Wimbledon, world No 1, career break: 10 questions about Ash Barty

Ash Barty is already one of the best Australian tennis players in history. As she chases a first US Open title, here are the answers to 10 questions you may have about the world No 1

23 November 2021

When was Ash Barty born?

Ashleigh Barty was born on April 24, 1996 in Ipswich, Australia. Barty continues to live there. She is 5 ft 5 in, according to her profile on the WTA Tour.

Why did Ash Barty miss the 2021 WTA Finals?

Ash Barty withdrew from Indian Wells in 2021 to return to her native Australia.

“She has been away from home since March and with the two-week hotel quarantine requirement to come into Australia it has not been possible for her to return home before now,” her manager Nikki Mathias said in a statement in September.

She qualified for the WTA Finals, to be held at the start of November, but confirmed in October that she would not be competing there.

“With the ongoing challenges of travelling back to Queensland and quarantine requirements, I am not willing to compromise my preparation for January,” she announced via Tennis Australia.

Has Ash Barty won Wimbledon?

Yes, Barty claimed the Wimbledon title in 2021, beating Karolina Pliskova in the final to become the first Australian woman to win the title since Evonne Goolagong, who is also her mentor, won the second of her two Wimbledon crowns in 1980.

How many Grand Slams has Ash Barty won?

Two. Barty won her first Grand Slam singles title at the 2019 French Open, beating Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 in the final. She then won Wimbledon in 2021, defeating Pliskova in the final, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3.

Which country is Ash Barty from?

Barty is an Australian and is very attached to her country and her roots. By claiming the 2019 French Open title, her maiden Grand Slam, Barty became the first Australian to win in Paris since Margaret Court in 1973. In June 2019, she also became the first Australian player to become world No 1 since Goolagong in 1976.

The Australian edition of the magazine Marie Claire revealed in November 2021 that she was one of their Women of the Year.

How many titles has Ash Barty won?

Ash Barty has won 13 titles in her career, including five so far in 2021. Her first title came in Kuala Lumpur in 2017 and her most recent triumph was in Cincinnati in 2021.

When did she start playing tennis?

Barty started playing tennis at four, when her parents introduced her to the sport. “I used to play against the wall of the house as soon as I came home from school,” Barty had said. By the time she was 12, Barty was already playing with adults.

Who are Ash Barty’s parents?

Barty’s parents are Robert and Josie Barty. Ash’s father belongs to the Ngarigo Aboriginal community and works for the Australian government. Her mother is a radiologist in Australia, and is the daughter of English immigrants. Barty also has two sisters, Ali and Sarah.

When did Barty start her pro career?

Barty began her professional career in 2010, at the age of 14. At the same time, she was the world No 2 junior and the 2011 Wimbledon girls singles champion. The Australian won her first match on the WTA tour in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by beating Chanel Simmonds.

Tired of travelling and missing home, Barty took a break from her tennis career in September 2014 at the age of 18. During her time away from tennis, she pursued top-level cricket in Australia. Two years later, in 2016, Barty decided to return to tennis. “It was the best decision to leave and an even better decision to return to tennis,” she said after her French Open triumph in 2019.

Who is Ash Barty’s coach?

Ashleigh Barty is coached by Australian Craig Tyzzer. He has been coaching Barty since the start of her second career in 2016. With him, Ash Barty won her first Grand Slam, at Roland-Garros in 2019 and became world No 1 that same year. Craig Tyzzer was named WTA Women’s Coach of the Year in 2019.

Is Ash Barty married?

Barty is engaged to Australian golfer Garry Kissick. They met in 2016 when Barty came to play golf at a club in Brisbane. They announced their engagement on November 23, 2021.

Is Barty on social media?

Barty has an Instagram account, followed by 256,000 people as of July 2021. The Australian regularly posts pictures from her life on the WTA tour as well as pictures with her boyfriend or her dogs. Barty is also on Twitter (@ashbarty), followed by 103,000 people.

What is her religion?

Barty is Christian. She is also very committed to her heritage. She is the ambassador of Indigenous tennis in Australia and works to attract young Aborigines into tennis.

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