Ash Barty reveals his surprise post-tennis career as a children’s book author
Former tennis world number 1 Ash Barty has revealed details of her new career off the court, without a tennis racket in sight.
Barty shocked the sports world when she announced her retirement from tennis aged just 25 last month.
Speculation swirls about what the Wimbledon and Australian Open champion would do next – including international cricket – but few thought she would become an author.
Barty revealed that she will be producing a series of children’s books, titled Small Ashas his first major post-tennis project.
Publisher HarperCollins has already started promoting the books, giving fans an idea of what to expect on its website.
“It’s tennis tournament day and Ash is so excited to compete,” reads the publisher’s website.
Illustrated by First Nations artists Jasmin McGaughey and Jade Goodwin, the first in the Little Ash series is set to be released in July.
The Mail Mail reported that the six-book series will be based on the real-life experiences of the three-time Grand Slam singles winner – both on and off the court.
Barty made her explosive retirement announcement on March 23, when she said her tennis retirement plans were set before she had “one last crack” and marched to a dominating Australian Open title in january.
Barty made history at the time by becoming the first local player to win the Australian Open title since Chris O’Neil in 1978.
Speaking alongside coach Craig Tyzzer at a press conference to announce his plans, Barty revealed a wedding date with fiancé Garry Kissick had been set but remained coy about his upcoming professional move. .
“[Tennis has] gave me all my dreams and more, but I know now is the time for me to walk away and pursue other dreams and put the rackets down,” she said at the time.