Bookies do NOT rule out women’s World No 1 Ash Barty making a quick return to tennis, like NFL star Tom Brady did after just 40 days… offering short odds on her defending her Australian Open crown next January
Women’s World No 1 Ashleigh Barty shocked the sporting world by retiring from tennis aged just 25 on Wednesday – but the bookies have not ruled out a U-turn for the Australian.
Barty pulled the plug on her stunning career ‘to chase other dreams’ just weeks after winning the Australian Open in January.
But bookmakers have not dismissed a quick return to tennis for Barty as Betfair have offered short odds on her defending her title in January 2023 at 6/4.
Bookmakers have offered short odds on Ash Barty returning from retirement to defend her Australian Open title in January 2023
The tennis women’s World No 1 announced her shock retirement at age 25 on Wednesday
She grabbed the World No 1 spot on June 24, 2019, and she never relinquished it until revealing she was stepping away from tennis this week.
The three-time Grand Slam winner announced her shock retirement on Wednesday in a video with former doubles partner and good friend Casey Dellacqua.
‘It’s the first time I’ve said it out loud, so it’s hard to say but I’m so happy and I’m so ready,’ she explained in the video.
‘I know I’ve done this before but in a very different feeling and I’m so grateful of what tennis has given me, all of my dreams plus more but I know the time is right now for me to step away and to put the rackets down.’
Barty also revealed that she was ‘physically spent’ and is looking forward to enjoying the next phase of her life.
‘There was a perspective shift in me in the second phase of my career that my happiness wasn’t dependent on the results,’ Barty said.
‘Success for me is knowing that I’ve given absolutely everything, everything I can.
‘I’m fulfilled, I’m happy, and I know how much work it takes to bring the best out of yourself.
‘I just don’t have that in me anymore. I don’t have the physical drive, the emotional want and everything it takes to challenge yourself at the very top level anymore.
Barty also revealed that she was ‘physically spent’ and is looking forward to the next phase
‘I am spent. I just know physically I have nothing more to give and that, for me, is success.
‘I’ve given absolutely everything I can to this beautiful sport of tennis and I’m really happy with that.
‘I know that people may not understand it. And that’s OK, I’m OK with that because I know that for me, Ash Barty, the person has so many dreams that she wants to chase after that don’t necessarily involve travelling the world, being away from my family being away from my home, which is where I’ve always wanted to be.
‘Now I think it’s important that I get to enjoy the next phase of my life as Ash Barty the person and not Ash Barty the athlete.’
But a shock return is not unheard of for athletes as Tom Brady recently came out of retirement.
Tom Brady (pictured after his Super Bowl win last year) came out of retirement less than two months after quitting the NFL
He announced his decision on Twitter and Instagram, saying he has ‘unfinished business’
Earlier this month, the 44-year-old star un-retired just six weeks after quitting the NFL in February.
Brady announced he would be coming back for his 23rd season after realising he still belonged on the field.
‘These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,’ the champion quarterback said on Twitter.
‘That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG.’