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Barty announces shock retirement

World number one Ash Barty has announced her retirement from Tennis at age 25, less than two months after winning the Australian Open.

The 25-year-old posted an emotional six-minute video to make the announcement during a sit-down interview with close friend and former doubles partner, Casey Dellacqua.

"There’s no right way or wrong way, this is perfect for me to share it with you to talk to you about it, with my team, my loved ones, that I will be retiring from tennis," Barty said as she tried to hold back tears.

"It’s the first time I’ve said it out loud, it’s hard to say but I’m so happy and I’m so ready."

Barty believes she does not have the "physical drive" or the "emotional want" to continue the successful career she has forged in the last few years since returning to tennis.

The three-time Grand Slam champion described being "physically spent" and felt it was time to "chase other dreams" she wants to conquer.

"I said it to my team multiple times I don’t have it in me, I don’t have the physical drive, the emotional want, and kind of everything it takes to challenge yourself at the very top of the level anymore," she said.

"I just know, I am spent, physically I have nothing more to give. That for me is success, I’ve given absolutely everything I can to this beautiful sport of tennis.

Barty has remained world number one since mid 2019 after winning the French Open, opting out of most of 2020 in the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

She returned in style in 2021 by winning Wimbledon in July, producing one of the iconic moments in Australian sport earlier this year by becoming the first Australian to win the Australian Open since 1978 with a straight sets win over American Danielle Collins.

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