Ash Barty: Getting to Know World’s No.1 Tennis Player

Ash Barty

Ashleigh Barty, an Australian tennis player, and a former cricketer was born on the 24th of April in 1996. She is the second Australian WTA singles No. 1 after Evonne Goolagong Cawley. She is also ranked on top in the world in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association also called WTA.

She’s indeed a top 20 doubles player, with a career-high of No. 5 on the world rankings. On the WTA Tour, she has earned eight singles titles and ten doubles titles, with one Grand Slam singles title in 2019 at the French Open and one Grand Slam doubles title with CoCo Vandeweghe partner at the US Open in the year 2018. In addition, she is the current WTA Finals singles winner.

Past life and Background 

Ashleigh’s father, a Ngarigo indigenous Australian, works for the government. Her mother is the daughter of an English immigrant who works as a radiographer. Having grown up in Springfield, a suburb of Ipswich, Queensland, she attended Woodcrest State College. Sara and Ali, her two older sisters, are her role models. Barty played netball as a teen, but she chose to concentrate on tennis since she thought [netball] was a girls’ game and also because her sisters were better at it. She didn’t play cricket as a child.

At the age of 4, Barty began training with her longtime junior coach Jim Joyce at the West Brisbane Tennis Centre. Barty had outstanding hand-eye coordination and a high degree of concentration, so Joyce made an exception for her. “The first ball I threw to her, boom!” he said, recalling a scene from their first class. She retaliated well to it. Barty used to practice at home as a child, recalling, that every day after school, she used to hit the ball against [the wall outside our living room] for hours on end. She was practicing against boys who were six years senior to her by the time she was 9. She began playing against adults when she was 12 years old.

Scott Draper, a former tennis player, eventually joined Barty’s coaching staff and assisted her at the National Academy. Jason Stoltenberg, a former top 20 player, became her primary coach while she was fifteen years old. Barty’s junior routine took her to Europe for most of the year, keeping her away from family in Australia.

Her career in review 

In 2010, she competed in her first ITF Circuit events in Australia.

2011 – Played at the US Open for the first time in WTA qualification (as WC).

2012 – WTA main draw debut as WC at Hobart was made by her; also fell 1st as WC at Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon, as well as qualifying once; won four singles & two doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.

2013 – Barty started her career mainly on the WTA Tour. After losing in qualification at five tournaments, she only appeared in eight singles main draws in total. Even though she did not turn 17 until the middle of the season, she marked herself as being one of the world’s top double players.

2014 – Reached the second round once; dropped to the first round five times (including the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and US Open) and thrice in qualifying (including Wimbledon); won one WTA doubles title; declared after the US Open that she would be retiring from tennis indefinitely.

In 2016, she returned to tennis. Craig Tyzzer became her coach at this stage. Barty started on the ITF circuit only competing in doubles events at the $25K mark. She competed in 5 tournaments in her first 2 months, winning three of them, plus her first one back with Jessica Moore and two more in Canberra in back-to-back weeks.

Barty reconnected with Dellacqua as her usual doubles partner in 2017. [number 30] She began the year outside the top 250 for both singles and doubles, and had never been ranked among the top 100 in singles, but ended the year within the top 20 in both categories.

On May 21, 2018, she achieved the rank of a career-high double of No. 5 and won 4 WTA doubles titles.

2019 – World No. 1 in singles, winner of the French Open and WTA Finals.

2020 – Second season at No. 1; captured her eighth WTA singles title in Adelaide; reached the Australian Open and Doha finals.

Strengths & weaknesses 

Barty’s greatest asset is her court sense. Her chess-like game can cause even the most skilled players headaches because she’s a strategic person who knows how to outmatch her opponents.

Her forehand is versatile, allowing her to roll deep crosscourt while still hitting flat down the line. Her two-handed backhand is primarily used as a rally shot; it is steady and deep, though slow. Barty’s backhand slice is a powerful offensive and defensive tool. She could hit short slices to attract her competitors to the net, spiky slices to pull them wide, or low biting slices that she follows into the net.

Barty runs well across the court and has a good serve. With her energetic forays to the net, she is an outstanding volleyer who can hold the pressure on her competitors.

The relative lack of firepower is Barty’s greatest, and probably only, flaw. She is always forced to run all over the court after being struck off the court by stronger opponents.

Personal life 

Garry Kissick, an Australian professional golfer, has been Barty’s boyfriend since 2017.

Net worth as of 2021 

Her current on-court earnings from singles as well as doubles tennis on the WTA Tour are around $17,594,569. Forbes rated Barty as the world’s third-highest paid female athlete in 2020. Her total earnings were $13.1 million, with $10.1 million coming from tennis prize money.

Ash’s endorsements, 2021 

Ash Barty’s tennis racquets are made by Head, a multinational sports equipment company, and her tennis apparel and footwear are provided by FILA. In 2017, she joined the Rado Young Star family. In December 2018, she partnered with Jaguar, a luxury car manufacturer, and was endorsed by Kayo Sports, an online video streaming site. Vegemite, a common Australian food firm, as well as Banana Boat and Esmi, support her.

Her style of play 

Barty prefers to play traditional tennis, with an equal amount of defense and attack. She does not hit the ball as hard as her teammates, especially off the backhand side, but she uses speed and spin to keep her rivals on their toes.

Barty is a volley specialist who regularly comes to the net. She employs the backhand slice often, holding the ball low off the wing to force her opponent to make errors.