Ashleigh Barty retires from professional tennis at age 25

March 25, 2022

Ashleigh Barty is retiring from professional tennis, she announced in a post on Instagram. In a surprise announcement, world number one Ashleigh Barty on Wednesday said she is retiring.
“Today is difficult and filled with emotion for me as I announce my retirement from tennis,” the Australian said on Instagram. “Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, I’ll always be grateful for the lifelong memories that we created together.”
Barty, 25, has won 15 titles on the WTA Tour and holds a career record of 305-102. The Australian has been the World No. 1 since June 24, 2019.
Earlier in her career, Barty took a sabbatical in 2014 at age 18 when she was ranked outside the Top 200 in singles. During her break, she played cricket and earned a contract with the Brisbane Heat of the Women’s Big Bash League for the 2015-16 season. She returned from a 21-month hiatus in May 2016 and was ranked as a Top 20 player by the end of 2017.
Barty is a three-time Grand Slam champion, winning titles at the 2019 French Open, the 2021 Wimbledon and the Australian Open earlier this year. She is also a Grand Slam doubles champion, winning the 2018 US Open with partner CoCo Vandeweghe. Barty leaves tennis after winning 25 of her last 26 matches.
The 2021 Wimbledon champion has been world number one since winning the 2019 French Open.
After winning the 2022 Australian Open, Barty also became the first Australian woman tennis player to claim victory at the home tournament since 1978.

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