French Open, cricket, career break – 10 questions about Ashleigh Barty
At age 25, Ashleigh Barty is already one of the best Australian tennis players in history. Here are some answers to the 10 questions you may ask about her.
WTA World No 1 Ashleigh Barty took most of 2020 off, opting to stay in her native Australia rather than travel the world during the coronavirus pandemic. She has returned to action in style, with her triumphs in 2021 including a defence of the Miami Open title she first won in 2019, and a clay-court title at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.
When was Ashleigh Barty born?
Ashleigh Barty was born on April 24, 1996 in Ipswich, Australia. She still lives there.
How tall is she?
According to her profile on the official WTA website, Barty is 5’5’’ (166cm) tall. Her weight isn’t mentioned.
What’s Barty’s nationality?
Barty is an Australian player, very attached to her country. 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 Evonne Goolagong in 1976.
At what age 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.”
By the time Barty was 12, she was already playing with adults.
Who are Barty’s parents?
Barty’s parents are Robert and Josie Barty. Ashleigh’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 she start her pro career?
Barty began her professional career in 2010, at age 14. At the same time, she was world junior No 2 and was the Girls’ Wimbledon champion in 2011. The Australian won her first match on the WTA main tour in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She defeated Chanel Simmonds.
Tired of travelling and missing home, Ashleigh Barty stopped her tennis career in September 2014 at the age of 18 to pursue top-level cricket in Australia. Two years later, in 2016, Ashleigh 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 Barty’s coach?
Ashleigh Barty’s coach is the Australian Craig Tyzzer. He has been coaching his compatriot since the start of her second career in 2016. With him, Ashleigh Barty won her first Grand Slam, 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.
Who is Barty’s boyfriend?
Barty’s boyfriend is Australian golfer Garry Kissick. They met in 2016 when Barty came to play golf at a club in Brisbane.
Does Barty have Instagram?
Barty has an Instagram account, followed by 239,000 people as of March 2020. The Australian regularly posts pictures from her life on the WTA Tour as well as pictures of her with her boyfriend or her dogs. Barty also has a Twitter account (@ashbarty), followed by 98,000 people.
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What is her religion?
Barty is a 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.