I have no regrets about retiring, it was what I wanted to do: Former World No. 1 Ash Barty

Ash Barty had sent shockwaves when she announced her retirement from tennis at the age of just 25 earlier in March this year. Her last Grand Slam victory was at the Australian Open 2022.

Former WTA World No. 1 Ash Barty during a golf match

Former WTA World No. 1 Ash Barty during a golf match. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ash Barty retired from tennis as world no.1 player
  • Barty announced retirement from tennis at the age of 25
  • Barty’s last Grand Slam victory was at Australian Open 2022

Former world number one Ash Barty has said that she has “no regrets” about retiring from tennis and added that she has no plans to pursue golf professionally.

Barty had sent shockwaves when she announced her retirement from the sport at the age of just 25 earlier in March this year. Her last victory in a Grand Slam came in January 2022 when she won her home major, the Australian Open.

“I have no regrets about retiring. Not one. I knew it was the right time for me. It was what I wanted to do,” Barty told The Guardian. “And yeah, it’s been incredible. It’s been everything that I’ve ever wanted.”

“Golf is a hobby and it always will be. I know what it takes to get to the very top of any sport, and I don’t have the desire or want to do the work required.”

The Australian had also won Wimbledon in 2021 and the French Open in 2019. Barty further said that she did not watch last week’s Wimbledon finals, adding that she never used to watch matches often, even when she was an active player.

Russia-born Elena Rybakina, who represented Kazakhstan, defeated Tunisian Ons Jabeur in the women’s singles final. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic clinched his fourth Wimbledon title in a row after defeating Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the men’s singles final.

“I didn’t watch this year’s Wimbledon finals. Sorry to disappoint. Obviously, I was wrapped for Ons and Elena Rybakina, who are both brilliant girls,” Barty said.

“It was obviously awesome to see Nick, who I’ve known for over a dozen years, get to the final. I hit enough tennis balls in my life. I don’t need to see others hitting them as well.”

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