Following the US Open 2014, an 18-year-old Ashleigh Barty decided to step away from the tennis court, embracing cricket and other things that she had top put aside while traveling around the world and chasing the yellow ball.
Ashleigh made a return in June 2016 and Craig Tyzzer was there to help her continue where she left, making small steps together and preparing a plan for a full assault in 2017. Ranked outside the top-300, talented Aussie stormed over the WTA ranking field to crack the top-20 in 2017, winning the title in Kuala Lumpur and losing finals in Birmingham and Wuhan.
With perfect chemistry between Barty and Tyzzer, the Aussie wrapped up another rock-solid season in 2018, claiming two titles and establishing herself in the top-15 ahead of what became a historic year for the Ipswich native.
Ashleigh opened the action in 2019 with the final in Sydney and the quarter-final at the Australian Open, missing a chance to lift a trophy but gathering momentum for the rest of the year. In March, Barty conquered the crown in Miami and found herself in the top-10 for the first time, leading Australia towards the Fed Cup final with a triumph over Belarus in April and becoming the first player with six victories in live rubbers in the first two World Group rounds.
Ashleigh saved her best tennis for Paris, scoring seven wins at Roland Garros to claim the first Major crown and adding another Premier title to her tally in Birmingham, becoming world no. 1 ahead of Wimbledon. The Aussie couldn't keep a winning course in the next couple of months before shining again at the WTA Finals where she secured the year-end no.
1 position for the first time in a career. As was expected, Craig Tyzzer has earned WTA Coach of the Year award, leading his player towards the WTA throne and working hard on bringing more of the same in 2020, especially in front of the home fans in January.
"You're the captain of our ship. You make sure that we tick along every single day. There wouldn't be another person that I would want to spend this journey with," Barty said. "You're an incredible person, an amazing friend.
And even though on the court sometimes I'm venting and giving you a little bit of a spray - which I know that I shouldn't do, I'm sorry (laughter) - we have an incredible relationship, we have great banter, we enjoy each other's company."