Ashleigh Barty - Biography
Ashleigh Barty is a former Australian cricketer and tennis player who was born in Ipswich, Queensland, on April 24, 1996. Barty began playing tennis when he was four years old in Brisbane, Australia.She had a fantastic junior career, climbing to No. 2 in the world after winning the Wimbledon girls' singles title in 2011.
The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has placed her No. 1 in the world in singles, making her the second Australian WTA singles No. 1 after Evonne Goolagong Cawley.Barty has won twelve singles championships and eleven doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including two Grand Slam singles titles, the 2019 French Open and the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, and one Grand Slam doubles victory, the 2018 US Open with partner CoCo Vandeweghe. She is also the reigning WTA Finals singles champion.Barty is Tennis Australia's National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador.
Family and Background
Barty was born on April 24, 1996, to Josie and Robert Barty. Her father grew raised in rural North Queensland before working for the Queensland State Library. She is descended from the Ngaragu people of southern New South Wales and northern Victoria.Barty's mother, an English immigrant's daughter, works as a radiographer.
Barty grew raised in Springfield, a suburb of Ipswich, Queensland, and spent her entire childhood at Woodcrest State College. Her two older sisters are Sara and Ali.Barty began practising at the West Brisbane Tennis Centre with her longstanding junior coach Jim Joyce when she was four years old.
Joyce claimed that he does not usually train children as young as Barty, but he made an exception because of her exceptional hand-eye coordination and concentration. The first ball I tossed to her, bang! he said, recalling their first session. She retaliated right away.”Former tennis pro Scott Draper ultimately joined Barty's teaching team and worked with her at the National Academy.Jason Stoltenberg, a former top 20 player, took over as her primary coach when she was 15 years old.
From September 2014 to February 2016, Barty took a break from professional tennis and spent the second half of that period playing semi-professional cricket. Although she couldn't provide any specific reasons at the moment, she later remarked, I needed some mental space more than anything else. It became a bit of a chore for me, and I wasn't having as much pleasure as I would have liked with my tennis. Her family and coaches supported her decision.
Barty is Tennis Australia's National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador.In both 2017 and 2018, she was voted Female Sportsperson of the Year at the National Dreamtime Awards, an event honouring Indigenous Australians. Barty was selected Young Australian of the Year in 2020.
Barty follows a number of sports teams, including the Australian Football League's Richmond Football Club, the English Premier League's Manchester United, and the National Rugby League's Wests Tigers.Barty has been dating Australian professional golfer Garry Kissick since 2017.
Barty began her professional career in April 2010, shortly after turning 14 years old, at a $25K International Tennis Federation (ITF) event in Ipswich, her hometown.At the same time, as a junior, she was ranked No. 2 in the world and won the Wimbledon girls singles title in 2011. In her first WTA circuit match, the Australian defeated Chanel Simmonds in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2013.
Karolina Wlodarczak beat her in her first match. Barty participated in one more main draw that year, reaching the semifinals in Mount Gambier in only her second professional event.Her first professional victory was over Ayu Fani Damayanti. She played in three additional $25K events in Australia in 2011, reaching the quarterfinals twice. After winning the girls' singles title at Wimbledon, Tennis Australia granted Barty a wildcard into qualifying for the US Open. She failed to qualify for the main event in her maiden WTA Tour appearance, losing in the first round against Julia Glushko.
In early 2012, Barty made her WTA Tour main draw debuts in singles and doubles. Her first appearance in doubles was at the Brisbane International, the year's first tournament. After failing in singles qualification, she partnered up with Dellacqua to reach the doubles semifinals at the age of 15. Their tournament was highlighted by a win over the top-seeded combination of Natalie Grandin and Vladimra Uhlová, who were both rated in the top 25 of the WTA doubles rankings.Her quarterfinal singles performance at the same event helped her climb to No. 177 in the WTA singles rankings, after breaking into the top 200 a few weeks earlier at the age of 16. She finished 129th rank in the doubles.
In 2013, Barty began competing primarily on the WTA Tour. She only competed in eight singles main draws in all, failing to qualify for five of them.Despite finishing the year outside the top 100 in singles, she established herself as one of the world's best doubles players despite not turning 17 until the middle of the season.
In 2013, Barty received another wild card into the Australian Open singles main event, however she lost her first match. She won her first two WTA Tour-level matches in late February at the Malaysian Open, defeating Chanel Simmonds and Zarina Diyas before falling in the quarterfinals.
