Tennis Australia and Australian tennis legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley support Ashleigh Barty in her decision to retire as they have wished her a good luck in the next chapter of her life. In a shocking move, Barty announced she was retiring from tennis at the age of 25.
Barty admitted she doesn't have it anymore and he felt retiring was the right thing to do. "Congratulations Ash on a brilliant career," Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said in a statement released. "You have been an incredible role model, both on and off the court, and the Tennis community, especially in Australia, will miss you dearly.
"Enjoy retirement and this next chapter of your life, we can't wait to support you in whatever you choose next."
Goolagong Cawley was present when Barty won the Australian Open
The last match of Barty's career turned out to be this year's Australian Open, in which the 25-year-old defeated Danielle Collins to become the first Australian winner at Melbourne Park since 1978.
"I'm so supportive of Ash, and making a decision that is best for her and makes her happy. I can't wait to see what the next chapter brings, and to watch Ash achieve her dreams post tennis," Goolagong Cawley said.
Barty, who captured three Grand Slams during her career, took to Instagram to announce her retirement. "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.