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Ash Barty: She is a Grand Slam tennis winner and has played professional cricket.  Now the Aussie star will take part in a premier golf event

Captain by twice Masters champion and former world number one. 1 Ernie Els, Barty will join a roster of sports stars at America’s first Icons Series event, a 10-hole team tournament to be held in New Jersey from June 30-July 1.

Former world number one Fred Couples will captain Team USA, which includes Olympic great Michael Phelps, boxer Oscar De La Hoya, former NFL star Ben Roethlisberger and TV personality Michael Strahan.
Meanwhile, in the Rest of the World squad, Barty will join Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, Tottenham superstar striker Harry Kane and boxer Canelo Alvarez.

In a video explaining her decision to retire from tennis at the age of 25, Barty said she had “a change of perspective in me in the second phase of my career, that my happiness was not dependent on results, and success for me is knowing that I gave absolutely everything I could.”

Earlier this year, Barty won the Australian Open and his retirement was announced after winning three major singles titles in the past three years.

“I know how much work it takes to bring out the best in yourself. I’ve told my team many times, it’s just that I don’t have that in me anymore,” Barty said in March when she retired.

“I no longer have the physical drive, the emotional desire and whatever it takes to challenge myself at the highest level, and I just know that I’m exhausted. I just know physically, I have nothing left. to give. For me, that’s success,” she said.

She added that she had been thinking about retirement for “a long time”, and the decision was cemented after winning Wimbledon last year and the Australian Open this year.

These wins were “my perfect way to celebrate the incredible journey of my tennis career,” she said.

Barty has won three major singles titles: the 2019 French Open, the 2021 Wimbledon and the 2022 Australian Open.

In total, she has won 15 singles titles and 12 doubles titles on the WTA Tour, and was the first Australian to win the Australian Open singles title since 1978.

But Barty’s prodigious talents aren’t just limited to the tennis court – she also played cricket professionally for the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League.

She’s also an avid golfer – something it looks like she’ll be focusing more on now.

In 2020 Barty won the Women’s Championship at Brookwater Golf Club near Brisbane and 15-time Major winner Tiger Woods once described her as having a “great swing”.

CNN’s Matias Grez and Jessie Yeung contributed reporting.

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