The tennis world has reacted in utter disbelief as Australian World No.1 Ash Barty has announced her shock retirement from tennis after her historic Australian Open title earlier this year.
Barty created history earlier this year when she became the first Australian to win the Aus Open title since Chris O'Neil in 1978.
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The three-time grand slam winner has spent 114 consecutive weeks as the World No.1.
However, she was back two years later and the beloved Aussie icon hasn't looked back having won three grand slams on three different surfaces.
Her shock announcement, in her prime at 25 years old, sparked the sport world to react with utter disbelief.
Ash, what can I say, you know I have tears right? My friend, I will miss you on tour. You were different, and special, and we shared some amazing moments. What's next for you? Grand Slam champion in golf?! Be happy and enjoy your life to the max xo Simo@ashbarty pic.twitter.com/WbX7kXnJ1l
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) March 23, 2022
— Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) March 23, 2022
— Georgie Parker (@georgieparker) March 23, 2022
— Karolina Pliskova (@KaPliskova) March 23, 2022
Ash Barty. Amazing tennis player but even better person. A champion in every sense of the word. Very proud of you mate ❤️
— Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) March 23, 2022
Ash Barty just announced her retirement from tennis. At age 25 ...
Incredibly demanding sport.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 23, 2022
SHOCKING news as the world number #1 Ash Barty decides to retire from professional tennis (for a 2nd time) just two months after winning her 3rd career Grand Slam at the #AusOpen. https://t.co/be1xBH0uwr
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) March 23, 2022
Ash Barty knows April Fool’s Day is next week right? What on earth.
— Scott Bailey (@ScottBaileyAAP) March 23, 2022
Ash Barty retiring is such a shock.
She has achieved all that she has wanted to.
A brilliant role model and champion for boys and girls around the world.
— Luke P Gavin ❤️💙🏆 (@LukePGavin) March 23, 2022
ASH BARTY HAS RETIRED FROM TENNIS. 😱😱🤯🤯🤯
— Kate Haberfield (@katehaberfield) March 23, 2022
ash barty going out on top -- classy to the end
— camvid-19 (@cameronwilson) March 23, 2022
Ash Barty's amazing career
Barty won her maiden grand slam title at the French Open in 2019.
The 25-year-old said winning Wimbledon in 2021 fulfilled a lifelong dream.
The jewell in her crown was Evonne Goolagong Cawley presenting her the 2022 Australian Open title in front of a raucous home crowd.
"Hell of a surprise," Barty said of Goolagong Cawley's role in the ceremony.
"To be honest, I'm really glad that I didn't know because I think I would have been under the pump, I would've been feeling it.
"I haven't seen her since this time last year so we've got a few more hugs to celebrate. Unbelievable to see her."
Barty announced her decision to retire from the game in an interview with good friend Casey Dellacqua.
She admitted she had a 'gut feeling' after Wimbledon that her decision to chase other dreams could be coming sooner, rather than later.
In the interview Barty said: "I know that, I am spent, physically, I don't have anything more to give."
"I have given everything I can to this beautiful sport and I'm really happy with that.
"For me, that is my success."
The Queenslander said she would provide more details at a press conference on Thursday.
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