Before winning Wimbledon, Ash Barty’s return was “not easy” – Austin
Ash Barty struggled to adjust to life outside of Australia and left the tennis tour in 2014, only to return to win Wimbledon the following year.
Former US Open champion Tracy Austin says Ash Barty’s tennis career was “not easy.” The Wimbledon champion took a two-year hiatus from the tour in 2014 after struggling to cope with the demands of professional tennis.
In a nail-biting Wimbledon final, the world No. 1 defeated Karolina Pliskova in three sets.
After winning the 2019 French Open, this is Barty’s second Grand Slam victory.
But, after quitting the professional game for two years following the 2014 US Open, her path to success has not been easy.
Tracy Austin, in the aftermath of her Wimbledon victory, acknowledged her long road to the top.
“This is a young lady who had done so well in doubles but withdrew herself off the tour for a couple of years due of her mental health,” she told the BBC.
“She wasn’t loving being away from her family and so far from Australia, so bringing this team with her was a major commitment for her.
“They were crucial to her development and her desire to return to the game.
“It’s more special since it wasn’t easy for her, there were ups and downs, and she took up cricket for God’s sake!” ”
The American also applauded Barty’s coach, Craig Tizer, for his dedication during what must have been a difficult time away from home.
“For Craig Tizer to make that commitment to abandon his family as well,” she continued.
“Apparently, there were a lot of tears in March because they realized it would be around eight months before they could return.
“They had to quarantine in Australia for a few of weeks, which is quite difficult for an athlete, so she made that tremendous commitment after being out of the game for 11 months.
“It all started at Wimbledon when I won the juniors, and now it’s gone full circle 10 years later.”
Since Evonne Goolagong fifty years ago, Barty is the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon.
She only dropped two sets throughout the competition, to Carlos Suarez Navvaro in the first round and Pliskova in the final.
With her victory at Wimbledon, she has now won two of the major tournaments. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”