|Ashleigh Barty Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5.5 in|
|Date of Birth||April 24, 1996|
Ashleigh Barty is an Australian retired professional tennis player and former cricketer who is highly recognized and best known for being at the number 1 spot in the singles edition of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and being the 2nd Australian to be at the highest rank next to the legendary player, Evonne Goolagong Cawley. In her entire playing career, she has acquired countless noteworthy awards which she won from both singles and doubles tournaments. Aside from securing the no. 1 spot in singles, Barty’s name also reached the top 10 players in doubles which placed her at rank no. 5 in the overall ranking worldwide. From the looks of her playing history and winning streaks, it’s not a question as to how she has managed to maintain her reputation and how she became one of the best players in the world of tennis. As of July 2019, she has won 6 titles in singles and 10 in doubles including the Grand Slam singles title for the 2019 French Open and another Grand Slam doubles title for the 2018 US Open. Her interest in playing tennis started when she was 4 years old. Before she debuted as a professional, she already had a good reputation as an aspirant tennis player growing up and later had a promising junior career with an outstanding world junior ranking hitting the no.2 spot.
She started playing low-level tournaments and won her first title at the Grade 4 Australian International event just before she reached the age of 14. Barty’s early years were off to a great start as she honed and prepared herself to debut as a professional tennis player. More low-level tournaments had been added to her playing history until the end of 2010, completing a record of 24-2 in 5 events for 1 season while also winning a Grade 2 title in Thailand. In 2011, she made her first junior Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open during which she lost in an opening match against her opponent, Lauren Davis. In 2017, she won her first WTA title at the Malaysian Open which placed her at no. 17 in the world. Shortly after she had a winning year in both singles and doubles in 2017, she had another victory when she won her first Premier Mandatory and Grand Slam tournament titles in doubles in 2018, which turned out to be the same awards she won in singles in 2019. As for her style play, she’s an all-court player who performs a wide variety of shots with her “two-handed backhand” position. Apart from her successful career in tennis, Barty was also a former cricketer who took her time off from playing tennis and turned to cricket in 2014, which led her to play for Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bag Leash (WBBL).
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
She went to Woodcrest State College.
Retired Professional Tennis Player
- Father – Robert Barty (Government Employee)
- Mother – Josie Barty (Radiographer)
- Siblings – Sara Barty (Older Sister), Ali Barty (Older Sister)
Ashleigh Barty is represented by NC Management.
Right-handed (Two-handed Backhand)
5 ft 5.5 in or 166.5 cm
62 kg or 136.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Ashleigh Barty has dated –
- Garry Kissick – She is dating PGA Trainee Professional, Garry Kissick. From the looks of both of their Instagram photos, it seems as though the lovebirds are very much supportive of each other’s careers and endeavors. Barty and Gissick often tend to post random photos of them together on their respective Instagram profiles, which implies that they do not shy away from the public when it comes to sharing updates about their dating life.
Race / Ethnicity
She has English-Australian ancestry on her mother’s side and Ngarigo Aboriginal ancestry on her father’s side.
Dark Brown (Natural)
- Short Stature
- Toned Physique
- Long U-shaped Jawline
- Thin Lips
Ashleigh Barty has endorsed brands such as –
- Kayo Sports
Best Known For
- Hitting the no.1 spot in the world in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and being the 2d Australian to hold the highest rank in the WTA singles next to the tennis legend, Evonne Goolagong Cawley
- Being an all-round top player for both singles and doubles tournaments
- Her outstanding achievements and contributions in the sports world particularly in the game tennis
First Tennis Match
In April 2010, she made her professional debut at an International Tennis Federation (ITF) event held at her hometown Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, wherein she lost the match against her opponent, Karolina Wlodarczak. Her first win in a professional tournament came in a match against Ayu Fani Damayanti.
First Cricket Match
In 2015, Barty made her professional debut with the Brisbane Heat in a match against Melbourne Stars during which she hit 39 off 27 balls with one six.
In an interview with Women’s Health in 2017, Barty shared what her usual daily training day looked like. She would do a 45-minute body preparation work every morning which would include either stretching or working out on her weaker areas. She and her team would do a movement session before they head out to practice for 2 hours. After practice, they’d hit the gym in the afternoon for conditioning usually after lunchtime and then a rehab session would be the next to be off their checklist. Their training workarounds were random on-court and gym sessions if in case they needed to do extra training on that particular day.
As for her diet, she specified that her training diet plan was a “little bit different” to the actual diet that she followed when she’s preparing for a match. Barty’s breakfast would have a coffee, either banana or Vegemite on toast with yogurt on regular days. After practice, she would usually have a piece of fruit followed by a “good lunch” to boost her up for the rest of the day. Her post-training meal only served an afternoon coffee, a piece of fruit, then followed by a simple dinner with 4 or 5 vegetables.
Ashleigh Barty Favorite Things
- Pets – Dogs
- Snack – Coffee
- Hobbies – Fishing
- TV Shows – The Simpsons, Modern Family
- Surface When Playing Tennis – Grass
- Holiday Destination – North Stradbroke Island
Source – WomensHealth.com.au
Ashleigh Barty Facts
- She started playing tennis at the age of 4.
- She’s terrified of heights.
- Barty is an ultimate coffee lover.
- She is the National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia.
- She is a supporter of various sports teams including the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League, Manchester United in the English Premier League, and Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League.
- In the years 2017 and 2018, Barty was recognized as the “Female Sportsperson of the Year” at the National Dreamtime Awards, a ceremony that honors Indigenous Australians.
- Despite being just a 16-year-old girl, she became a member of Australia’s Fed Cup team in 2013.
- Ashleigh won her first Wimbledon title in the singles category in 2021 after defeating Karolina Pliskova. This was her 2nd Grand Slam win. The first one was the French Open in 2019.
- After her singles title win in Wimbledon 2021, she became the first Australian woman in 41 years to win Wimbledon’s singles title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.
- In January 2022, Ashleigh became the first Australian woman to win the Australian Open singles title in 44 years. She defeated Danielle Collins of the United States in 1 hour and 27 minutes to win the Australian Open title.
- For winning the Australian Open title in January 2022, Ashleigh received the prize money of AU$2,875,000.
- In March 2022, Ashleigh announced her retirement from tennis at the age of just 25. She was world #1 at that time.
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