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Ashleigh Barty Announces Sudden Retirement; Medvedev Shrugs Off Threat of Wimbledon Ban

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Barty Announces Sudden Retirement; Medvedev Shrugs Off Threat of Wimbledon Ban

Women’s tennis world number one Ashleigh Barty has shocked the world. She announces her retirement from the sport at just 25 years old. The player makes Australian tennis history by becoming the first homegrown Australian Open champion in 44 years. She drops the shocking news on social media. The young and talented netter mentions dream fulfillment and is “spent physically.”  She says that she is very much ready to hang up her sneakers after winning Wimbledon last year.

Barty was only one of the few tennis players who has won a Grand Slam on three different surfaces. This includes clay (2019 French Open), grass (2021 Wimbledon), and hardcourt (2022 Australian Open). The announcement has shocked online tennis betting enthusiasts who had consistently picked Ashleigh Barty as their big winner in various tournaments around the world. They feel sad about the fact that she is too young to retire from the sport. 

Ashleigh Barty: A Respected and Popular Sportswoman

Barty receives a large amount of respect and popularity in tennis circles with her all-around game. It consists of her dizzying array of slices, pinpoint serving, and a seamless forehand. She started playing tennis as a child and in 2011, the Australian won the junior Wimbledon title at 15. However, she waves goodbye to tennis three years later. She plays cricket, signing in for the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League. Barty comes back to the sport after one season. She wins her first Grand Slam title in the 2019 French Open.

Despite the shocking announcement, Barty reaps praises from her peers. This is true especially from the Women’s Tennis Association acclaiming her as “an incredible ambassador for the sport. Tennis Australia called their compatriot as “a world number one role model. Former Grand Slam winner Simona Halep says that she will miss Barty. Ashleigh has been world number one for more than two years. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked Barty for being an inspiration to the country.

Medvedev ‘Unaffected’ by Wimbledon Ban Threat

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev shows everyone in the sport that this situation does not affect him. This relates to the current situation in his mother country despite the threat of being forced out of Wimbledon. Speaking on the sidelines of the Miami Open, Medvedev reluctantly answered questions about Russia’s growing sports isolation in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. He just said that he will take it one tournament at a time.

Last week, a British parliamentary hearing takes place. UK sports minister Nigel Huddleston says that they might require Medvedev to provide assurances. This means he is not supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s latest actions before taking part at Wimbledon. The 2021 US Open winner has openly stated his desire for peace but has remained mum on the war in Ukraine. However, he said that he is ready to accept any sanction applied to Russian players that could possibly mean his non-entry to some tournaments.

Conclusion

Russian athletes have fallen victim to possible sanctions being put up against Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. This could cause some top-caliber players to lose their rankings and competitive spirit. The situation will force them out of competing in tournaments around the world. The world’s top online betting site for tennis will keep everyone posted about the situation of Russian players in various sports competitions and how will the sanctions affect their playing schedules in the future.