Ashleigh Barty gave fun update on come back

The Australian tennis player returned to the All England Club to play the legends doubles and, at the press conference, she addressed many interesting topics

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Ashleigh Barty gave fun update on come back
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Sometimes they come back! Ashleigh Barty returned to the All England Club, to play the legends doubles at Wimbledon, two years after retiring from tennis. The former WTA No.1 Australian champion had decided to retire at just 25 years old to devote herself to her private life, her family and her hobbies, but it was incredibly emotional for all of us to see her back in the press room of the London Major. A moment that fans had been waiting for a long time.

The 3-time Slam champion played the legends doubles together with countrywoman Casey Dellacqua, winning with the score of 5-7, 6-3, 10-6 over Andrea Pektovic and Magdalena Rybarikova.

In the post-match interview, the media in the press room talked to Ash about many topics and, of course, a question about a possible comeback couldn't be missed. The Australian answered in a very funny way, looking for a synonym for the word: No!

"Does anyone have a thesaurus for a word I can use for no? No. You asked someone else. You're killing me. I don't know how much longer," she said.

The media asked Ash what it would be like if she and Iga Swiatek played against each other at the top of their game.

"It takes discipline. It takes hard work. It takes talent. It takes the ability to put it all together. It's been really impressive watching her from afar. I don't know the details. I haven't followed closely. But I just know that she's always there when it matters most in the big moments, which has been really impressive. I've had such a rewarding run and I really enjoy watching other people do well. Obviously we've seen Iga dominate, for the most part, the last two and a half years. She's been incredible. The way she's kept her cool and gone on incredible streaks and dominance, which is hard to do," she explained.

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Barty also praised what Andy Murray has done for openness and equality between the two Tours, calling the Scot an exceptional person. Andy played his last match at Wimbledon with his brother Jamie, in doubles, and will play his final tournament of his career at the Paris Olympics in a few weeks.

"Andy is amazing. He's always stood up for us and our Tour. He's an amazing person. I think it's really special that he was able to celebrate and remember his career at the tournament. I always enjoyed watching him play, his creativity on the court, his tenacity, the way he fought. Then off the court he was a kind, witty, very funny guy. I always really enjoyed spending time with him. It's not over yet, I understand that. I hope he can retire on his own terms to the best of his ability. He was an inspiration and someone who fought so hard for equality. Physically I know he's struggling. But he's been an amazing athlete for so long now. It's going to be a sad day when he's not playing week in and week out. A lot of people are going to miss him and I'm definitely going to be one of them," she said.

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Ash also talked about the emotions she felt returning to play on the Centre Court, three years after her Championships success.

"This is the place that holds some of my fondest memories and it's really nice to be back with my best friend. It's pretty special. It was a nice surprise to be able to play on Centre Court. I thought I'd played my last match out there. For me and Casey, it was nice to resurrect the last match we played together on Centre Court. It was beautiful out there tonight. I think everyone had a good time. We had a good time. There are so many women that I've played with, that I've played with years ago, that I've played with more recently. Some obviously have retired more recently than others. It's just nice to be back doing what I love. I mean, I love playing tennis. I love that I have the balance now to bring my family with me so they can experience it too. Yeah, it's really special."

Barty's career was as short as it was amazing. in ten years among the professionals she has won 15 titles, including 3 Majors, between 2019 and 2021, and was the leader of the WTA ranking for 121 weeks. At the age of 25 she decided to retire from tennis when she was WTA No.1.

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