World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty won't represent Australia at Billie Jean Cup



by   |  VIEW 2417

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty won't represent Australia at Billie Jean Cup

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty won't represent Australia at the Billie Jean Cup Finals in November. On Monday, Australian team captain Alicia Molik nominated Ajla Tomljanovic, Astra Sharma, Storm Sanders, Ellen Perez and Olivia Gadecki for the Billie Jean Cup.

Barty, 25, has had an exhausting season and she decided to take a break and return to Australian following her shock third round loss at the US Open. Barty also won't play at the Indian Wells Masters, which starts this week.

“Ash has withdrawn from Indian Wells to come home and see her family in Australia,” Barty’s manager Nikki Mathias said in a statement. “She has been away from home since March and with the two week hotel quarantine requirement to come into Australia it has not been possible for her to return home before now.

“No further decisions have been made on events after Indian Wells yet."

Barty could skip the rest of 2021

Barty is the No. 1 player on the Race to the WTA Finals but she is not a fan of the season-ending event being staged in Guadalajara, Mexico.

"We only just found out it's in Mexico at 1500 metres (above sea level) and they're using pressure-less balls," Barty's coach Craig Tyzzer told AAP. "Pressure-less balls absolutely fly. It's a ball that if you use it in normal conditions, it doesn't bounce.

"I mean, it's not the greatest advertisement for the best girls in the world to be playing something they've never done before. "In conditions they've never played, in a country they don't play and at altitude, I just feel it's ridiculous.

"As a spectacle, it's just frightening. But it certainly isn't easy for us to get there and to play that event in Mexico and then to come back and have to do two (more) weeks (in quarantine) and then your summer is sort of ruined as well. "It's a decision we'll have to sit and mull over quite a bit."