Stefanos Tsitsipas opens on being in 'shock and disbelief' over Ashleigh Barty news

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Stefanos Tsitsipas opens on being in 'shock and disbelief' over Ashleigh Barty news

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas was among many tennis players who were left absolutely shocked by Ashleigh Barty's shocking retirement from tennis. Barty, ranked at No. 1 in the world, announced on Wednesday she was stepping away from the game at the age of 25.

Barty was in prime of her career and she was coming off two recent Grand Slam victories. "Ash Barty retirement announcement was very shocking to me. I found it through social media after scrolling my feed. I saw that video.

I watched the entire video in disbelief because I couldn't believe what I just saw," Tsitsipas said, as quoted on Tennis Majors. Tsitsipas among many who were left shocked by Barty's decision

Barty announced her retirement in an Instagram post.

In her Instagram post, Barty admitted it was a "difficult and emotional" decision. "Today is difficult and filled with emotion for me as I announce my retirement from tennis. I wasn’t sure how to share this news with you so I asked my good friend @caseydellacqua to help me.

I am so thankful for everything this sport has given me and leave feeling proud and fulfilled. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, I’ll always be grateful for the lifelong memories that we created together," Barty wrote on Instagram.

Barty's decision to retire was absolutely shocking but she did her best to explain what led to her walking away from the game. Barty achieved a lot in the span of six months as last July she achieved her childhood dream of winning Wimbledon.

Barty's next big goal was to win the Australian Open and become the first Australian winner at Melbourne Park since 1978. Barty put up a strong preseason and made it all the way at Melbourne Park without a dropped set. In a conversation with Casey Dellacqua, Barty admitted she doesn't have it anymore and she wants to pursue dreams and goals not related to tennis.