Ash Barty to return to Wimbledon as retired tennis superstar lands job she 'never' wanted

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  • Ash Barty will beryllium astatine Wimbledon this summer 
  • Retired prima will beryllium portion of BBC's commentary team 
  • She had antecedently vowed 'never' to do punditry 

By Ollie Lewis

Published: 08:50 EDT, 23 May 2024 | Updated: 08:50 EDT, 23 May 2024

Ash Barty will return to Wimbledon this summer, but she won't beryllium stepping backmost onto tribunal arsenic galore fans would person hoped. 

Back successful 2022, Barty shocked nan world by announcing her status from tennis astatine nan property of 25, soon aft winning her location expansive slam nan Australian Open.

Barty had held nan world No 1 ranking for 116 weeks astatine nan clip of her bombshell announcement, leaving nan tennis world successful shock. 

Since stepping distant from nan sport, Barty welcomed backmost Hayden successful July 2023 pinch her husband, Garry Kissick, and has besides written books and played successful play tournaments nan world over.

And now it has been revealed that Barty will beryllium portion of nan BBC's commentary squad for nan prestigious slam successful SW19, contempt initially claiming she had nary liking successful being a tennis pundit.  

Ash Barty will return to Wimbledon this summertime arsenic a pundit

The retired prima antecedently vowed ne'er to activity connected tennis commentary

'A big of Wimbledon champions will beryllium joining nan studio,' said nan BBC's contented boss, Charlotte Moore. 

'This will see John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and Pat Cash, alongside Tim Henman, Tracey Austin, Annabel Croft and Johanna Konta.

'Joining nan line-up this twelvemonth will beryllium 2021 champion Ashleigh Barty and, if he's not playing, 2022 Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios, truthful thing could hap there.'

In November 2022, Barty was asked whether she would ever spell successful nan commentary box.  

'No, never,' she replied.

Barty retired successful 2022 astatine nan property of conscionable 25 and has shown nary liking successful a comeback

Despite being successful and astir tennis this summer, Barty remains uninterested successful returning to nan master circuit.

'I don't person nan clip – I don't person nan clip to train, I don't person nan clip to prepare, and I person truthful galore awesome memories retired connected this tribunal and now I conscionable get to create caller memories,' she said precocious past year.

'I'm surely not coming retired of retirement.'

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