The Australian tennis player campion Ashleigh Barty has retired

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The Australian woman tennis player Ashleigh Barty has retired at the age of 25, less than two months after winning the Australian Open, her third Grand Slam singles triumph following Wimbledon in 2021 and the 2019 French Open. She became the first Australian to win the title at her home Grand Slam event in 44 years. “I don’t have the physical drive, the emotional want and everything it takes to challenge yourself at the very top level any more. I am spent,” she declared. She spent a total of 121 weeks as world number one. “I’ll never, ever stop loving tennis, it’s been a massive part of my life, but I think it’s important that I get to enjoy the next part of my life as Ash Barty the person, not Ash Barty the athlete,” Barty also added to explain her move.

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She earned almost $24 million in career prizemoney and as a national hero having ended a 44-year wait for a home winner at the Australian Open in January by beating American Danielle Collins in the final. Players and officials sent now their good thoughts to her. WTA boss Steve Simon said Barty always led by example “through the unwavering professionalism and sportsmanship she brought to every match. „ It’s extremely rare for a professional athlete in any sport to step away while at the very top of her game. But a few others did it. In November 2021, Barty and Australian professional golfer Garry Kissick announced their engagement.