Ash Barty Announces Shock Retirement From Tennis

by Staff | March 22nd, 2022, 10:02 pm

In a stunning announcement, Ash Barty has retired from pro tennis.

“Today is difficult and filled with emotion for me as I announce my retirement from tennis,” Barty posted on social media. “I wasn’t sure how to share this news with you so I asked my good friend @caseydellacqua to help me. I am so thankful for everything this sport has given me and leave feeling proud and fulfilled. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, I’ll always be grateful for the lifelong memories that we created together 🤍”

In an interview with good friend Casey Dellacqua, the world No. 1 said she’s “spent”.

“It’s the first time I’ve actually said it out loud and, yeah, it’s hard to say,” Barty told Dellacqua. “But I’m so happy, and I’m so ready.

“I don’t have the physical drive, the emotional want and everything it takes to challenge yourself at the very top of the level any more. I am spent.”

Barty will finish with 15 titles including three Grand Slams on three different surfaces. Her last match will be her historic Australian Open title in January.

“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.

“For me, that is my success.”

Barty also retired from tennis before, back in 2013 when she spend 2.5 years off the tour playing cricket before coming back. Might this retirement also be shortlived?

“I know I’ve done this before,” Barty said. “But in a very different feeling. I’m so grateful to everything that tennis has given me. It’s given me all of my dreams, plus more, but I know that the time is right now for me to step away and chase other dreams and to, yeah, put the rackets down.”

The 25-year-old Barty is still No. 1 for the week. Now the WTA will have to decide to either remove her — allowing Iga Swiatek to move to No. 1 — or keep her on top in case she does return. But with her Melbourne win and ranking, she leaves on top similar to how Flavia Pennetta and Marion Bartoli left the game after winning a Slam.

“The challenge of the Australian Open, and I think that for me, feels like the most perfect way – my perfect way – to celebrate what an amazing journey my tennis career has been,” Barty said. “As a person, this is what I want. I want to chase after some other dreams that I’ve always wanted to do.”

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4 Comments for Ash Barty Announces Shock Retirement From Tennis

BT Says:

As an Aussie I am shattered by this news. Finally we get a fantastic player who is actually a really nice person as well (instead of an embarrassing douche like Kyrgios and Tomic), does Australia proud and can actually be consistent, only for her to pull the plug now while she is on top of the world.

She’s not the first to quit while #1 though. I remember Justine Henin doing the same thing.

Thanks for the great tennis and great memories Ash. You will be missed!

Zed Says:

What the Hell? After all it took to get there?

PK Says:

As a tennis fan, I am also shattered. She was barely here, at the top, and is leaving us already??

Such a gifted athlete and a truly nice person with a disarming honesty, it’s a remarkable loss for the sport.

Hopefully, she’ll reconsider retirement after a year away from the spotlight. Or is she heading back to playing cricket?

chrisford1 Says:

A loss for tennis but there was discussion before that tennis wasn’t everything for Barty and she might retire early. (Just not this early!) A credit to Australia and the tradition of fair play and good cheer Australian athletes have – after some head cases on the men’s side of tennis detracted from that.
Whatever she decides to do, most fans wish her the best!

One last thing is if Barty will ask to remove herself from the rankings as Henin did when she retired #1 and others have done.
If so, that will put Iga Swiatek as #1

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