Ashleigh Barty has a great respect and admiration for Rafael Nadal as she thinks it’s impressive for how long the Spaniard has managed to play the game at a very high level. Nadal, who will turn 36 in June, is ranked at No.
3 in the world and has won 20 of his 21 matches played in 2022. On the other side, tennis fans won’t have a chance to watch a great champion Barty anymore as she has announced her retirement from the game at the age of 25.
“You think of Rafael Nadal as someone whose longevity in the sport has been undeniable. He’s been amazing for the sport of tennis,” Barty said, per Sportskeeda. “For me as a fan to see him do that over such an extended period has been a pleasure.”
Barty doesn’t have it for tennis anymore
The tennis world was left shocked by Barty’s decision to walk away from the game at such a young age. However, Barty provided a detailed explanation what led to her calling it a career.
After winning Wimbledon and the Australian Open, Barty’s motivation declined and there was no point in continuing her career. “I love the competition [too]. That’s what has driven me the most in my career, that one-on-one competition and the thrill of the fight.
I know that I’ll miss it 100%. But I’ll be able to get the adrenaline in different ways. Those ways will remain to be seen,” Barty said. “I know that I’ve been very fortunate to have so many incredible moments on the court where that competitive nature has come out on top and has really flourished at times.
It’s been an incredible career.” Barty achieved a lot and went out as a great champion. Barty is still ranked at No. 1 in the world but her name will be removed from the WTA rankings list when the list gets updated.