World no. 1 Ashleigh Barty has been working hard ahead of the new season, embracing packed January schedule to compete in front of the home fans as much as possible. Ashleigh conquered the tennis world in 2019, lifting the first Major crown at Roland Garros and closing the season with the WTA Finals trophy that cemented her status of the year-end no.
1 player. Jut three years after returning to tennis, Barty fulfilled her dreams and became one of the most distinguished Aussie players in the WTA history, ready to chase even higher goals in 2020. The Ipswich native will kick off the new season in Brisbane, heading to Adelaide after that for the final preparation ahead of the Australian Open, hoping to embrace four memorable weeks in front of the home fans and make the strongest possible start of the new year.
"I can't wait to play in front of the Aussie crowd again and go out there and give everything I have," said Barty. "Regardless of whether I win or lose, I think the Aussie public love the fact when Australians come out and do give it a crack.
That's what I can promise - I'll go out there and give it my best and then, whatever happens, happens. There shouldn't be any assumptions in sport, there are no certainties in sport and I think that is the beauty of it - anyone can be beaten on any given day.
The more than I can play in Australia the better as I love playing at home; I love playing in front of the Australian public and obviously, it's an opportunity for us to play the first month of the year at home. I didn't hesitate at all in trying to play as much as I could - not just in playing more matches leading up to the Australian Open but also enjoying it, to be able to play for the whole month at home is really exciting.
At the beginning of the pre-season practice, we have been focused on getting in that volume of training. Once we get a little bit closer to that first tournament in Brisbane, we will set some goals, those specific and long-term ones."