Ashleigh Barty’s new World No.1 status has helped her jag a ticket for Australia's Cricket World Cup clash with England at Lord's.
Barty withdrew from the Eastbourne International on Monday to allow a long-standing arm issue to settle down before she makes her assault on Wimbledon next week.
The Australian was due to play her second-round match on Tuesday after being given a first-round bye, but she instead cheered on her country's cricketers at that sport's spiritual home.
The match was officially sold out, but the new World No.1 managed to sneak in at the last minute via an invite from Aaron Finch and Justin Langer.
“Unbelievable day at Lords,” she wrote on Twitter with a pic of boyfriend Gary Kissick and coach Craig Tyzzer.
“Thank you Finchy and JL for inviting us and putting on a clinic!! What a venue.”
Unbelievable day at Lords 🥰— Ash Barty (@ashbar96) June 25, 2019
Thank you Finchy and JL for inviting us and putting on a clinic!!
What a venue 🏏😍 pic.twitter.com/lP1Hf0M3sK
She was also invited into the Aussie sheds, much to the delight of the players.
As Aaron Finch’s wife pointed out, he looked happier to meet Barty than he did when he met the Queen.
The smile on my hubby’s face in that pic is bigger than when he met the queen. Stoked!— Amy Finch (@_AmyFinch) June 25, 2019
Barty had never been to a World Cup match before.
"If it works out, we'll try and get to the cricket, If not, we'll be watching on telly," she said on Monday.
"I've been In touch with most of them (the players). I heard from JL (Justin Langer) yesterday and we've been in touch over the last few months.”
Barty’s injury scare
The 23-year-old insists the problem, which has affected her right arm since she was a teenager, will not hurt her Wimbledon hopes.
"It's an injury I've had to manage since I was 16-years-old," Barty said at Devonshire Park on Monday.
"It happens when I have a spike in load, it's just a bone stress injury and I need to look after it.
"We know how to manage it but it is important to get on top of it straight away."