Ashleigh Barty

Ashleigh Barty retires from tennis aged 25!

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Ashleigh Barty, the world’s number one women’s singles tennis player, announced her retirement from the sport on Wednesday. She is only 25 years old. Barty’s stunning decision came less than two months after she won her third Grand Slam singles championship at the Australian Open.

 “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,” Barty said in an emotional video shared to social media on Wednesday.

“I’m so grateful for what tennis has given me. But I know the time is right for me to step away and chase other dreams,” she stated.

The Australian tennis star went on to say that she had been thinking about retiring for a “long time,” and that her victory at Wimbledon in 2021 pushed her to reconsider.

Barty, who is also a talented cricketer, became a pro in 2010 and made her mark on the world arena by winning the Wimbledon junior title at the age of 15 in 2011.

She went on to win Grand Slams on clay in the 2019 French Open, grass at Wimbledon in 2021, and hard courts at Melbourne Park earlier this year.

Following Barty’s announcement, the WTA issued a statement on their official Twitter account. The tweet states, “Current WTA world number one Ashleigh Barty has today announced her retirement from professional tennis following a remarkable career at the top of the women’s game.”

The WTA thanked the 25-year-old for her achievements in the sport, writing, “For every young girl that has looked up to you. For every one of us that you’ve inspired. For your love of the game. Thank you, @ashbarty for the incredible mark you’ve left on-court, off-court and in our hearts.”

This is not the first time she has left the sport. Barty departed the WTA tour in 2014, claiming burnout and stress. During that time, Barty was a member of the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League. In May 2016, she returned to tennis.