Australian Olympic Committee lauds Ash Barty on decorated career

The AOC paid tribute to Olympian Ash Barty upon her sudden retirement from the game of tennis

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Ash Barty lanza un grito de victoria tras ganar el Abierto de Australia en la final contra la estadounidense Danielle Collins. Enero 29, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
Ash Barty lanza un grito de victoria tras ganar el Abierto de Australia en la final contra la estadounidense Danielle Collins. Enero 29, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has congratulated Ashleigh Barty on her career achievements after she announced she is retiring from tennis.

The triple Grand Slam champion made her Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020, winning a bronze medal in mixed doubles.

Barty is of Ngarigo decent and is one of only 60 indigenous Australians to have competed in the Olympics. She was part of a record-high 16 indigenous athletes on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team.

Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team in Tokyo Ian Chesterman said Barty was an inspiration for all Australians.

“Ash’s astonishing performances on the court and generosity, empathy and humility off the court have inspired millions of Australians,” he said.

“Winning a bronze medal in the mixed doubles in her Olympic debut, Ash demonstrated her trademark spirit.”

Foto del sábado de Ash Barty celebrando tras conquistar el título en Wimbledon. 
Jul 10, 2021  
REUTERS/Toby Melville
Foto del sábado de Ash Barty celebrando tras conquistar el título en Wimbledon. Jul 10, 2021 REUTERS/Toby Melville

“You could see first-hand the strength and magnetism of Ash’s personality, there was always a buzz when Ash was in the Olympic Village. Athletes were both drawn to and motivated by Ash, she has an aura about her.”

Barty is a three-time Grand Slam singles winner with victories in the 2019 French Open, 2021 Wimbledon and 2022 Australian Open.

She sports a career record of 305-102, including a perfect 11-0 mark this year. Her last match was a win over Danielle Collins in the Australian Open final.

Chesterman said the sport and the Australian Olympic team will certainly miss the young star.

“I wish Ash all the best in her future endeavors, she has already shown she is a champion and I’m sure she will apply the same passion and attitude to whatever path she chooses.”