Former three-time Grand Slam champion Ashleigh Barty once confirmed that she has no plans to return to tennis. Barty, 26, announced a surprising retirement from tennis at the end of March, at the age of 25, when she was still the highest-ranked player in the world.
Barty’s decision to retire while still in his prime surprised many. «I have not finished. You can never say never but no. No no no. I’m done,» Barty told the Australian Associated Press.
Barty: No more white line fever
Since retiring from professional tennis, Barty has indicated several times that she is at peace with her decision.
“I am no longer training to be an athlete. I’m not training for a job, I’m training for fun. I miss competing and challenging myself against the best in the world, but I don’t miss much of what comes with that.
I remain competitive with myself when I train at home. I’m still trying hard, but no more white line fever. And I never really felt like there was this void that needed to be filled because there was a genuine sense of accomplishment at the end of my career.
I think I wasn’t looking for the competitive beast anymore,» explained Barty. In the past, Barty gave up tennis and tried herself in cricket. Since she retired, there has been speculation that Barty might prove herself again. in another sport.
Now, Barty says she is not interested in becoming a commentator and has also dismissed claims she could return to cricket or even become a hockey player. «The jockey [idea and the meme that came out] it was funny never.
It could never be my new favorite word,» added Barty. Since Barty retired, Iga Swiatek has established herself as the new face of women’s tennis. Some lament Barty’s retirement because they feel that Barty and Swiatek would have made an outstanding rivalry.