Ash Barty Fed Cup Australia

Australian star Ash Barty ‘daring to dream’ at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Recently crowned Wimbledon champion Ash Barty has discussed what it will mean to represent Australia at the Olympics and her dream of being on the podium in Tokyo. 

The world number one, who will be representing Australia at the Olympics for the first time, said that being an Olympian has fulfilled her life-long dream.

Despite making her Olympics debut later this month, the 25-year-old is no stranger to representing Australia, having made her Fed Cup debut at 16 and playing an instrumental role in leading Australia to the 2019 Fed Cup final.

“Being an Olympian has always been a dream of mine as a kid, I think representing your country is the highest honour,” Barty told the ITF.

“For an Aussie it’s the best thing you can do and I can’t wait to have an opportunity to wear the green and gold.

“You’re playing for something bigger than yourself. You’re playing to represent your nation. You’re playing to make people proud and that’s not just with results it’s with your attitude.

“You have to dream (of being on the podium). It’s a spine tingling feeling but you have to dream. You have to dare to dream and I think you have to allow yourself to think ‘what if’ and ‘why not me’. It would be a dream come true.”

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