Ash Barty's reunion with boyfriend at Wimbledon after heartbreak

Ash Barty and Garry Kissick, pictured here after reuniting at Wimbledon.
Ash Barty and Garry Kissick have reunited at Wimbledon after months apart. Image: AAP/Getty

After spending months apart after the Australian Open, Ash Barty and boyfriend Garry Kissick have reunited at Wimbledon.

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

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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 on Wednesday as she prepares for her tilt at the Wimbledon title.

The loved-up couple were all smiles as they posed for a photo after a practice session, recreating a cute 'tradition' they started at Wimbledon in 2019.

Kissick shared a photo on Instagram on Wednesday, showing him sitting on Barty's lap.

It was a cute throwback to a similar photo they had together when Wimbledon was last played in 2019.

Ash Barty and Gary Kissick, pictured here at Wimbledon in 2019.
Ash Barty and Gary Kissick at Wimbledon in 2019. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Barty’s former doubles partner CoCo Vandeweghe commented on Kissick’s post: “It’s a tradition double R”.

Barty also posted a behind-the-scenes look at how they created the photo, with coach Craig Tyzzer the photographer.

Ash Barty, pictured here with her team at Wimbledon.
Ash Barty's behind-the-scenes look at the cute photo. Image: Instagram

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Barty made the heartbreaking revelation at the Miami Open in April that she was in tears when she left Australia because she may not be able to return home until the end of the 2021 season.

The World No.1 said Covid-19 hotel quarantine requirements in Australia make scheduling a journey home during the season almost impossible.

"Obviously with the quarantine laws in Australia, we do our two weeks' quarantine in a hotel, and there is actually not a lot of space in the season to be able to do that just to get home," she said.

"So at this stage we're planning to be away until after the US Open (in September) and potentially right to the end of season."

While Barty is no stranger to long periods away from home, she said the prospect of being away from her loved ones until November is taking some getting used to.

"Without a doubt it was something that was new to me, new to try and wrap my head around and comprehend," Barty said.

"Of course there were tears the days leading up. There were tears when I did finally leave, and then when we left.

"Then we were delayed and had to leave again. It was all kind of happening."

Barty was confirmed as the top seed for the Championships on Wednesday, just as she was when the event was last held two years ago.

Barty is seeking a powerful return after injury forced her to withdraw during her second round match at the French Open.

She will be hoping to improve on her career-best fourth-round effort at Wimbledon in 2019 when she lost to American Alison Riske.

The All England Club announced the seedings on Wednesday for their first Championships in two years after last year's event was cancelled in the teeth of the pandemic, with reigning 2019 champion Simona Halep the No.2 seed.

with AAP

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