Ash Barty is back in action, this time switching from tennis to golf

Barty is back in action, this time switching from tennis to golf
FILE - Ash Barty of Australia poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at a park, the morning after defeating Danielle Collins of the U.S. in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne on Jan. 30, 2022. In a shock announcement Wednesday, March 23, 2022, No. 1-ranked Barty announced her retirement from tennis. (AP Photo/Mark Baker,File)

Just weeks after retiring from tennis while ranked No. 1 in the world, Ash Barty has signed up to play in an international golf event.

The 25-year-old Australian is part of Ernie Els’ Rest of the World team for the Icons Series event on June 30 and July 1 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Last month, Barty announced his retirement from tennis. She won the Australian Open in January, becoming the third woman to win a Grand Slam singles title after winning Wimbledon last year and the French Open this year.

During a nearly two-year retirement from tennis, she reportedly lowered her golf handicap to 4 and is continuing her diverse approach to sports, which included her briefly pursuing a professional cricket career in 2015.

In the 10-hole team matchplay game against Fred Couples’ US squad, which features Michael Phelps, Oscar De La Hoya, and Ben Roethlisberger, Barty will be joined by the likes of Pep Guardiola and Harry Kane, according to Icon Series organizers.

Barty recently won the women’s competition at her home club Brookwater, near Brisbane, where she is engaged to Garry Kissick, an Australian trainee golf professional.

Karrie Webb, who has 41 wins on the LPGA Tour, played around with Barty in 2019 and said the tennis star had the talent to play golf at a high level.

“I could tell if she puts some time into it she will be a great player,” Webb told the Australian Associated Press.

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