Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty, who was previously ranked as the best female player in the world and has won three major tournaments, has recently become a mother as she and her husband, Garry Kissick, joyfully welcomed their first child into the world.
In a shared update on Instagram, Ashleigh Barty, and Garry Kissick revealed the wonderful news of their son’s birth. The post, uploaded on Tuesday, 4th of July, was accompanied by a heartwarming caption that simply stated, “Our beautiful boy – Welcome to the world, Hayden!”
At the young age of 25, Ashleigh Barty surprised the tennis community in the previous year with her decision to retire from professional tennis, despite holding the esteemed position of world No. 1. This stunning announcement came following a remarkable run where she triumphed in three consecutive grand slam tournaments.
Barty secured victory at the French Open in 2019, followed by Wimbledon in 2021, and ultimately the Australian Open in 2022. Her retirement marked the end of an extraordinary chapter in her career.
In March 2022, upon announcing her retirement, Barty expressed her understanding of the immense dedication required to unlock one’s full potential. She acknowledged that she had often emphasized this point to her team but admitted that she no longer possessed the same drive within herself. Barty recognized that the demanding journey of self-improvement was no longer something she could pursue.
“I have reached a point where I lack the physical motivation, the emotional desire, and the overall requirements necessary to push myself to the pinnacle of the sport. I have come to the realization that I am depleted. Physically, I have given my all, and for me, that is what defines success.”
After giving it considerable thought for a significant period, Barty disclosed that retirement had been on her mind for quite some time. The decision was ultimately solidified by her victorious moments at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open. These triumphs served as the perfect way for her to celebrate the incredible journey her tennis career had been.
Throughout her impressive career, Barty achieved remarkable success, claiming a total of 15 singles titles and 12 doubles titles on the WTA Tour. Notably, she made history as the first Australian to win the Australian Open singles title since 1978.
Yet, Barty’s exceptional talents extend beyond the tennis court. She showcased her skills in professional cricket, playing for the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League.
Additionally, she has a keen interest in golf and even emerged victorious in the women’s championship at the Brookwater Golf Club near Brisbane in 2020.
Notably, her golfing abilities caught the attention of the legendary Tiger Woods, who once praised her for having a “great swing.”
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