World number 1 Ashleigh Barty announced her retirement from tennis at just 25 years old. In the last year the strong Australian tennis player had returned to dominate the Tour, crowning all this with the great victory obtained a few months ago at the Australian Open 2022.
Ashleigh dominated and destroyed the competition on that occasion, leaving the crumbs to every opponent and dominating the Tour: "Today is a difficult day and
exciting for me because I am announcing my retirement from tennis," said the Australian in an interview on Instagram.
She then continued: "I want to pursue other dreams. I am aware that this is the right choice, at this moment I have no more motivations and above all I do not have the desire to play at high levels." An absolutely shocking and unexpected announcement for the tennis player, that she, already in 2014, had initially retired to devote herself to cricket.
In 2016 she changed her mind and she decided to return and this choice has brought her many successes. Three Grand Slam titles, her last about two months ago in hers in her Melbourne with Barty who was now the favorite in every major tournament on the Tour.
For three consecutive years Barty finished the season at the top of the WTA rankings, a feat that was only achieved by three icons of this sport such as Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams. Yet at the age of 25, the champion decided to say enough, upsetting the world of tennis and sport in general.
The news was spread by Barty's great friend Casey Dellacqua, a news that shocks all sports fans. In the video, posted on social media, the tennis player continued: "I have been thinking about it for a long time, and I have had very important moments in my career.
The victory at Wimbledon last year has changed me a lot as a person and as an athlete. It happens when you work so hard for a goal, and Wimbledon has been my real goal for years. I thought about it a lot after this Grand Slam, I talked about it to my team, but I felt that something was missing, that I was not completely satisfied.
Then came the challenge of the Australian Open, and I think it was the perfect way to celebrate the wonderful journey of my tennis career."