American tennis icon John McEnroe says the Aussie Ash Barty’s decision to hang up the racquet and walk away while she was world No.1 “hurt the sport”.
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Barty was on top of the world having won Wimbledon in 2021 and then the Australian Open in 2022, only to drop the bomb that she was calling time on her tennis career.
The Aussie looked like an unstoppable force and like she could have reigned supreme for years to come.
But McEnroe says her decision to retire has robbed fans of what could have been an incredible rivalry for the women’s game.
Since the 26-year-old walked away, Polish star Iga Swiatek has taken the mantle of the best women’s player in the world.
Swiatek, 21, dominated the tour in 2022 as she reeled off an unbelievable 37 match winning-streak.
The two however only faced-off…