Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander offered his thoughts on Ashleigh Barty's retirement from tennis as he thinks losing the love for the game led to the Australian's shock retirement. On Wednesday, world No.
1 Barty announced she was retiring at the age of 25. “I think for me, Ash Barty represents sports more than she represents tennis,” Wilander told Eurosport. “She represents sports. "I think she was introduced to sports at a very young age and she was having fun doing sports, playing sports.
“And I think she played for the enjoyment of the sport rather than it becoming a job. And I think the difference is that a lot of players on tour, they are basically put in the tennis camp by their parents. Then they are doing pretty well and then they are moved to a tennis academy.
And the goal is always to be a professional player. “When I look at Ash Barty, I don't think there were many goals, in the beginning of her sports career, except it's really good for your mind and your health and your body to do sports.
So I think she played tennis for the love of the game. And when it's for the love of the game, there is a chance that you lose interest at some point, just like other hobbies in life”.
'Barty different to freaks like Serena Williams and Roger Federer'
Barty walked away from the game as the world No.
1 and a three-time Grand Slam champion. Also, Barty was in prime of her career at the moment she announced her retirement. “We just have to realise that players like Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, these players are kind of freaks,” added Wilander.
“They just never, ever get enough. And their priority is always tennis and becoming better. And I think for Ash Barty, her priorities have changed”.