AFLW team offers Ashleigh Barty a try out

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AFLW team offers Ashleigh Barty a try out

Former doubles world No. 1 Rennae Stubbs wouldn't be surprised if Ashleigh Barty decided to try playing professional golf or the Australian Rules football. On Wednesday, Barty pulled off a shocking move when she announced she was retiring from the game at the age of 25.

Barty held a press conference on Thursday and there she didn't rule the possiblity of trying another sport. However, she did note that she has no immediate plans to try herself in another sport. “Don’t be surprised if we see her walk down the fairway of an LPGA event,” Stubbs told Channel 7’s Sunrise.

“We know she can play cricket, we know that she’s basically a scratch golfer … she can kick a footy and can probably walk on for an AFLW team. “I think she’s got a few things up her sleeve that she wants to achieve.

“And she’s young enough and smart enough [to make the change]”.

Barty offered a try out by an AFLW team

Barty is a huge fan of the Richmond Tigers and coach Damien Hardwick said the team is open to giving the three-time Grand Slam champion a try out.

“It would be good for actually to see her play because she’s just, whatever she turns her hand to, she does very well at, so I assume, from my point of view, she’d be an absolute star at playing AFL,” Hardwick said.

“I’d love to see her in Tiger colours, and I’m sure the Richmond faithful would as well”. Barty admitted her motivation started to decline after she achieved her childhood dream of winning Wimbledon.

After Wimbledon, Barty didn't play much as she suffered a shock third round defeat at the US Open and that was her last tournament of the 2021 season. In what turned out to be the last tournament of her career, Barty won her first Australian Open title to become the first Australian winner at Melbourne Park since 1978.