After 15 singles wins, three Grand Slam titles, and a boatload of prize money, Ash Barty is retiring from tennis. Let’s take stock of the Australian star’s profound impact on the game.
Just two months removed from kicking off the 2022 tennis calendar with an Australian Open title and one month away from her 26th birthday, the WTA’s No. 1 player in the world is calling it a career. On Wednesday, Ashleigh Barty announced her retirement from the sport.
There will be no hanging of heads here.Barty bows out at the absolute top of her game and completely, utterly on her own terms.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the Ipswich, Australia native’s first sporting retirement, so to speak. After the 2014 US Open, she announced a hiatus from tennis to take her talents to cricket, where she appeared for Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League, for Queensland Fire in 50-over play, and for the Western Suburbs District Cricket Club. She returned to tennis in 2016.
Six years later, it’s on to the next challenge.
Ashleigh Barty’s Earnings & Endorsements
WTA prize money: $23,829,071
Key endorsements: Head, Marriott, Jaguar, Gillette, Vegemite, Uber Eats
Ranks No. 14 all-time in WTA earnings
Ash Barty may seem young to you, and sure, she is — but she turned pro at the age of 14 and has seen more than just a little bit of everything in the game. As a decorated champion in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles, she bows out one US Open short of a career Grand Slam and within $2 million of the all-time top 10 in WTA earnings.
Ash Barty’s Career Milestones & Accomplishments
WTA singles record: 305-102
Singles titles: 15
Grand Slam singles titles: 3 (2019 French Open, 2021 Wimbledon, 2022 Australian Open)
World’s No. 1 singles player since Sept. 9, 2019
2020 Olympic bronze medalist in mixed doubles
WTA doubles record: 200-64
Doubles titles: 12
Grand Slam doubles titles: 1 (2018 US Open)
What the future holds for Ash Barty is something we cannot know here and now. But the mark she’s made as a tennis star and one of Australia’s foremost athletes could never be understated.