File photo of Ashleigh Barty.© AFP
Former tennis world number one Ashleigh Barty has dashed hopes she will make a return to professional sport, after speculation the Australian could switch to golf. The 25-year-old three-time Grand Slam winner stunned the sporting world with her bombshell retirement in March, just weeks after becoming the first home Australian Open champion in 44 years. Barty had been coy on what she would do next, but has always been a keen golfer, winning the Brookwater Golf Club women’s title near Brisbane in 2020 and playing the Icons Series exhibition in the United States in April.
It heightened speculation that the multi-talented Australian, who has also been a professional cricketer, could take up golf seriously.
But in an interview with Melbourne radio late Monday she put the rumours to bed, ruling out playing any form of professional sport again.
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