The Australian star said she was ‘happy and ready’ to step away from professional tennis
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Women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty has stunned the tennis world by announcing her retirement at the age of 25, saying she had decided to “chase other dreams and to put the rackets down.”
Barty became the first home player to win a singles title at the Australian Open in 44 years in January, making her a three-time Grand Slam champion after success at the French Open in 2019 and Wimbledon in 2021.
The Australian star has spent 121 weeks at the top of the WTA rankings since 2019, but said in a retirement announcement posted on Instagram that she felt “spent.”
“Today is difficult and filled with emotion for me as I announce my retirement from tennis,” Barty wrote as she shared the news in an interview with fellow former Australian professional Casey Dellacqua.
“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.”
In the clip, Barty said she was “happy” with her decision to walk away, and that this time it would be unlike the hiatus she took back in 2014, when she dabbled with professional cricket before returning to the court in 2016.
“I know I’ve done this [retired] before but in a very different feeling and I am so grateful to everything that tennis has given me,” said Barty.
“It’s given me all of my dreams, plus more, but I know that the time is right now for me to step away and chase other dreams and to put the rackets down.
“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time and I’ve had a lot of incredible moments in my career that have been pivotal moments.