Staggering detail in Ash Barty photo after Australian Open triumph

Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Chris O'Neil, Ash Barty, Rod Laver and Judy Dalton, pictured here at the Australian Open.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Chris O'Neil, Ash Barty, Rod Laver and Judy Dalton. Image: Rod Laver/Twitter

Aussie tennis legend Rod Laver has shared an incredible behind-the-scenes photo with Ash Barty after her Australian Open triumph.

Barty became the first Australian to win their home grand slam in 44 years on Saturday night after Chris O'Neil in 1978.

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Some of the biggest names in Australian tennis were on hand to witness the historic moment, and they managed to cram into one incredible post-match photo.

Laver took to social media on Saturday night to share the snap, featuring himself, Barty, O'Neil, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Judy Dalton.

Between them the Aussie legends share a staggering 45 grand slam titles - 22 in singles and 23 in doubles.

“A Grand Slam champion on three different surfaces, you are the complete player Ash Barty and I am so happy for you tonight,” Laver wrote in a seperate tweet.

“There’s nothing like winning at home, congratulations #AO2022 champion, it is wonderful to be here for this moment and to celebrate with Australia."

Laver's photo sparked a frenzy on social media, with fans liking and retweeting it thousands of times.

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Goolagong Cawley made a shock appearance on Saturday night, surprising Barty during the post-match ceremony to present the trophy.

Goolagong Cawley had previously said she couldn't make it to Melbourne to watch the grand slam this year, so her appearance was a huge shock for Barty.

"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."

Danielle Collins, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Ash Barty, pictured here after the Australian Open final.
Danielle Collins, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Ash Barty after the Australian Open final. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Olympic legend Cathy Freeman was spotted on television grabbing her mobile phone to capture Barty's crowning moment.

"Looking up at the end, seeing Cathy, she is an inspiration. She's been an inspiration to so many people all around the globe," Barty said.

"But for our heritage, for our family, she is just the best.

"To be able to share that tonight with Evonne Goolagong and Cathy, a night I will never forget."

Barty also celebrated courtside with good mate and former doubles partner Casey Dellacqua, who was commentating for Channel Nine.

Barty called Dellacqua into the court just moments after the final point, hugging her friend and planting a kiss on her forehead.

"There would not be any other person that I want sitting literally direct across from me when I was on the court, trying not to look at Casey," Barty said.

"Looking around trying to look everywhere but at Casey ... she changed my life.

"She brought me into the sport again and allowed me to explore, to grow as a person, and I love her."

Wheelchair champion Dylan Alcott, swimming legend Ian Thorpe and Richmond AFL star Trent Cotchin, who has become close with Tigers fanatic Barty in recent years, were also on hand to congratulate her in the bowels of Rod Laver Arena after she exited the court.

with AAP

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