Ash Barty’s sad confession about Nick Kyrgios

Ash Barty, pictured here on the golf course during Wimbledon.

Ash Barty revealed she didn’t watch the Wimbledon final. Image: Getty

Ash Barty is so happy with her life outside of tennis that she hasn’t even watched any Wimbledon finals – including her countrywoman Nick Kyrgios vs Novak Djokovic.

Kyrgios went down in four sets against Djokovic in Sunday’s final and fell agonizingly short of emulating Barty’s feat at Wimbledon in 2021.

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But Barty, who shocked the tennis world this year when she announced her retirement aged 25, revealed she hadn’t watched a minute of the men’s or women’s finals.

Elena Rybakina defeated Ons Jabeur in the women’s final, she became the first player from Kazakhstan to win a Grand Slam title.

“I didn’t watch the Wimbledon final this year,” she said he said Guardian.

“Sorry to disappoint you. Obviously, I was excited for Ons and Elena, who are both great girls. And of course it was amazing to see Nick, who I’ve known for over a dozen years, make it to the finals.

“But since I’ve retired I’ve probably watched as many games as I did when I was playing, which was little to none. Sometimes we let it be background noise, but it’s very rare that I sit down and watch a game from start to finish with some interest. I’ve hit enough tennis balls in my life. I don’t need to see other people hit them.”

Barty said she has no regrets about her decision to retire and loves life away from tennis.

“I knew it was the right time for me. It was what I wanted to do. And I know a lot of people might still not understand that,” she said.

“But I hope they will respect it in the sense that it was my decision. And yes, it was incredible. It was everything I ever wanted.”

Ash Barty puts golf speculation to rest

Barty spent a lot of her free time on the golf course in recent months, but continues to deny that she wants to take up the sport professionally.

In a recent interview with Channel 9, Barty said: “I love golf but, much to everyone’s disappointment, I will never play professionally.

“I’ll never play another professional sport. I have other things I’d like to do.”

“I love it as a hobby, but it’s not for me.

The Queenslander said she enjoys not having to travel the world for most of the year and is taking advantage of a slower pace of life with partner Gary Kissick.

Ash Barty, pictured here in action during the Celebrity Fourball event in St Andrews.

Ash Barty in action during the Celebrity Fourball event at St Andrews. (Photo by Stuart Kerr/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

“Just being in my kitchen, being in my house — cleaning — I find it really therapeutic,” she said.

“I love cooking, I love just being at home.

Barty took part in the Icons Series golf event earlier this month, playing alongside some of the biggest names in world sport.

She was conspicuously absent when Wimbledon celebrated its former champions last week.

Barty was a notable absentee as the All England Club held a ceremony with former champions to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wimbledon’s Center Court.

Australian greats Margaret Court, Rod Laver, John Newcombe, Pat Cash and Lleyton Hewitt attended, but Barty and her idol Evonne Goolagong couldn’t make it.

She enjoyed a hit at St Andrews on Tuesday ahead of The Open Championship, which starts on Thursday.

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