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‘I’m exhausted’ – World No. 1 Ash Barty, 25, is retiring from tennis

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World number one Ash Barty announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 25.

The Australian, who has won three Grand Slams and is the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, said she would be retiring from the sport for a second time to “chase other dreams”.

The Queenslander revealed she was retiring in an Instagram video she took with boyfriend and former doubles partner Casey Dellacqua.

Barty said: “I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it, but I think so many times in my life, both professionally and personally, you’ve been there for me.

“And I just couldn’t think, ‘There’s no right way, there’s no wrong way.’ It’s just my way and that’s perfect for me to share with you to talk to my team, my loved ones about I’m going to retire from tennis.

“And so I actually said it out loud for the first time and yeah it’s hard to say but I’m so happy and I’m so ready and I know in my heart right now it’s right for me as a person.”

The right-hander said winning Wimbledon – the first time an Australian has won a singles title at the Championships in almost 20 years – was her “one dream come true”.

Her voice cracked as she told Dellacqua that resigning was “something I’ve thought about for a long time.”

“I’ve had a lot of incredible moments in my career that were defining moments,” she said.
“Wimbledon last year changed a lot for me as a person and for me as an athlete when you work so hard towards a goal throughout your life and I was able to share that with so many incredible people.

“But being able to win Wimbledon, which was my dream, my one true dream that I wanted in tennis, that really changed my perspective.

“I know how much work it takes to bring out the best in yourself … I don’t have that in me anymore,” she added.

“I no longer have the physical drive, the emotional desire and everything it takes to challenge myself at the highest level. I am exhausted.”

Former world no.

“Ash, what can I say, you know I’m in tears, right? My friend, I will miss you on the tour. You were different and special and we shared some amazing moments,” the Romanian tweeted.

“What’s next for you? Grand Slam Champion in Golf?! Be happy and enjoy your life to the fullest xo Simo.”

Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott, the only man to complete the Golden Slam in quad singles, said Barty was an “even better person” than a tennis player.

Alcott tweeted: “Ash Barty. Amazing tennis player, but even better person. A champion in the truest sense of the word. Very proud of you mate.”

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