Barty's other two tour-level singles wins in 2013 were at Grand Slam tournaments. She was awarded main draw wildcards to both the French and US Opens, where she won both of her first round matches.Barty and Dellacqua participated in eight WTA Tour-level doubles contests in 2013, including all four Grand Slam tournaments. The duo finished second in three of four such tournaments, just missing the final at the French Open, when they were ousted in the first round.
At Wimbledon and the US Open, Barty and Dellacqua defeated three of the top ten seeds, including the No. 2 seed on both occasions.At the Birmingham Classic, Barty and Dellacqua won a championship together, defeating Cara Black and Marina Erakovic in the final. Barty reached two more tour-level semifinals this year without Dellacqua, including one with Anastasia Rodionova at the Premier-level Charleston Open. In doubles, she finished the season ranked No. 12 in the world.
Barty became interested in playing cricket after meeting with the Australian women's national squad in early 2015 to discuss her experience as a professional athlete.
She was intrigued to the chance to play a team sport rather than the lonely activity of tennis. She had no competitive cricket experience at the time, having just played with her family for fun. Barty ultimately called Queensland Cricket to see if she might get involved with the sport.
Andy Richards, coach of the Queensland Fire and soon-to-be Brisbane Heat, was delighted with Barty's skill set at first, stating, In the eyes of the coach, her talent was phenomenal from the time she took up a bat... She didn't miss a single ball in her first practise... Her ability to catch up on things fast is what pulled me in as a coach to her as a player.
Following her second-game performance with Western Suburbs, Barty joined the Heat for the inaugural Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) Twenty20 season. In a December match against the Melbourne Stars, Barty hit 39 off 27 balls with one six, the second highest total on her team. She was still a mainstay on the squad, but she only scored in double figures once more this season. The Heat finished the season with a 7–7 record, enough for sixth place out of eight teams in the competition.
In February, just a few weeks after the WBBL season finished, Barty declared her return to professional tennis. At this time, she began working with Craig Tyzzer as her coach. Barty began her ITF career by competing in doubles matches at the low-level $25K tier. She competed in five events in her first two months and won three of them, including her first one back with Jessica Moore and two in Canberra in back-to-back weeks.
Barty was also given a wildcard into Wimbledon qualifying, although he did not make it to the main tournament.
After sustaining a bone stress injury in her arm, she only competed in one more race that year, the 125K Taipei Challenger.
In 2017, Barty re-joined Dellacqua as her regular doubles partner. She started the year outside the top 250 in both singles and doubles, and had never been ranked in the top 100 in singles, but she finished the year inside the top 20 in both rankings.
Barty's next tournament was the Malaysian Open, where she had won her first WTA singles match four years previously. She advanced to the main draw in singles and won both the singles and doubles competitions. This was her first WTA singles title, and it catapulted her into the top 100 for the first time.
Barty advanced to the semifinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg on clay, where she was beaten by compatriot Daria Gavrilova, and finished runner-up at the Birmingham Classic on grass, her best achievement at a Premier tournament. After losing in the opening round of the French Open and Wimbledon to top 15 players Madison Keys and Elina Svitolina, respectively, Barty took advantage of a somewhat better draw at the US Open. She defeated No. 23 Ana Konjuh in her opening round to get to the third round, where she was defeated by eventual champion Sloane Stephens. This performance catapulted her to the 37th position in the WTA rankings. Barty finished the season with a career-high ranking of No. 17 in the world.
Barty and Dellacqua reached the quarterfinals or higher in three of the four Grand Slam events they competed in during the 2017 season. Barty and Dellacqua finished the year as the third-ranked doubles team in the world, earning a berth in the WTA Finals. Individually, Barty achieved a new career-high doubles world ranking of No. 11 at the end of the season.
Barty made an excellent start to the season, reaching the final of the Sydney International in only her second competition.
Barty's greatest clay court season success came at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, when she won a WTA Tour singles event as the top seed for the first time. She reached her first WTA-level clay court semifinal before withdrawing due to a back injury. Barty won the Nottingham Open on grass, her preferred surface, for her second WTA title. She defeated local favourite and British No. 1 Johanna Konta in the final. She then won her first two matches at Wimbledon and proceeded to the third round, tying her best result at a Grand Slam.
Barty was the 18th seed in the US Open and reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, when she was defeated by No. 8 Karolna Plková. Near the close of the season, Barty hoped to defend her Wuhan Open finals appearance from the previous year. Despite being the only seeded woman to go to the semifinals, she was knocked out in the first round by Aryna Sabalenka.
