One for dropping bombshell announcements, over the weekend retired tennis legend Ash Barty announced her marriage to long-time beau Garry Kissick, shocking fans with a photo of the secret ceremony.
Whilst details of the nuptials are yet to be released, the pair married at a secret location in Queensland in a private ceremony involving close friends and family.
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The former world No. 1 took to social media to announce the news with the tennis community flooding her post with congratulations.
All these players congratulating Ash Barty on her wedding ???? so cute pic.twitter.com/Bk3miApkDK
— Rush ???? (@drivevolleys) July 30, 2022
Fans of the Australian athlete joined in the celebrations, saying the pair looked “amazing” for their day.
Ash. You and your husband look just amazing. Love the happiness!! May you enjoy each other over your lifetime together. Much love!! ❤️❤️❤️
— Spa at Traditions (@SpaAtTraditions) July 31, 2022
Beautiful portrait, beautiful couple. Congratulations to the Newlyweds!!
— Center Court Min (@centercourtmin) July 31, 2022
Oh yes! You’ve Tied The Knot! Many Many Congratulations! Much Love ???? and Happiness for the Foreseeable Future ???? To You Both
— Judy Horrocks (@HorrocksJudy) July 31, 2022
Congratulations to @ashbarty , May God Bless u both, have a happy married life☺
— CleviiC (@cleviic) July 31, 2022
Barty recently dashed the hopes of fans praying for her return to professional sport, saying she has no intentions of ever returning.
Speaking on 101.9 The Fox Melbourne’s Fif, Fev and Nick, Barty was quick to dash the hopes of fans eagerly awaiting her next move when she was questioned by AFL star Brendan Fevola on what’s next for her in sport.
“You guys just can’t accept that I don’t want to play professional sport anymore,” the 25-year-old retiree joked.
“I love golf, it’s a hobby of mine. It will not be my profession, I have no intention of making it my profession but I hack around once a week if I can — and I play off four.
“There’s no need, there’s no desire for me to play professional sport, particularly golf. I love it as a walkaround with my girlfriends and friends but yeah, not for me.”
The Aussie icon’s retirement in March 2022, sent shockwaves through the tennis community, with many hoping she would try her hand at golf.
Instead, Barty has turned her focus on publishing a children’s six-book series called Little Ash, a story about “school, sport, friendship and family”.