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Sunday, 9 June 2019

New champion Barty switches up Wimbledon plans


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Newly-crowned French Open champion Ashleigh Barty will put away her racquets and pick up the golf clubs this week as she recovers from her Roland Garros success.

Barty returned to the scene of her career highlight on Sunday morning for the champion's photoshoot having celebrated with her camp at an Italian restaurant near Roland Garros.

"It was a great evening, just those closest to me," she said. "Beers, steaks, pasta. No speeches, just fun."

The new world No.2 was flying out to Birmingham and will catch up with her parents Rob and Josie, who arrived from Brisbane on Saturday just in time to join relatives in the English Midlands to watch her beat Marketa Vondrousova.

After her gruelling seven-match run in Paris, Barty has withdrawn from the Nottingham grass-court event despite being the defending champion.

She will return to action the following week in Birmingham, where top-ranked US Open and Australian Open champion Noami Osaka and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova will be in action.

She'll then head down to the English south coast to play at Eastbourne, in a stellar field showcasing some of the world's best including Simona Halep, Kiki Bertens, Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Wozniacki.

Barty's boyfriend Garry Kissick, a trainee professional at Brooklands Golf Club in Queensland, will also fly in this week and join her for a round at The Belfry in Warwickshire, which has hosted the Ryder Cup on four occasions.

"We're going to play a bit of golf and do nothing at all," said her coach Craig Tyzzer.

"She's pretty tired, both mentally and physically."

Ash Barty: This is how legends are made

Barty said she'd make sure she enjoyed the experience of being a grand slam winner this week then put it behind her to focus on the grass court season.

"Our team has worked so hard for this and to now be reaping the rewards is so special," Barty said.

"But it's a fresh start and a clean slate next week when we go to Birmingham.

"It's important for me to start again, to work on the few little things I need to adjust for the grass courts.

"We can celebrate this, we can have fun, but it's a clean slate going into the grass-court season."

Newly-crowned French Open champion Ashleigh Barty will put away her racquets and pick up the golf clubs this week as she recovers from her Roland Garros success.

Barty returned to the scene of her career highlight on Sunday morning for the champion's photoshoot having celebrated with her camp at an Italian restaurant near Roland Garros.

"It was a great evening, just those closest to me," she said. "Beers, steaks, pasta. No speeches, just fun."

The new world No.2 was flying out to Birmingham and will catch up with her parents Rob and Josie, who arrived from Brisbane on Saturday just in time to join relatives in the English Midlands to watch her beat Marketa Vondrousova.

After her gruelling seven-match run in Paris, Barty has withdrawn from the Nottingham grass-court event despite being the defending champion.

She will return to action the following week in Birmingham, where top-ranked US Open and Australian Open champion Noami Osaka and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova will be in action.

She'll then head down to the English south coast to play at Eastbourne, in a stellar field showcasing some of the world's best including Simona Halep, Kiki Bertens, Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Wozniacki.

Barty's boyfriend Garry Kissick, a trainee professional at Brooklands Golf Club in Queensland, will also fly in this week and join her for a round at The Belfry in Warwickshire, which has hosted the Ryder Cup on four occasions.

"We're going to play a bit of golf and do nothing at all," said her coach Craig Tyzzer.

"She's pretty tired, both mentally and physically."

Ash Barty: This is how legends are made

Barty said she'd make sure she enjoyed the experience of being a grand slam winner this week then put it behind her to focus on the grass court season.

"Our team has worked so hard for this and to now be reaping the rewards is so special," Barty said.

"But it's a fresh start and a clean slate next week when we go to Birmingham.

"It's important for me to start again, to work on the few little things I need to adjust for the grass courts.

"We can celebrate this, we can have fun, but it's a clean slate going into the grass-court season."

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