The information of Ash Barty changing into the mom of a child boy has overjoyed her outdated rivals at Wimbledon – and so they hope she is going to sooner or later return as a tennis ‘supermum’.
The Australian nice and her husband, golf skilled Garry Kissick, reported in an Instagram publish on Tuesday that they had turn into the proud mother and father of a ‘stunning boy’.
‘Welcome to the world, Hayden!,’ their publish learn, accompanied by an image of the brand new arrival wrapped in a blanket.
The information was acclaimed at Wimbledon, the place Barty had been feted two years and sooner or later beforehand after reaching her dream of profitable the ladies’s singles title.
Ons Jabeur, final yr’s shedding finalist, was delighted for the participant she so admired, having stated not too long ago she felt Barty would have received 20 grand slams if she had continued her profession.
Retired tennis star Ash Barty has given start to her first baby, Hayden (pictured), posting an lovely picture to her legion of followers on Instagram
Barty (pictured, with husband Gary Kissick) received three Grand Slam titles earlier than saying her shock retirement final yr
World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka would like to see Barty return to the WTA tour
Now the Tunisian desires to see Barty make a comeback just like the one introduced final week by one other former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, who gave start to her second baby in October.
‘Unbelievable information. I am very comfortable for her that she had a child boy. I am very comfortable for her as a result of that is one thing that I need to have, a household,’ world No.6 Jabeur stated after her first-round victory over Poland’s Magdalena Frech.
‘I am certain she’s having fun with being a mum proper now slightly than being on a tennis court docket ready to play at Wimbledon.
‘I hope that she is going to change her thoughts like Wozniacki and comes again perhaps in a single or two years.’
World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka, who this yr succeeded Barty as Australian Open champion, added: ‘I am super-happy for her. I want her all the most effective in her new chapter of her life. I feel she’s actually having fun with it.
‘I actually miss Ash on tour. I actually loved our matches towards one another, all our battles, however she made her determination and I actually respect it.’
Requested a couple of Barty comeback, Sabalenka stated: ‘She has all the things to return again. She’s very proficient. I really feel like she already made it as soon as.
‘If she’s going to determine to return again taking part in tennis, she’s going to do effectively.’
Barty retired from tennis in March 2022, simply two months after thrilling the nation by profitable the Australian Open (above)
Final yr, Barty induced a sensation by saying her retirement from the game in March, lower than two months after profitable the Australian Open in Melbourne and when she was nonetheless a totally dominant determine on the prime of the sport.
She married Kissick in July final yr in Queensland, and in January introduced her being pregnant, declaring: ‘2023 set to be the most effective yr but’.
Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, led the wave of congratulations from inside the sport for the favored Barty, calling the arrival of child Hayden ‘fantastic information’.
There was loads of hypothesis over whether or not Barty, now 27, would possibly determine to make a comeback in some unspecified time in the future.
And the guessing video games are set to proceed over whether or not the lady who lifted three of the slams – French Open (2020), Wimbledon (2021) and Australian Open (2022) – might sooner or later be part of the band of profitable tennis mums.
Down the years, that esteemed record has included Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Barty’s personal heroine, Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, who again in 1980 turned the primary mom to win the Wimbledon singles for 66 years.
When requested in regards to the prospect of sooner or later returning to the game, Barty stated after her retirement: ‘I would say you by no means say by no means. I would say the door is closed, however it’s not padlocked.’
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