Ash Barty news: THIS is the Aussie's immediate plan after retiring from tennis

The 25-year-old seemed set to become one of the greatest players the sport has ever seen but decided to call it quits.

Ashleigh Barty in a file photo, Image credit: Twitter

Former world number one Ashleigh Barty has revealed the next step in her career after retiring from tennis. The Australian bid her final farewell to the sport last month when she announced her retirement. The 25-year-old seemed set to become one of the greatest players the sport has ever seen but decided to call it quits, a decision that thoroughly shocked all of the tennis world. Barty had expressed her interest in other sports like golf and cricket. She had also mentioned that she wanted to tie the knot with her long-time partner Garry Kissick. However, her immediate move is possibly something no one saw coming.

Authoring children’s books is what the former world number one will focus on, for now, a profession completely different from what she had been doing at the highest level for most of her life. She had, however, mentioned earlier that a book series project was one of her dreams.

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‘Little Ash’

The book series will be titled ‘Little Ash’ and it will have six volumes in total. It will be written and illustrated with First Nations creatives Jasmin McGaughey and Jade Goodwin. July is the tentative time during which the series will be available for purchasing.

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The Aussie also has plans of writing a memoir of her tennis career later this year. She mentioned that her inspiration for writing children’s books was her five-year-old niece, Lucy. “The project has been so much fun and something I have always wanted to do,” Barty said as per Fox News.

“Lucy was my north star. She is the perfect age to understand stories and storylines and read chapter books. Being able to read it to her will be great and to go up to readings to kids in rural areas is something I want to be really hands-on with,” the former tennis star added.

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