After quitting from tennis, Ashleigh Barty has returned to the headlines. It appears that the former world number one has taken up the sport of Golf. Even outside of the Tennis courts, Barty has a long history of participating in various forms of physical activity. She declared her retirement in 2014 to pursue a career in cricket, which she has done since.
The Australian’s break from the racquet paid off, as he returned to the courts in 2016 stronger than ever before. After her return, she not only broke the record for most aces in a single match (17) against American Sofia Kenin, but she also won her 14th career tournament in Adelaide, Australia, defeating Elena Rybakina.
As if taking a break helped her refuel so she could win three grand slams and overtake Japan’s Naomi Osaka as the top player in the WTA rankings in 2019. Tennis fans were taken aback on March 23 when Barty, then 25 years old, announced her second retirement from the sport. She now plays golf and, when asked by reporters if she plans to pursue a professional career in golf in the future, says, “It’s hard to say if I will be able to pursue a professional golf career, the certain thing is that I love the sport.”
The distinctions between golf and tennis are explained by Ashleigh Barty.
“Tennis is a fast and responsive sport, which is why it’s so different,” remarked the 26-year-old Australian.
There’s nothing like it. Because it moves slowly, you have plenty of time to consider your options.” That means she still has to take off, as we infer. We don’t know if she’s taking a break from tennis to recharge her batteries or if it’s a permanent decision. We do know that Barty is currently in a new sporting realm in which she is at ease.
It is our hope that she can return to her ace-making ways and continue to delight us on the tennis courts. There is also the possibility that she may have a long career ahead of her.
In addition, she does not have a US OPEN in her resume.