Three-time Grand Slam champion Ashleigh Barty isn't ruling out a potential comeback to tennis but noted that it is a long shot. On Wednesday, Barty shocked the tennis world after she announced that she was retiring at the age of 25.
Barty was in prime of her career and ranked at No. 1 in the world. Also, Barty won two of the last three Grand Slam events. On Thursday, Barty held a press conference where she was answering numerous questions from reporters.
Of course, one of the questions she received was if there's chance of seeing her again on the WTA Tour. "You never say never, but is a long way off at this stage," Barty answered.
Barty's motivation declined and retiring was the logical option
Barty achieved two major goals in the span of six months.
Barty achieved her childhood dream of winning Wimbledon last July, before capturing her first Australian Open title this past January. "There was a perspective shift in me in this second phase of my career that my happiness wasn't dependant on the results.
Success for me is knowing that I've given everything that I can, I'm fulfilled, I'm happy," Barty said in a conversation with Casey Dellacqua. "I know much work it takes to bring the best out of yourself.
I've said it to my team multiple times, I just don't have it in me anymore. I don't have the physical drive, the emotional want, and everything it takes to challenge yourself at the very top of the level anymore.
I just know that I'm absolutely spent. I know I have physically I have nothing more to give. That for me is success. I've given eveything I can to this beautiful sport of tennis. I'm really happy with that. For me that is my success."