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Tennis champion Ash Barty shocks after announcing she will be stepping away from tennis

Australian tennis ace Ash Barty dropped a bombshell after announcing she was taking a break from the sport (pictured, with fiancé Gary Kissick)

Tennis champion Ash Barty is shocked after announcing she will be stepping away from tennis – as wedding plans and the construction of her Queensland mega-mansion keep her busy

  • Tennis star Ash Barty, 25, has confirmed she is taking time off from sport
  • The women’s world number one couldn’t get rid of some minor injuries
  • Barty will look to return to the field next month for the Billie Jean King Cup











Australian tennis ace Ash Barty has dropped a bombshell after announcing she is taking a break from the sport, effective immediately.

The 25-year-old, who won her third career Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park in January, will marry fiancé Garry Kissick at some point in 2022.

The couple will also continue to build their west Brisbane mansion in Brookwater, having bought a vacant block for $882,000 late last year.

On Friday, Barty released a statement confirming that she will not be competing in the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments in the United States starting March 9.

“Unfortunately my body didn’t recover as I had hoped after the Australian Open and I wasn’t able to prepare adequately for Indian Wells and Miami,” Barty said.

Australian tennis ace Ash Barty dropped a bombshell after announcing she was taking a break from the sport (pictured, with fiancé Gary Kissick)

The queen of Australian sport delighted the nation when she won her third career grand slam at Melbourne Park in January

The queen of Australian sport delighted the nation when she won her third career grand slam at Melbourne Park in January

While having time off, Barty's mansion will continue to be built in Brookwater in west Brisbane (pictured, where she is currently believed to be living until her new accommodation is built)

While having time off, Barty’s mansion will continue to be built in Brookwater in west Brisbane (pictured, where she is currently believed to be living until her new accommodation is built)

“I don’t think I’m at the level needed to win these events and so I’ve decided to withdraw from both tournaments.

“I love these events and I’m sad not to be there competing, but I have to focus on my body.”

Barty is believed to be trying hard to return to the field when she represents Australia at the Billie Jean King Cup in mid-April.

Her Australian Open triumph as the women’s number one seed in January followed Barty’s decisive success at Roland-Garros in 2019, as well as his victory on grass at Wimbledon last year.

This isn’t the first time Barty has taken a break from tennis either.

In late 2014, Barty announced that she wanted to live a “normal life” away from the demands of full-time touring and endless global travel.

The following year she signed a BBL contract with Brisbane Heat and showed plenty of promise as a cricketer before eventually being drawn back into tennis after an occasional swipe with her good friend Casey Dellacqua.

Remarkably, in 2019, Barty was world number one in the official WTA tennis rankings.

Adored for her humble nature, she has shrewdly invested her millions in property in her native Queensland in recent years.

Besides his yet-to-be-built mansion in Brookwater, Barty also owns property in the nearby lakes of Springfield and Augustine Heights.

Brookwater is a residential community in Ipswich and features a golf course designed by Greg Norman.

The outstanding sports talent got a shot at cricket after quitting tennis in 2014, representing the Brisbane Heat in the Women's Big Bash League the following year.

The outstanding sports talent got a shot at cricket after quitting tennis in 2014, representing the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League the following year.

Barty's mansion in Brookwater in west Brisbane is close to where she grew up in Ipswich (pictured, an artist's impression of what the house may look like)

Barty’s mansion in Brookwater in west Brisbane is close to where she grew up in Ipswich (pictured, an artist’s impression of what the house may look like)

The 25-year-old was Australia's toast after winning Wimbledon in 2021 (pictured)

The 25-year-old was Australia’s toast after winning Wimbledon in 2021 (pictured)

In a promotional video released by Brookwater Residential, Barty said she “couldn’t imagine living anywhere else without traveling the world.”

‘You can hear the birds in the morning. You can see the sun rise. It’s just all those little things that make a home,” she said.

“I like the low-key lifestyle here at Brookwater. This is where I see myself forever.

According to Forbes Money List for Highest-Paid Female Athletes, Barty came in eighth by earnings in 2021.

She pocketed $3.9m on the pitch, mostly after winning at the All England Club last July, but also managed to raise $3m from the court through sponsorship deals with Jaguar, Vegemite, Fila , Rado and Uber Eats.

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