Australian tennis champion Ash Barty has no doubt delighted her legion of fans after providing an update regarding her pregnancy, revealing that she is “feeling good” in the lead-up to the big day.
Barty initially announced via social media that she was expecting a child with her husband Garry Kissick on Friday, January 6, sharing a photo of a pair of baby shoes placed next to one of her dogs.
“2023 set to be the best year yet. We are so excited for our new adventure. Origi already the protective big sister,” she wrote.
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Now in a recent interview with Sunrise, the former World No. 1 has offered further details about the “exciting times coming up”.
“It’s been nice to do some really cool things in the lead-up and continue to work and continue to be stimulated,” Barty said.
Those eagerly seeking a clue regarding the gender of Barty’s baby were met with disappointment, as Barty disclosed that she is not privy to the baby’s gender.
Aussie tennis legend Ash Barty sat down with @MarkBeretta for her final TV interview before the arrival of her first child later this year.
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Barty also expressed her gratitude for the incredible support she has received from her family
“Look its different for everyone, but I’ve been very lucky in my family that I have an incredible mum and I have a fantastic mother-in-law,” she said.
“My sisters are both incredible mums so I’ve seen them raise their kids and love spending time with them and their kids… so for me, not much will change in that sense.
“Our relationship will stay really tight knit, so it’s exciting for everyone.”
As with most interviews Barty has given since announcing her retirement, the discussion eventually returned to whether the 27-year-old will ever make a return to the court.
“No … plain and simple … I’m very excited to spend some time with our family,” Barty said.
“Like I said, I’ve had such an amazing career. I have absolutely no regrets … Happy to move onto different things.”
In addition to her exciting pregnancy news, Barty has kept herself busy since hanging up her racquet, Barty claimed victory in a golf tournament at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club earlier in the year and in July married long-time beau Garry Kissick, shocking fans with a photo of the secret ceremony.
Showing no signs of slowing down, Barty later revealed that she was making her mark in the corporate world with her new role with the Australian telecom giant, Optus, as their new “Chief of Inspiration”.
Most recently, Barty took on an ambassador role for Australian Made Week 2023 (15-21 May) in which she helped promote the benefits of seeking out and purchasing products that bear the Australian Made logo.