Ash Barty, Australia’s world number one, has announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 25. The news comes less than two months after she won her third Grand Slam singles championship at home, the Australian Open.
Barty’s current No. 1 ranking is the fourth-longest in the WTA Tour’s history, after only Steffi Graf (186 weeks), Serena Williams (186) and Martina Navratilova (156). Barty won three major singles titles on three different surfaces: the 2019 French Open, the 2021 Wimbledon, and the Australian Open in January. She won 15 singles titles and 12 doubles titles in total, more than any other active player.
She posted an Instagram video to make this announcement. Barty said that the time was right for her to retire and this decision made her happy. She said that she gave the sport her all, which for her is a success.
She said, “I wasn’t quite sure of how I was gonna do this . . . it’s hard to say … I’m so happy and I’m so ready. I just know at the moment in my heart for me as a person this is right. I’ve given absolutely everything I have to this beautiful sport of tennis, and I’m really happy with that. For me, that is my success.”
Adding further, she said she had no more physical energy to put in the game and she is happy with what she had achieved.
“I know how much work it takes to bring the best out of yourself. I’ve said it to my team multiple times – `I just don’t have that in me anymore.’ Physically, I have nothing more to give. I’ve given absolutely everything I have to this beautiful sport of tennis, and I’m really happy with that,” Barty said.
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Here are some Twitter reactions
Happy for @ashbarty gutted for tennis 🎾 what a player❤️
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) March 23, 2022
Ash Barty is # 1 in the world, 25 years old, and in the prime of her career.
She just retired
— Patrick McEnroe (@PatrickMcEnroe) March 23, 2022
What a legend. Incredible inspiration on and off the court. One of the best human beings I’ve ever met.
Our number 1! Best of luck @ashbarty 💞
— Shelby Rogers (@Shelby_Rogers_) March 23, 2022
Ash Barty. Amazing tennis player but even better person. A champion in every sense of the word. Very proud of you mate ❤️
— Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) March 23, 2022
Ash Barty retires from tennis at 25. She said she’s been thinking about it for a long time & it was time to put down the racquets. Winning Wimbledon & the Aus Open in her mind was the perfect way to finish. Such an inspiration. Go well @ashbarty! Can’t wait to see what’s next!
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) March 23, 2022
Ash Barty wins at life. That much has always been pretty clear. pic.twitter.com/1s25rnY51Z
— Gill Gross 🇺🇦 (@Gill_Gross) March 23, 2022
An inspiration, a magician on the court, a champion of Wimbledon and the Australian Open – World Number One.
As you climbed to the very top, you lifted us all.
Congratulations to Ash Barty on a magnificent career. 🇦🇺🎾 pic.twitter.com/Us2B3Z5Ob0
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) March 23, 2022