Three-time Grand Slam winner and current world No. 1 Ash Barty announced on Tuesday that she is retiring from tennis after a career spanning nearly 12 years.
The 25-year-old Australian shared that she knows now is the right time to retire and pursue her other dreams after winning the Australian Open in January.
The tennis world reacted to Barty’s announcement that she was putting “the racquets aside”.
Various tennis players have praised Barty for her incredible tennis career, in which she won 15 singles titles, while sharing the sadness that the young player is leaving the sport so early.
Former world No. 1 Simona Halep joked that Barty’s next step would be a “Grand Slam champion in golf”.
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Another former world number one, Karolina Pliskova, shared an image of the two players hugging after the Wimbledon final last year. Barty beat Pliskova to fulfill her “dream” of winning the grass-court grand slam, she admitted in her retirement announcement.
Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova said Barty “shows your true class by leaving tennis in such a beautiful way”.
American Madison Keys reiterated the other sentiments as she wished Barty well in whatever she pursues next.
Former world number one Andy Murray has shared a short but thoughtful message about Barty.
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