Australia’s world number one Ashleigh Barty announced retirement from professional tennis at the age of 25. Barty in an emotional video said, “I wasn’t quite sure of how I was gonna do this, it’s hard to say…I’m so happy and I’m so ready. I just know at the moment in my heart for me as a person this is right.”
Barty said, “I'm so grateful for what tennis has given me. But I know the time is right for me to step away and chase other dreams.”
The Australian further mentioned that she had been considering retirement for a “long time,” adding that the win in Wimbledon in 2021 prompted her to consider calling it off.
Barty in her post further mentioned that she will also be holding a press conference to talk in detail about her decision to retire.
The WTA, on their official Twitter handle, also released a statement following Barty's announcement.
"Current WTA world number one Ashleigh Barty has today announced her retirement from professional tennis following a remarkable career at the top of the women's game," the WTA said.
“It’s extremely rare for a professional athlete in any sport to step away while at the very top of her game, but Barty leaves with a sterling set of credentials that will almost certainly land her in the International Tennis Hall of Fame," the WTA statement added.
Thanking the 25-year-old on her contributions to the sport, the WTA wrote, “For every young girl that has looked up to you. For every one of us that you've inspired. For your love of the game. Thank you, @ashbarty for the incredible mark you've left on-court, off-court and in our hearts.”
Barty won three Grand Slam titles; Australian Open (2022), French Open (2019), and Wimbledon (2021), lifting 15 singles and 12 doubles titles in a celebrated career.