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Ash Barty still winning on grass even after retiring from tennis

Following her shock retirement from tennis, all round sports fanatic Ash Barty has already raised another trophy, this time on the golf course.

Three-time Grand Slam ace Ash Barty shocked the sporting world last month when she announced that she will be retiring from tennis aged just 25 years old.

Barty retired as the World number one and reigning champion at two Grand Slam tournaments, having just won her home Australian Open in January as well as last year’s Wimbledon Championships.

Retiring at the peak of her powers and the top of her game, Australian icon Barty received an outpouring of support as tributes began to come in from across both the tennis and sporting world.

Back in 2014, She had previously taken a brief hiatus from tennis to pursue a career in cricket. Aged just 18-years-old, Barty impressed when training and played for the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League in 2015 and 2016.

She then returned to the WTA Tour and won multiple Major titles. Although, Barty has always been a keen golfer and boasts the skills to boot.

When golf legend ‘Tiger’ Woods travelled to Australia to compete in the 2019 President’s Cup, Barty impressed the 15-time Major Championship winner at an event in Melbourne.

She has now won the Brookwater Golf and Country Club ladies tournament in Australia for a second time after winning the event in 2020. As a result, she took $22 (£17) worth of prize money winnings.

Not quite the $2.8 million (£1.7 million) she earned when she won the Australian Open.

After announcing her retirement, Barty was asked about whether she would make another comeback to the WTA Tour.

To which she replied “never say never, it’s a long way off!”

She was also asked about the next stages of her sporting career and whether she was considering yet another change of sport.

Barty remained reserved, saying “I love sport. I’m a sport nut, like a lot of Australians are. I’ll be lured to it.

“I have always been an athlete in the sense of trying different things but we’ll see how we go.”

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.