Australian tennis champion Ash Barty shared an Instagram post featuring a pair of tennis shoes that are sure to bring great joy to her legion of fans.
Former tennis superstar Ash Barty is expecting her first child.
Barty, who retired after winning last year’s Australian Open, broke the news on Instagram on Friday night when she posted a tiny pair of tennis shoes alongside her dog, Origi.
“We are so excited about our new adventure,” Barty wrote, alongside an emoji of a baby’s head. “Origi, the protective big sister.” Barty and her husband Garry were over the moon at the news as one of the reasons she retired from tennis was to start a family.
Barty has always been open about her affection for her nieces and nephews and would Facetime them daily on tour.
Not only has she taught tennis to her niece Lucy and her friends, but Ash’s latest children’s book series, Little Ash, was inspired by Lucy and her friends.
“Lucy was my north star on this project,” Barty said. “Family is everything to me.”
News awaiting Barty will only confirm suspicions that Barty, who was the No. 1 women’s player in the two years before her retirement, is all but certain of not returning to the circuit.
While there is plenty of precedent for players who have become mothers having successfully returned to the track – her personal idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley won Wimbledon after becoming a mother – there is a feeling that with three Grand Slams, Barty has it all has achieved what she wanted to achieve sport and has no desire to return.
When she retired after winning the Australian Open last year, Barty said the door to a return was “locked, but not locked with a padlock”.
But she has reiterated her opinion on that, saying she’s almost certain her playing days are over, but would like to remain involved in some way.
Originally posted as Tennis 2023: Australian tennis superstar Ash Barty is expecting her first child
https://www.codesports.com.au/tennis/tennis-2023-australian-tennis-superstar-ash-barty-expecting-her-first-child/news-story/639b899908bf4bb7364ba58c53821e5f?nk=f462d6e804877272c00fea86ebfe7593-1673004787 Tennis 2023: Ash Barty posts baby revelation on Instagram and expects first child