After having 11 months of hiatus, World No.1 Ashleigh Barty will kick start her 2021 season through one of the pair of Melbourne WTA 500 events, which run from 31st January.
Before competing in Melbourne Park, Barty will play with Serena Williams, Simona Halep, and Naomi Osaka in Adelaide’s exhibition event ‘A Day at the Drive’, an official curtain-raiser to the Australian summer of tennis.
Meanwhile, the 2019 Roland Garros champion admits that “a long break was quite normal” in a recent conversation with WTA Insider.
When she was questioned, you’ve spoken before using the forced break to enjoy time with your family and have that extended time at home. But did you ever feel that impatience to get back into competition?
“In the beginning, I think everyone around the world had that anxiety, and there was uncertainty all around the world. So I think that was quite normal, and that was ok to feel that in the beginning,” Ash Barty said.
Australian continued, “The first couple of months, I barely picked up a racquet and immensely enjoyed that forced break. I found spending time with my family and all the things I have at home — I don’t need a lot to be happy.”
“Tennis isn’t the only thing in the world that brings me happiness. Being in that beautiful place with my family, being at home, and spending time with those that I love the most was more than enough for me. Having that perspective throughout the year was brilliant throughout the year,” She added.
“We Made Those Tricky Decisions For The Right Reasons”, says Ashleigh Barty
The 24-years-old woman from Queensland called off her 2020 season with Adelaide International title and back to back semifinals run at the Australian Open and Qatar Open while Barty missed the US Open and French Open due to the Coronavirus concerns.
Ash also expressed, “I certainly did miss the competition. There were times we had to make some callous decisions, but I feel like we made those tricky decisions for the right reasons. That’s all that matters.
That made me feel a lot better, knowing that my team is all on the same page. We believe in the same values, and we know that if we make the right decisions for the right reasons, then it’s all going to be ok in the end.”
“Being able to start then moving into training and practice and start to knuckle down in the pre-season was enjoyable. I missed the routine and craved the training that had become so normal to me for so many years now,” Barty confessed.