World No. 1 Ash Barty retires from tennis at age 25


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Champion person and tennis player. Good fortune what ever she does in the future.

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Fair game to her. She worked hard, she had great success, she made her money, and she did it all in a very respectable way. Even at 25 she has nothing left to prove to anyone, and can just ride off into the sunset. Well done, Ash.

That said, I think this is yet another example of how the tennis world needs a major overhaul. The "tennis season" runs roughly 11 months a year, and involves constant traveling around the world, staying in hotels, tournament after tournament after tournament, and the stress of it all, and the constant physical toll of it all. How difficult must it be to have a family life, to date, to have hobbies, to set up a house, to have a vacation, to do any of these things that we associate with normal life? It wouldn't surprise me at all if we start seeing more players retiring at relatively young ages. It's asking too much of people.

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More power to her! I wont be a bit surprised if others follow in her footsteps.

Best of luck to her in all her future endeavors!

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Who? Never heard of her and I follow world tennis. :)

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This came as a shock, I thought there is finally somebody at the top of women tennis for years to come...

But completely agree with The Original Wing, the pro tour nowadays is too demanding on the mind and body of athletes.

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she has nothing left to prove to anyone,

Perhaps. 3 out of 4 majors. In the same position I would have liked to have gone for one last crack at the full set before bowing out, especially missing the US Open, universally regarded as only second to Wimbledon.

Wonder if she will see have a crack at cricket again?

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Made a packet and fancies doing something else.

Nothing wrong with that. Good luck to her.

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Smart! Get out on top. Some athletes linger too long and then have mental breakdowns.

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A real classy tennis player. Not all are.

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But completely agree with The Original Wing, the pro tour nowadays is too demanding on the mind and body of athletes.

Barty didn't say it was. "nowadays"? The number of tournaments hasn't changed for what? 30-40 years.

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@zoroto--gulp, the bad boys and girls of tennis. Give us the short list just for giggles.

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Huge news; she would have dominated for the net 2-3 years at least.

As this is Japan---waiting to hear Osaka's comment.

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Barty has done all she needs to in Tennis, and she does love Cricket. She may well take that up part time and would love to represent Australia in cricket at the ashes or similar. It is an open door for her in many ways and she is young enough to make a name in another endevour if she is able. She has the connections to do many things now.

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Indubitably a smart decision. At 25 I’m impressed could have possibly should have, but nahhhh. Got other things to do. Nice.

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Who? Never heard of her and I follow world tennis. :)

Ash Barty surprisingly retired from tennis at age 25 while ranked No. 1 and less than two months after winning the Australian Open for her third Grand Slam singles title.

Maybe you only follow the men's or do not know women plays tennis, too.

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Who? Never heard of her and I follow world tennis. :)

I highly doubt it!

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Goes to show it takes a lot of mental fortitude to stay at the top, even if ya have the physical skills

When your mind is not in it anymore, ya know ya can't stay at the top

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A class act both on and off the court. Takes courage to make this decision and shows she is not beholden to the corporate dollar. Hope she enjoys the fruits of her labour. Always a strong competitor who acknowledged her opponent after her losses and conceded that you can have off days. Fragility was never in her character, unlike a few others.

There are are some on the circuit who might benefit from taking a reality check.

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Most excellent.

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Can't handle it, huh? Oh well, some people just aren't built tough enough. Unlike some who are.

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letsberealisticToday 01:29 pm JST

Who? Never heard of her and I follow world tennis. :)

She spent 121 weeks at No. 1 in the rankings, including the last 114 in a row.

Clearly your "world tennis" credentials are really just your "backyard tennis" credentials.

So much for you to learn about real Tennis. That is a good thing.

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Sadly, many have not heard of her. That's life

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If she gets bored, she can always come back.

Even much later in life....

Have you seen how much players on the masters circuit are getting paid to knock a few balls about and joke with the crowd?

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Hats off to World No. 1 Ash Barty, multiple winner of Grand Slams. All the best.

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