Legends of the game, current stars and rising youngsters all sent words of praise and congratulations to World No.1 Ashleigh Barty, who announced her retirement from professional tennis on Tuesday.
Take a look at some of their comments toward the three-time Grand Slam singles champion, starting with Shelby Rogers, who is the last player to defeat Barty, at the 2021 US Open:
What a legend. Incredible inspiration on and off the court. One of the best human beings I’ve ever met.— Shelby Rogers (@Shelby_Rogers_) March 23, 2022
Our number 1! Best of luck @ashbarty 💞
@ashbarty I can’t lie I was sad to read your decision but also happy for your new chapter. Always your fan close up and afar. Sending all my love— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) March 23, 2022
An incredible role model for so many not only in our sport, and she’s always gone about her career in her own special way. Well done, Ash. A true Aussie legend 👏 https://t.co/pnmaUjTPBe— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) March 23, 2022
So much respect for you Ash! Your whole career you’ve done it your way! Always followed your heart and I hope you keep doing this!! Enjoy golf 🏌️♀️, planning wedding, being home, being with family and dogs 🐶, having good Aussie coffee everyday ☕️ and so many more things!!! pic.twitter.com/ABpceGOOq5— Daria Saville (@Daria_gav) March 23, 2022
Barty and Petra Kvitova have had a notable and friendly rivalry. The two Grand Slam champions have played each other 10 times, with six of those matches going three sets. Their head-to-head concludes at a deadlocked 5-5.
Ash, I have no words... actually you are showing your true class leaving tennis in this beautiful way.— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) March 23, 2022
I am so happy I could share the court with you.. tennis will never be the same without you! I admire you as a player and a person.. wishing you only the best! ❤️@ashbarty
Ash, what can I say, you know I have tears right? My friend, I will miss you on tour. You were different, and special, and we shared some amazing moments. What's next for you? Grand Slam champion in golf?! Be happy and enjoy your life to the max xo Simo@ashbarty pic.twitter.com/WbX7kXnJ1l— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) March 23, 2022
It's still a little bit surreal to me… @ashbarty thank you for what you've done for our sport, for every time we practiced together and played against each other - it was always a challenge in the best way possible. I hope you'll enjoy every second in this new chapter Champ. 💛 pic.twitter.com/iZ6ZGlaEuz— Iga Świątek (@iga_swiatek) March 24, 2022
Happy for you, @ashbarty to go out on your terms but the tennis world will miss a great champion. Love your elegant, athletic style of play and have always been impressed with the way you handle yourself on and off the court. Enjoy the next chapter. 💚💛— Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) March 23, 2022
What a legend you are @ashbarty . She is an awesome human on and off the court. What she has done for our sport and Aussie womens tennis is nothing short of remarkable. What a legacy. We will miss you!! Enjoy retired life ⛳️ 🐶 ☕️— Lizette Cabrera (@lizzycabrera97) March 23, 2022
What a champ and what a way to go @ashbarty 🏆 Happy retirement mate— Laura Robson (@laurarobson5) March 23, 2022
Barty's compatriot Dylan Alcott, who was named the 2022 Australian of the Year, also retired this season, following a career where he became the first man to complete the Golden Slam in quad singles.
Ash Barty. Amazing tennis player but even better person. A champion in every sense of the word. Very proud of you mate ❤️— Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) March 23, 2022
I’ve loved watching you play 🤩 @ashbarty . Enjoy your time off the court 🥳— EdouardRogerVasselin (@ERogerVasselin) March 23, 2022
always follow YOUR dreams.— Christopher Kas (@KasiTennis) March 23, 2022
always do it YOUR way.
Congratulations on an unbelievable career @ashbarty !!
You are amazing 😍
In her final event earlier this year, Barty became the first Australian to win the women's singles title at the Australian Open since Chris O'Neil in 1978. Her home Slam wished her the best:
From one Australian tennis legend to another…— TennisAustralia (@TennisAustralia) March 23, 2022
Evonne Goolagong Cawley, after long-time friend and champion successor Ash Barty announced her immediate retirement from tennis. pic.twitter.com/cgrP2H5DY1
Dear Ash, news of your tennis retirement has stunned the world. You march to your own drum with humility and a beaming smile. You are a winner in every sense and I admire you greatly. I wish you great happiness and health. 🚀 https://t.co/EMqzdqofF5— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) March 24, 2022
Ash, you always did everything the exact way YOU wanted to do it and not what others told you to do. Your own way, own path.. That is what I appreciate and respect so much about you. I will miss my slice buddy on tour 🙏 Congrats champ and all the best! #1 @ashbarty— Kirsten Flipkens (@FlipperKF) March 23, 2022
Rare enough to see some people follow their heart rather than the stream.— Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou) March 23, 2022
Wimbledon, the site of Barty's second major victory in 2021, also bade farewell to its reigning champion, who will not defend her title this year.
Thank you for everything you’ve done for tennis, especially in Aus. You put your heart into everything you do and you have inspired so many and always will. So excited to see what is in store for you in the future. Enjoy retirement🙏🏽😍 @ashbarty— Priscilla hon (@pribo98) March 23, 2022
What Ash Barty has taught me; March to the beat of your own drum. Know who you are, what you want, what makes you happy/fulfilled and go get it. You have given Australia and this sport so much, so thank you! What a career, what a person. Enjoy the next chapter of life mate 💚💛— Ellen Perez (@EllenPerez95) March 23, 2022
Ash Barty is pure class. Congrats champ well deserved! https://t.co/JHFoXzPidY— Jan-Michael Gambill (@JanmikeGambill) March 23, 2022
Carla Suárez Navarro played Barty in the Spaniard's last Wimbledon match of her career, pushing Barty to three sets in the first round last year at SW19. Barty went on to win the title.
Congrats @ashbarty on an amazing career, what a stud going out on top and doing it your own way. 👏🏼 👏🏼👏🏼— Jessie Pegula (@JLPegula) March 23, 2022
@ashbarty Dear Ash- you are leaving the tennis and sports world quite speechless and full of praise at the same time. Enjoy this chapter of your life after tennis - we will miss you, your smile and your beautiful game. Be happy Champ, the Hall of Fame is waiting:)!!!— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) March 23, 2022
You will be missed, @AshBarty! You gave all your heart to our sport and inspired so many along your journey.❤️You’re stepping away from tennis as a true champion and on your own terms, simply following your own path, as you always have.Keep chasing your dreams, I know you will ✊🏻 pic.twitter.com/DVEUcpcvKf— Angelique Kerber (@AngeliqueKerber) March 23, 2022
. @ashbarty you are a true inspiration. You will be missed on tour ❤️ A true legend🙏 I wish you all the best for what’s coming next.— Ons Jabeur (@Ons_Jabeur) March 23, 2022
Throwback to our first junior doubles title😅 pic.twitter.com/mEq6odLOXy
What a tremendous champion. On and off the court. The only woman I’ve handed the trophy to at the Hard Rock and it was an absolute pleasure both times. The sport will miss your kind heart and sublime talent. All the best for the next chapter. https://t.co/ALgTVSRqPy— James Blake (@JRBlake) March 23, 2022
Australia has a rich history in tennis, and @ashbarty has represented it so well.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) March 23, 2022
I have no doubt she will continue to inspire and make a positive difference in the world.
I wish her all the best in this next chapter of her life.