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Ash Barty shuts down golf, tennis, cricket comeback speculation, confirms ‘I don’t want to play professional sport anymore’

Ash Barty appears to have put an end to any hopes of a return to professional sport once and for all, after confirming once again that she is at the end of her career.

At the age of 25, Barty’s March retirement announcement appears to be a blow to Australians who still want to believe the three-time major winner and winning man has plans to return to the sport.

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Before winning The Open at Cameron Smith, there were many who believed that Batty was on her way to world golf supremacy after her stint at the Icon Series and St Andrews.

But Barty again poured water on any kind of return.

Since her retirement, Batty has released her first four books. A little ash Series, she won the NAIDOC Person of the Year and won her local golf club’s ladies tournament.

Broadcasting the books on 101.9 The Fox Melbourne. Fifi, Fev and NickAFL great Brendan Fevola asked her about her future sporting plans and Batty gave an answer that none of her fans want to hear.

“You guys can’t accept that I don’t want to play professional sports anymore,” Barty laughed.

“I love golf, it’s my hobby. It won’t be my career, I have no intention of making it my career, but if I can I’ll play once a week – and I’ll play four.

“No desire, no desire to play professional sports, especially golf. I love it as a walk with my girlfriends and friends but yeah, not for me. “

Pretty please ash? Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

Barty won three Grand Slam titles and played WBBL cricket for Brisbane Heat.

Following his retirement, the door remains open to a comeback anytime soon, but Barty’s latest comments are very accurate.

Speaking at St Andrews, Batty said: “I love my golf, it’s a hobby.” “Playing socially with friends on some of the most beautiful courses in the world is something I love. But it’s definitely not something I want to take too seriously. This is interesting. i like this. It’s always been my hobby so it’s nice to experience such cool stuff today.

As for the return of tennis, Batumi shut that down, not even seeing Elina Rybakina take her Wimbledon crown.

“I didn’t watch this year’s Wimbledon finals,” Batty told the Guardian last week. “Sorry to disappoint.

“I baptized Ons (Jabeur) and Elena (Rybakina), both talented girls. And seeing Nick, who I’ve known for over a dozen years, make it to the finals was amazing.

But since I retired I probably watched as many matches as I did when I played; And this one was thin. We occasionally put it on as background noise but it’s very rare that I sit through it from start to finish with any interest.

I’ve hit enough tennis balls in my life. I don’t need to see others beat them.

“I have no regrets about retiring. Not one. I knew it was the right time for me. It was something I wanted to do. And I know a lot of people still don’t get it. But I hope you will respect that as it is my decision.

Barty achieved what she wanted to achieve in the sport. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

When Batty retired, her longtime coach Craig Tyzer asked, “Can I retire now?” she explained. In the year After winning the French Open in 2019.

The comments came after radio hosts asked Batty if she would retire after the Australian Open if she lost.

“My decision was the same, I knew that was my last Australian Open, and it kind of freed me up to be able to be in my life and play completely without a draw,” Barty said. Go out there and have fun and play with real freedom and in the end it helped me a lot.

Batty said the Australian winter took her back to when she fell in love with the sport and was “the perfect way to play my last match”.

Since her retirement, Barty has hinted that she will be focusing her professional life on inspiring the next generation, saying she has been “very busy”.

Batty with her niece Lucy. Photo: Nic MorleySource: Submitted

Batty says her older niece, Lucy, inspired her to write the book and was the perfect critic.

“It’s great to be able to encourage kids to try different sports, to try everything, to try different sports until they find something they like,” Barty said.

“I tried a lot of things when I was young, but tennis was my first passion, my first love, and I encourage kids to continue to explore that.

“Sports are so many things. All my life I’ve had close friends through sports. You meet different people, you challenge yourself, it’s a healthy way of life and I think encouraging kids to be involved in that is something I’ve always loved.

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