Ash Barty, the number one tennis player, announces her surprise retirement at the age of 25

The world tennis number onethe Australian Ash Bartyannounced this Wednesday that he is retiring from this sport at the age of 25 due to physical and mental exhaustion.

“Today is a difficult day full of emotions because I announce that I am retiring from tennis,” he said. Barty in the message that accompanies a video that he posted on his Instagram account in which he thanked for the support throughout his sports career and highlighted the feelings of “pride and fullness” that this sport leaves him with.

“I no longer have the physical drive, the emotional drive or everything else it takes to challenge yourself at the top of the level. I’m exhausted,” said Barty, who has been the number one racket in the world for more than two years. and was crowned champion in the Australian Open.

“There is no right way or wrong way, it is my way”, Barty said in the taped interview with former Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua and posted on Instagram today.

Three Grand Slams

The last match that Barty played as a professional was the final of the last Australian Open, in which she won the American in straight sets. Danielle Collins and became the first local tennis player to win the tournament in 44 years.

It was the third Grand Slam title of the current world number one in the WTA rankings, after having also lifted the Roland Garros trophy in 2019 and the Wimbledon trophy in 2021.

It is not the first time that Barty leaves tennis, he already did it in 2014, being a 17 year old teenagerto dedicate himself professionally to cricket, before returning to the courts two years later, when he began a dazzling progression that took him to the world throne of women’s tennis.

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The year of its definitive takeoff was 2019, when it achieved in Paris his first Grand Slam title and became number one in the world for the first time, a position he has held ever since for 119 weeks.

Barty has achieved 15 singles and 12 doubles titles in his tennis career.

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