Ash Barty announces ‘exciting’ new post-tennis career move that she hopes will ‘inspire others’
Ash Barty has shaped a new “partnership” with Optus the place she will work with a few of Australia’s biggest sporting names to “inspire youth.”
Talking completely to Dawn, the previous world No. 1 tennis participant stated she was excited to enter the subsequent chapter of her life.
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“For me, being able to help inspire others, inspire youth, inspire communities, and work with Optus, I think it’s very much still in the infancy where we get to plan what we’re going to do,” she informed Dawn.
“But now we get to start that process, and it’s really exciting to know that our values align.
“It was a very easy decision for me to say yes to this partnership and to enjoy what we have coming up, what we get to be excited for, and to really how we get to have some fun with it.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Barty will be working alongside the likes of Australian swimming royalty, Ian Thorpe and Ellie Cole, in addition to Aussie Method One star Daniel Ricciardo, who lately had a success of golf with Barty.
Being well mannered, Barty, who many consider may have been knowledgeable golfer as properly, described Ricciardo’s golf sport as “raw.”
“Poor old Dan, I may have stitched him up a little bit,” Barty stated.
“He doesn’t play much golf, never really picked up a club before.
“Dan’s been chief of optimism here at Optus for a long time now and he does a bloody good job of it, and I’m excited to follow in his footsteps and kind of put my flavour on the chief of inspiration.”
Barty, who final month married long-time associate Garry Kissick in a secret marriage ceremony, hasn’t been in need of issues to do since her sensational retirement from tennis, and golf has turn out to be an much more distinguished a part of her life since having a while freed up.
The 26-year-old received a match in Brisbane earlier this yr, and lately competed within the Icons collection, which pits celeb golfers from around the globe towards a ‘Team USA,’ additionally made up of huge names who can swing a membership.
“Golf has always been a massive part of my life,” she stated.
“It’s always been a way I that I can just reconnect and just kind of refresh and settle down and really switch off, but playing in the Icons series was really fun – obviously testing myself against some of the best athletes and former athletes in the world. But all for a good cause.
“We played some awful golf, played some great golf, had some fun with it, and it was really nice to be able to connect with people from all walks of life and all different sports who had faced all different challenges.”
The burning query that everybody wished to know the reply to, was if the Wimbledon and Australian Open champion’s tennis racquet had come out of the bag since her sensational retirement earlier this yr.
“It hasn’t, not really,” she stated.
“Other than playing with Lucy, my niece, and her best friends from school, coaching them – but usually it’s a junior racquet that I’ve got in my hand with those guys. Absolutely loving getting out on court with Lucy and her friends, but (I) haven’t hit any balls, no.
“I was extremely fortunate to have such a fun career and such an incredible career, but I’m really enjoying where we are now.”
Whereas she clearly received’t be returning to the tennis court docket, she stated retirement has already been “busier than what I thought it would be.”
“It’s great because I think I’m so lucky that I’ve got so many opportunities for new challenges and, like I said, it’s all the things that I’ve always wanted to do, just never had the time to do them,” she stated.
“Now we do have the time and we’re making use of that time, which is great. I’m enjoying every single second, no regrets, and absolutely loving it.”