Zat the end of his resignation announcement, number one in the world rankings in tennis had to cry. Ashleigh “Ash” Barty explained bravely and in remarkable words for just over five minutes why she surprisingly ended her career a month before her 26th birthday and wanted to “chase other dreams” in the future.
At the end of the conversation with her former double partner Casey Dellacqua, she thanked the Australian, remembered the many great moments and suggested a hug – the feelings were not only too great Down Under on this special Wednesday for sports.
6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 2) at the Australian Open on January 29 against Danielle Collins was her last appearance as an active player. For the first time since 1978, Barty had secured a home triumph in Melbourne. Before that, she had Wimbledon (“It was my dream.
The one big dream in tennis ”) and won the French Open. The Ipswich-born right-handed player has also been at the top of the world rankings for 114 weeks – only three players have had a longer streak than her: Steffi Graf (186), Serena Williams (186) and Martina Navratilova (156). In total, she was number one in the world for 121 weeks and won 25 of the last 26 matches. Barty is at her highest and still young. Nevertheless, she breaks up – because she can not and wants no more.
“I do not have that in me anymore. The physical drive, the emotional desire and everything it takes to put yourself at the absolute climax. I’m exhausted, “Barty said.” I gave everything and it’s a success for me. I’m very happy with it. I know people may not understand it. It is okay.”
By the age of 18, she had already put her career on hold for almost two years due to the pressure and too much traveling and playing cricket professionally during the break. “I know I’ve done this before, but with a completely different feeling,” she said now. “I am so grateful for all that tennis has given me. It has fulfilled all my dreams and more. But I know the time has come for me to step back and chase other dreams and put the bat away from me.”
In Australia, the news of the end of the career of tennis world number one Ashleigh Barty spread like wildfire. Media Down Under spoke of a “shocking message”.
Of Australian Open it was said that the 25-year-old’s career inspired the whole world. “Thank you Ash Barty for everything. We wish you all the best in your (tennis) retirement and will always be here to cheer you on to the next chapter in your life.”
The Prime Minister of Queensland, where Barty was born, took to Twitter to congratulate the 25-year-old on her “incredible career”. Barty is “a champion on and off the tennis court” and a great role model, stressed Annastacia Palaszczuk. “Thank you for inspiring us all to do our best.”
Barty is “an incredible ambassador for this sport and for women”
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) wrote under Barty’s post on Instagram: “Thank you for being such an incredible ambassador for this sport and for women all over the world! We will miss you very much Ash.”
WTA chief Steve Simon recognized Barty as one of the “great champions of the WTA” and wished her good luck. “We will miss you.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also thanked: “It was great talking to you today Ash Barty and just saying ‘thank you Ash’,” Morrison wrote in a tweet. “Thank you for inspiring the nation. You are just amazing,” said the Prime Minister. The athlete’s achievements would be celebrated forever. “On behalf of all Australians, I wish you and your fiancé Garry all the best in your marriage and in your new life together . “
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt also spoke on social media about a “great career” that culminated in the “incredible victory” at the Australian Open. Ash Barty wants to go down in Australian sports history.
In her remarkable justification, Barty then also explained that after the break, she no longer defined success in terms of results. “In the second phase of my career, there was this awareness that my happiness does not depend on the results. Success for me is knowing that I gave everything,” she said. “It is important now that I can enjoy this next phase. of my life as Ash Barty, the man. Not like Ash Barty, the athlete. “