World number one Ashleigh Barty, 25, has announced that she is retiring from tennis. At the height of her career, having already won the Australian Open this year, the tennis player admits she has nothing to give – in fact, she hasn’t competed since January.
The news was revealed by the Aussie in a video on social media instagram as an interview with former peer partner Casey Dellacqua, with a press conference promised.
“Today is a difficult and emotional day for me as I announce my retirement from tennis. I know as a person it is a good decision.
“I know how much work it takes to get the best out of yourself and I don’t have that anymore. I don’t have the physical drive, the emotional desire and whatever it takes to keep challenging myself at the top,” he said.
“I’m grateful for everything tennis has given me, it’s given me all my dreams and more, but physically I can’t give more. I told my team that I couldn’t take it anymore. “, she explained, who had already taken a break, younger, at 17. He also said that he had considered quitting since his victory at Wimbledon last year, but that leaving after winning at home is “perfect”.
World number one since 2019, Barty has won three Grand Slam titles: Roland-Garros (2019), Wimbledon (2021) and the Australian Open this year.