Ashleigh Barty is one of the many top players who is committed to play the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, later this month. Through a statement, Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, commented on Barty's career.
The Australian had became a cricket player between 2014 and 2016, before switching to tennis again and achieve her career-high ranking. "Ashleigh Barty is an exceptional athlete who excelled at cricket during her time away from tennis.
We are delighted that she made the decision to resume her tennis career and that she is making such a positive impact on the game. It will be very interesting to see how well she does against such challenging opposition here," said McLoughlin.
The Dubai Tennis Championship's Tournament Director Salah Tahlak is also very happy to welcome Barty: "This is the first time that Ashleigh Barty is competing here at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
She has proved to be an excellent competitor though for a number of years and she is clearly going from strength to strength. Her recent success in Australia has demonstrated that she is capable of beating even the very best and no opponent will be taking her lightly."
Barty is satisfied with her recent results: "I finished the season of 2018 with a title (she won Zhuhai to end her year as well as Nottingham earlier in the season). I've had my best start to 2019. Certainly no complaints from here."