Almanac Tennis – There is no ‘I’ in Barty, we or team: The ABC of Ash Barty

 

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If it wasn’t already the case, Australia has a newcomer to the sports ‘known-by-a-single-moniker’ club.

 

Ash.

 

She follows in the illustrious footsteps of the likes of The Don, Artie, Cathy, Our Dawn, Leyton, Lethal, AB, Alfie, Deek, Thorpedo, Newk, Jezza and so on. Having fulfilled her (and everyone’s) dream by winning the 2021 Wimbledon women’s singles crown, her place in the pantheon is secure at the age of 25.

 

But just what is it that makes Ash Barty universally admired, respected and, dare I say it, loved? No doubt we’ll read a thousand and one answers to that question in the coming days.

 

Here are a few of her qualities that come to my mind, not necessarily in any order of significance: authentic, balanced, considerate, decent, engaging, factual, grounded, humble, inspirational, judicious, knowledgeable, loquacious, modest, natural, ordinary, personable, quintessential, respectful, sincere, thoughtful, unforgettable, vivacious, winsome, (e)xcellent, (and can someone help me with y and z?).

 

For me, it’s her basic humility and decency, her emphasis on ‘we’ rather than ‘I’, her respect for her fellow players and her gracious manner in both victory and defeat.

 

It doesn’t hurt that she also happens to like a beer, follows the footy, had a go at cricket and has no tabs on herself.

 

Ash Barty – what a champion!

 

 

 

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About Ian Hauser

A relaxed, Noosa-based retiree with a (very) modest sporting CV. A Queenslander through and through, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby league. I enjoy travel, good coffee and cake, reading, and have been known to appreciate a glass or three of wine. As well as being one of Footy Almanac's online editors, I moonlight as an editor for hire - check me out at www.writerightediting.com.au

Comments

  1. Spot on Ian, you’ve encapsulated Ash so well.

    She’s down to earth, watching her, beer in hand at the footy, sums that up so well. She’s a champion on the court who doesn’t blame/make excuses if matches don’t go to plan. I’m happy watching her have a long, happy reign on the tennis court(s). Even if it’s not a reign, but a damn good career, she’s a champion.

    Go Ash !!!!

    Glen!

  2. Tennis Analyst says

    Very well said Glen.

    Congratulations to Ash Barty and her team, especially the super coach, Craig Tyzzer, on a magnificent Wimbledon victory.

    Only 5 more Grand Slam singles titles to equal her mentor, the great Evonne Goolagong Cawley, but who’s counting.

    Even if Ash Barty doesn’t win another Grand Slam singles title for the rest of her tennis career, she can now say she has been a Wimbledon and French Open champion. However, knowing Ash, she won’t be saying anything like that to anyone. She is as modest as they come.

    Like Evonne Goolagong Cawley, she has been a great role model for the sport.

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