Former world number one Ash Barty has announced that she is pregnant with her first child.
The tennis champion retired after last year’s Australian Open and won’t be defending her crown in Melbourne later this month.
The 26-year-old revealed the news of her baby on social media on Friday night.
“2023 is going to be our best year yet. We are so excited about our new adventures,” Bertie wrote in the caption, which includes a baby emoji. “
Her partner, golf pro Gary Kisik, also posted a photo on Instagram of her dog in baby shoes and a baby-sized Liverpool kit, captioned “Little Red, 2023” and a baby emoji. rice field.
The three-time Grand Slam champion Barty shocked the tennis world in 2022 by quitting the sport seven weeks after ending Australia’s 44-year singles title drought in Melbourne.
Her other Grand Slam victories include the 2020 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon.
Bertie married Kisik last July and exchanged vows in a private ceremony in Queensland.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has joined those wishing to congratulate former Young Australian of the Year Bertie.
“This is great news that Ash Barty will be a new mother in 2023,” Albanese said on Saturday.
“It was an honor to see her win the Australian Open last January. I wish you all the best.
“Whatever Ash Barty does, we look forward to seeing her. She’s going to be a winner on and off the court and congratulations.”
Bertie has already kept busy in retirement, publishing a series of children’s books and publishing an autobiography. my dream timefounded a foundation and mentors emerging young tennis star Olivia Gadecki.
Although she won’t play, Barty will be a prominent figure at Melbourne Park this month and will support the 20-year-old when he makes his long-awaited Open debut when the majors begin Jan. 16. .