World No 1 Ashleigh Barty announces retirement
World No 1, Australian tennis player, Ashleigh Barty stunned the tennis world on Wednesday by retiring from the sport aged just 25 citing fatigue, lack of motivation as the reasons behind her decision.
Her decision came weeks after becoming the first home Australian Open champion in 44 years
About Ashleigh Barty-
Barty is a 3 times Grand Slam Women’s Singles Winner (Australian Open (2022) French Open (2019) and Wimbledon (2021))
Barty is just the fifth woman in WTA history to finish three straight years at World No. 1 (Evert, Navratilova, Graf, and Serena)
She’s one of six women in the Open Era to win their first three Slam finals.
Barty is among nine women who have at least one singles Slam title on every surface in the Open Era.
The Grand Slam in tennis is the achievement of winning all four major championships.
If in the same calendar year, it is referred to as "Calendar Slam".
If not in the same calendar year, it is referred to as “Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam”
If in any time during the course of a career, it is referred to as “Career Grand Slam”
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing body of tennis in the world.
The four Grand Slam tournaments are the following-
Nicknamed ‘the happy slam’, it is held annually over the last fortnight of January at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. It was first held in 1905. It is played on hard court.
Officially known as Roland-Garros, it is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France, beginning in late May each year. The tournament and venue are named after the French aviator Roland Garros. The French Open is the premier clay court championship in the world
Also known as The Championships, it is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is widely regarded as the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, in late June to early July, since 1877 and is played on outdoor grass courts
This is a hardcourt tennis tournament. Since 1987, the US Open has been chronologically the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the year. The US Open starts on the last Monday of August and continues for two weeks, with the middle weekend coinciding with the US Labor Day
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