Australian Ashleigh Barty shocked the tennis world on Wednesday after the world number one decided to end her career in the courts at just 25 years, just weeks after her historic coronation of the Australian Open title.
“Today is a difficult and emotional day for me as I announce my retirement from tennis,” Barty said in a video on Instagram on Thursday.
In the gripping video she filmed with her best friend and former doubles partner, Casey Delacqua, Barty said she was “grateful for everything the sport has given me”.
She continued, “I’m so happy and so ready and I know right now in my heart as a human being this is the right move. I’m so grateful for everything tennis has given me. You gave me everything I dreamed of. . of and more. But I know it’s time for me to walk away and pursue other dreams. ” And set the rocket aside. “
The Australian has been at the top of the WTA rankings for more than two years, and she retires with three major titles at Roland Garros in France in 2019, Wimbledon in England in 2021 and the Australian Open at the beginning of this year when she became. the first Australian to win her country’s championship in 44 years Especially since Chris O’Neill in 1978.
It was Barty’s third major Australian Open title on another pitch, joining Serena Williams, the only one of the current players to have won on three different pitches.
And the WTA on Twitter, after her shocking decision, sent a message to Barty in which she said, “Thank you for being a wonderful ambassador for this sport and for women around the world. We will miss you very much, Ash.”
Barty is widely regarded as one of the most beloved players on the tennis court.
“I have nothing left to give”
Late last year, she called her longtime boyfriend Gary Kesick, who was always on the stands to encourage her and regularly posted messages of support on social media.
As for Barty, “Success is knowing I’ve given everything, all I can do,” according to the retirement video, adding: “I’m satisfied, I’m happy and I know how much work it takes to be the best of you withdraw, “justifies the decision she made that” I no longer have This (that driving force). I no longer have the physical driving force, the emotional desire and all that is needed to challenge yourself on the highest level. . ”
She remarked that she had completely drained her energy and “I know that on a physical level I have nothing left to give, and that (the thing) is for me success.”
Barty started her career in yellow football as a child in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, and won the Wimbledon women’s title in 2011 when she was fifteen years old.
But the range of expectations associated with the success left an impact on her and prompted her after three years to make a shocking decision to move away from tennis to move to the popular cricket game in Australia by using the To draw Brisbane. Heat up in the first issue of the Women’s League.
But the love of tennis prompted her to return after a year of deciding to retire, and then she started making her way to stars, reaching her first major title in 2019 at Roland Garros and then on the throne of the professional rankings, and becomes the first Australian to be placed first in the world since Yvonne Golagong-Cowley before his 50s.
After Barty won Wimbledon last year, Barty achieved the feat at the start of this year by winning her country’s championship after defeating American Danielle Collins in the final in a match that was 1-5 behind in his second set. before returning from afar to settle the confrontation. 6-3 7-6 (7). -2).
“This is something I have been thinking about for a long time. To be able to win Wimbledon was my dream, the only real dream I wanted in tennis,” the Australian, who has won 15 titles out of 21 finals, revealed in her retirement letter. My way of looking at things. “
“I had this feeling inside after Wimbledon and I talked to my team a lot about it. There was a small part of me that was not completely satisfied, was not completely satisfied. Then came the Australian Open challenge and I think that for me was the best way “to say goodbye after I recorded the title.
For the Australian Football Association, Barty will remain “forever number one in the world as a role model”.
Some of the biggest names in the game paid tribute to the Australian, such as the Romanian Simona Halep, who wrote on Twitter, “Ash, what can I say, do you know I’m shedding tears now? My friend, I’ll miss you. the track. You were different and special, and we shared some wonderful moments. “
And the former first-class Romanian speculated about Barty’s next destination and wondered if she was a “Grand Slam champion in golf ?!” would be.
And British star Andy Murray tweeted that he was happy for Barty, but “sad for tennis. What a player.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked her for inspiring a country, while Czech Karolina Plechkova, who beat the Australian in the Wimbledon final last year, congratulated her “on a fantastic career.”
“It was an honor to share the court with you,” the former Czech top official wrote on Twitter, while the other Czech, Petra Kvitova, wrote: “Ash, I can not find the words,” adding: “Actually, you show your true level by leaving tennis in such a beautiful way. I’m so happy to share the track with you. Tennis would not be the same without you! I respect you as a player and as a person .. I wish you nothing but the best! “