In an absolutely shocking turn of events, current World No.1 Ash Barty has decided to retire from professional tennis. Barty, who is just 25 years old was the best player on the current women’s circuit by a mile. She had won 2 of the last 3 grand slam titles and was just one US Open title triumph away from achieving a career grand slam.
Barty was set to return on the court at Indian Wells but decided to skip the golden swing because she felt she wasn’t ready. She announced a few weeks back that she’d play the Billie Jean King Cup but all of a sudden, Barty took to social media to announce her retirement.
She did a little interview with her close friend and tennis player, Casey Dellacqua. In a 5-minute interview, Barty spoke about how retirement was on her mind after winning Wimbledon last year.
“Today is difficult and filled with emotion for me as I announce my retirement from tennis. I wasn’t sure how to share this news with you so I asked my good friend Casey Dellacqua to help me. I am so thankful for everything this sport has given me and leave feeling proud and fulfilled. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, I’ll always be grateful for the lifelong memories that we created together,” she wrote.
In the video, Barty started by saying that she knows she has done this before, but this time, she has a different feeling about retirement. “I know I’ve done this before but in a very different feeling,” she said. “I’m so happy and I’m so ready and I just know at the moment, in my heart, for me as a person, this is right.”
‘I know how much work it takes to bring the best out of yourself and I don’t have that in me anymore’: Ash Barty
Barty said that there was a perspective shift in me in this 2nd phase of my career that her happiness wasn’t dependent on results anymore. “There was a perspective shift in me in this 2nd phase of my career that my happiness wasn’t dependent on the results and success for me is knowing I’ve given everything that I can,” she said.
She also acknowledged the fact that she knows what it takes it brings the best out of herself but said that she believes that she doesn’t have that in herself.
“I know how much work it takes to bring the best out of yourself & I’ve said it to my team multiple times it’s just I don’t have that in me anymore. I don’t have the physical drive, the emotional want & everything it takes to challenge yourself at the top level anymore,” she said.
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