‘Best year yet’: Ash Barty reveals she is pregnant

Retired tennis champion Ash Barty will not defend her Australian Open crown this month but continues to draw headlines, announcing she is about to become a mum.

The 26-year-old revealed her baby joy on social media on Friday night.

Barty posted a photo on Instagram of her dog Origi with a pair of baby shoes.

“2023 set to be the best year yet. We are so excited for our new adventure,” Barty wrote in a caption including a baby emoji.

“Origi already the protective big sister.”

Her golf-professional partner Garry Kissick also posted on Instagram a photo of the baby shoes with the dog and a baby-sized Liverpool soccer kit with the caption “Little Red, 2023” and a baby emoji.

The three-time grand-slam champion’s news comes nine months after she shocked the tennis world by quitting the sport seven weeks after ending Australia’s 44-year singles title drought in Melbourne.


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