She qualified for the WTA Elite Trophy for the second year in a row after remaining in the top 20. Barty was placed in a group with Sabalenka and Caroline Garcia, and she started the season by losing to Sabalenka again while winning eight games. Barty then defeated reigning champion Julia Görges and local favourite Wang Qiang to win her maiden major title and conclude the season at No. 15 in the world. Barty and Dellacqua got to the third round of the Australian Open. This was Dellacqua's final WTA event before retiring.
Despite playing mostly with Vandeweghe for the rest of the season, Barty also played in two Premier 5 events with Demi Schuurs when her regular partner Elise Mertens withdrew from the Italian Open. Barty and Schuurs won both of their competitions, the Italian Open and the Canadian Open. The first also contributed to Barty's rise to a career-high No. 5 WTA doubles world ranking. Despite having only played seven events together, Barty and Vandeweghe's two major titles were enough to qualify them as the eighth and final seed for the WTA Finals.
Barty began the season by finishing second at the Sydney International for the second year in a row, this time to Petra Kvitová. During the event, she defeated three top-15 players, including current world No. 1 Simona Halep, earning her her first career victory over a current world No. 1 player. At the Australian Open, Barty reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, defeating Maria Sharapova before falling to Kvitová again. She became the first Australian to reach the quarterfinals of the event since Jelena Dokic in 2009.
Prior to the French Open, Barty only participated in two clay court competitions. Her most notable achievement was reaching the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open, when she was beaten by No. 3 Simona Halep. She completed her clay court season by winning her maiden Grand Slam singles title at the French Open. As the tournament's eighth seed, she defeated world No. 38 Markéta Vondrouová in four games. She only lost two sets during the tournament, one against Sofia Kenin in the fourth round and the other to Amanda Anisimova in the semifinals. She needed to come back from a set and a break down against Anisimova after taking a 5–0 lead in the opening set to advance.
Barty lost the No. 1 position to Naomi Osaka in early August after losing in the first round of the Canadian Open. The next week, she fared better in the Cincinnati Open, where she lost in the semifinals to Svetlana Kuznetsova. She was knocked out of the US Open in the fourth round for the second time in a row, this time by Wang Qiang. Nonetheless, she reclaimed first place. During the Asian hard court season, she reclaimed her world No. 1 status. She reached the quarterfinals of the Wuhan Open before falling to No. 4 Osaka in the China Open. At the end of the season, Barty was ranked first in the world. She went on to become the first Australian to win the WTA Player of the Year title.
Barty began her season as the tournament favourite at the Brisbane International, however she was eliminated in the second round by qualifier Jennifer Brady. The following week, she won her first championship on home soil at the Adelaide International, defeating Markéta Vondrouová (in a rematch of the 2019 French Open final), Danielle Collins, and Dayana Yastremska.
Barty returned to the court after a vacation for the Qatar Open, the year's first Premier 5 tournament, where she lost to Kvitová in the quarterfinals. She then flew to Indian Wells, but the tournament was cancelled because to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Barty's season continued in the Miami Open, her first competition outside of Australia in almost a year, where she was the defending champion in 2019. She had to save a match point in her opening match, but she went on to overcome fellow Grand Slam champions Jelena Ostapenko and Victoria Azarenka, as well as her first top 10 wins of the year against Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina, to reach her second Miami Open final in a row. In the final, Barty successfully defended her title, beating Bianca Andreescu, who retired with a two-set lead in the second set. Barty became the first No. 1 seed to win the Miami Open since Serena Williams in 2015. Barty was also defending a singles championship for the first time. She went on to participate in the Charleston Open, where she was beaten by Paula Badosa in the quarterfinals.
Barty made her European red clay debut at the Stuttgart Open, where she won her third title of the season after rallying from a set down against Karolna Plková, Elina Svitolina, and Aryna Sabalenka.
She added to her clay-court triumph by winning the Madrid Open, which she lost in the final against Sabalenka. She was forced to retire from both the Italian and French Opens owing to ailments that prevented her from playing in any lead-up grass-court tournaments and required her to wait until Wimbledon to recover. Barty upset reigning French Open champion Barbora Krejková and former world No. 1 and 2018 champion Angelique Kerber to reach the final, when she defeated Plková for the first time since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980, and became the first top seed to win since Serena Williams in 2016.
Ash Barty's tennis racquets are manufactured by Head, a global sports equipment company, while her tennis clothing and boots are provided by FILA. She became a member of the Rado YoungStar family in 2017.
She collaborated with Jaguar, a luxury automobile brand, and was sponsored by Kayo Sports, an online video streaming platform, in December 2018. Vegemite, an Australian food spread brand, as well as Banana Boat and Esmi, endorse her.