Ashleigh Barty Golf
Golf Australia Magazine

The young retiree of the courts, Ashleigh Barty, will be part of a team composed of athletes led by Ernie Els during a series of exhibitions against an American team.

Former world tennis number one Ash Barty has fueled speculation about her post-career after her early retirement from the women’s world tour.

Indeed, the Australian has announced that she will dedicate herself to golf, registering for a series of exhibition tournaments featuring 23 other celebrities from the world of sport.

Barty, who retired at the age of 25 last month, is reportedly on a Rest of the World team led by South Africa’s Ernie Els against a U.S. team led by another major winner, Fred Couples.

The first event in the Icons series will take place on June 30 and July 1 at the Liberty National course near New York City, New Jersey. More tournaments are planned for Europe, Asia, and Barty’s native Australia.

Other athletes involved in these exhibition tournaments include footballers Pep Guardiola and Harry Kane, multiple Olympic swimming champions Michael Phelps, boxers Canelo Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya, and American footballer Ben Roethlisberger.

Ashleigh Barty, who has won three Grand Slam titles during her tennis career, plays with a handicap of 4 at her Queensland golf club and is engaged to Garry Kissick, a young professional golf coach.

She recently won the women’s tournament at her regional club in Brookwater, near Brisbane. In 2015, she briefly embraced her career as a professional cricketer during a two-year sabbatical.

A member of the Golf Hall of Fame, fellow Golf Karrie Webb, said last month that Barty had the talent to one day become an amateur golf champion in Australia. Barty is set to publish a series of children’s books titled “Little Ash,” among her other projects this year.

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