'It was perfect': Ash Barty lifts lid on 'unique' marriage proposal

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  • Ashleigh Barty
    Australian tennis player
Seen here, Ash Barty and her partner Garry Kissick pose for photos together.
Ash Barty has shared details of her fiancee's 'perfect' marriage proposal. Pics: Instagram

Australian tennis star Ash Barty has revealed details of her "perfect" marriage proposal from long-term boyfriend Garry Kissick.

The couple - who met at Queensland's Brookwater Golf Club in 2016 - made headlines around the world last month after sharing their exciting engagement news on social media.

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"Future husband," Barty wrote, accompanied with a photo of her, Kissick and her new ring.

Kissick shared an image on his account, which included the date they got engaged on November 15.

Barty said she tossed up whether or not to keep the engagement a secret from the public for eight days, before finally sharing the amazing news with the world.

Speaking to News Corp, Barty has since revealed the low-key manner in which her future husband proposed - which was exactly what she wanted.

“Garry and I have been together for a long time now and I had designed the ring with him,” Barty told News Corp.

“We are obviously excited now for the next chapter.

“We were at home on the couch with the puppies.

“It was very much just us. It was perfect for us. Everyone has their unique way of doing it.

“It was perfectly suited to us. That’s just me and who I am and who we are together.”

The happy couple have recently moved into their own home in Brisbane and Barty says she can't wait to start a new chapter with her fiancee.

“I have lived in the Springfield area (of Brisbane) my entire life, and mum and dad have lived there for their entire lives. My sisters are not far away,” Barty said.

“We are excited that we are in our new place. It’s beautiful. It is what we wanted and for us it is about making new memories now.

“The pups love our new place which for me it’s most important they run around and have a good time."

The World No.1 has enjoyed a marvellous year after securing five titles in 2021, which included her maiden Wimbledon grand slam.

Barty opted not to travel to Mexico for the WTA Finals and the World No.1 took some much needed rest after remaining on the international Tour following the Australian Open.

The 25-year-old's engagement to Kissick merely topped off what is undoubtedly the year of Barty's life, with congratulations coming in thick and fast from the tennis world at the time.

“Best news EVER beautiful couple,” Barty’s former doubles partner and good friend Casey Dellacqua wrote.

“OMG - congrats, so happy for you both,” fellow Aussie tennis star Sam Stosur added.

Ash Barty engagement caps off amazing 2021

Earlier this year, Barty revealed her heartbreak after being forced to leave Kissick at home in Australia when she made her way overseas.

With strict Covid-19 restrictions in place in Australia, Barty said she feared she wouldn't be able to see her family again until the very end of the year.

But the World No.1 was joined in the UK by Kissick in June as she prepared for her tilt at the Wimbledon title.

And Barty was able to celebrate the crowning moment of her career with her now fiancee as she won Wimbledon after defeating Karolina Pliskova in a compelling three-set final.

And the couple delivered an unforgettable moment as Barty cried tears of joy in Kissick's arms in the stands of Wimbledon.

Barty was back in Australia not long after the US Open after opting out of the WTA Finals.

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