Barty wanted to retire after 2019 French Open

Queensland, March 24 : Ashleigh Barty’s decision to retire from tennis at 25 has left the world stunned but her coach Craig Tyzzer on Thursday revealed the Australian was ready to put down racquet years ago just as her career was taking off. Tyzzer said that after winning the 2019 French Open, Barty asked him “Can I retire now?” “Even after her first Grand Slam win at the French, I had prepared this speech about how profound this was going to be and what it meant for her,” Tyzzer said as tweeted by WTA Insider. “And the first thing she said to me was ‘Can I retire now?’ It’s not a shock for me. Ash does her own thing.” Barty, who retired as the reigning world no.1 on March 23, confirmed that she will have her name removed from the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings. “Ashleigh Barty confirms that she’ll have her name removed from the @WTA rankings in the next rankings cycle. There will be a new World No.1 on Monday after Miami,” tweeted WTA Insider. Current world no.2 Iga Swiatek of Poland is now in pole position to become new world no.1. Barty won three major singles titles on three different surfaces – 2019 Roland Garros, 2021 Wimbledon and most recently the Australian Open in 2022 – and spent 121 total weeks atop the WTA Rankings. Her most recent triumph at the Australian Open will likely be remembered as her most impactful victory as she became the first Australian to win the title at her home Grand Slam event in 44 years, and in convincing fashion without dropping a set. Across all-levels of play, Barty posted a 305-102 record in singles and a 200-64 record in doubles.

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