Ash Barty marries longtime partner Garry Kissick in secluded wedding
Retired tennis star Ash Barty has fulfilled her lifeline dream and married longtime partner Garry Kissick in a secluded wedding on the weekend.
Barty - who met Kissick at Queensland's Brookwater Golf Club in 2016 - made headlines around the world last November when she shared her exciting engagement news on social media.
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Since Kissick's proposal, Barty stunned the tennis world and retired from the sport.
At the time, the 25-year-old was the World No.1 and had just fulfilled a childhood dream to win the Australian Open back in January.
But looking to create a new chapter in her life, Barty announced to her fans she had tied the knot with Kissick in a beautiful ceremony in Queensland.
"Husband and Wife," Barty wrote on Instagram.
The caption was accompanied with a photo of the pair just married with Barty wearing a Suzanne Harward dress.
Guests included tennis royalty Pat Rafter Alicia Molik and Casey Delaqua, according to The Courier Mail.
Barty's quiet and secluded ceremony was very much in the couple's plans with the three-time major champion admitting earlier this year it would be a "very low-key" event.
In December, Barty also claimed the marriage proposal from Kissick was "perfect" and very much reflected the couple's plans for their big day.
Kissick is an aspiring golfer and works at the Brookwater Golf & Country Club, where the pair met in 2016.
The 29-year-old is a huge Liverpool supporter and is part of the PGA Trainee program.
Ash Barty shuts down professional sport comeback
While there has been plenty of rumours around whether Barty would make a comeback to professional sport in the realms of golf, the three-time grand slam winner recently shut this down.
Barty has been spotted on the golf course a number of times in recent months, playing in the Icons Series event in the United States and appearing at St Andrews to cheer on Cameron Smith at The Open Championship.
However, the Aussie superstar shut down all speculation she would be turning pro in an interview with 101.9 The Fox Melbourne’s Fif, Fev and Nick.
“You guys just can’t accept that I don’t want to play professional sport anymore,” Barty said in response to a question from Brendan Fevola.
“I love golf, it’s a hobby of mine. It will not be my profession, I have no intention of making it my profession but I hack around once a week if I can - and I play off four.
“There’s no need, there’s no desire for me to play professional sport, particularly golf. I love it as a walk-around with my girlfriends and friends but yeah, not for me.”
Barty admitted she still would have retired from tennis if she had lost the Australian Open, but fortunately for the nation she was able to lift the trophy in a fairytale send off.
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