Australian tennis superstar Ashleigh Barty left the entire sporting fraternity in shock as she announced her retirement from the sport at the age of 25
Barty, who became the first from the country to win the Australian Open after a gap of 44 years in January this year
She said it's time for her to put the bluster down and chase other dreams as the 25- time-old reigning Australian Open champion gears up for new challenges in life.
Her unanticipated decision to retire has left numerous stupefied, including former Australian justice platoon captain and two- time World Cup- winning commander Ricky Ponting.
The Australian justice great is presently in India as the head trainer of Delhi Centrals ahead of the new season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Ponting said he woke up on Wednesday morning to the shocking news of Barty's withdrawal.
He also went on to laud Barty, who has retired from the sport as one of the stylish to have graced the court from Australia. Barty won 15 titles in her career, including three Grand Slams and spent 121 weeks on top of the women's rankings.
She won the French Open in 2019 followed by the Wimbledon last time and the Australian Open in January this time.
In the video message with her close friend and former doubles partner Casey Dellacqua, Barty said she was “thankful for everything this sport has given me”
“It was a privilege to share a court with you,” tweeted the Czech, a former World No 1. “You will be missed.”