World No.1 Ash Barty’s shock retirement from tennis at only 25 has sent Australian social media spinning, with some of the biggest names in Australian sport reacting to the sudden news.
Barty most recently ended the nation’s Australian Open drought, becoming the first Australian woman to lift the trophy in 44 years, while her Wimbeldon win ended the 41-year title drought on the famous grass courts.
Rising to World No.1 following her Roland Garros triumph in 2019, Barty’s reign as the top-ranked women’s player is the fourth longest in WTA history at 114 weeks, behind Steffi Graff (186 weeks), Serena Williams (186) and Martina Navratilova (156).
Read on as we bring you some of the social media reactions from across Australia.
For every young girl that has looked up to you.
For every one of us that you’ve inspired.
For your love of the game.
—wta (@WTA) March 23, 2022
Congratulations on an incredible career Ash Barty 🙌
A champion on and off the court and such a role model.
From Ipswich and the western suburbs of Brisbane to the world stage.
Thank you for inspiring us all to be our best. pic.twitter.com/gG4KXrEbnt
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) March 23, 2022
One of the greats.
Congratulations on an amazing career Ash Barty. Once an Olympian, always an Olympian 💛💚 pic.twitter.com/bCTWXGJr83
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) March 23, 2022
An inspiration, a magician on the court, a champion of Wimbledon and the Australian Open – World Number One.
As you climbed to the very top, you lifted us all.
Congratulations to Ash Barty on a magnificent career. 🇦🇺🎾 pic.twitter.com/Us2B3Z5Ob0
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) March 23, 2022
Thank you for inspiring us all and good luck in the next chapter, @ashbarty.
Always welcome at Tigerland 💛 pic.twitter.com/4aJFbQC6iX
—Richmond FC 🐯 (@Richmond_FC) March 23, 2022
You deserve the biggest Barty Party @ashbarty have a wonderful retirement ❤️
— Sally Pearson OAM (@sallypearson) March 23, 2022
So much respect for you Ash! Your whole career you’ve done it your way! Always followed your heart and I hope you keep doing this!! Enjoy golf 🏌️♀️, planning wedding, being home, being with family and dogs 🐶, having good Aussie coffee everyday ☕️ and so many more things!!! pic.twitter.com/ABpceGOOq5
—Daria Saville (@Daria_gav) March 23, 2022
Respect it @ashbarty 🙏🏼👏🏼
— Thanasi Kokkinakis (@TKokkinakis) March 23, 2022
AshBarty. Amazing tennis player goal even better person. A champion in every sense of the word. Very proud of you mate ❤️
— Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) March 23, 2022