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Ashleigh Barty’s Retirement May Have Inadvertently Cost Tennis Australia Millions- Report

Former world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty’s determination to retire from skilled tennis final month on the peak of her profession has reportedly price Tennis Australia (TA) hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in telecast cash, which it was planning to earn driving on the recognition of the three-time Grand Slam winner.


Barty had the tennis world and her legion of followers in a state of shock final month after the Australian introduced her retirement one month shy of her twenty sixth birthday.

Barty received the French Open in 2019, the Wimbledon in 2021 and the Australian Open earlier this yr, and her reign of 114 consecutive weeks at No.1 is the fourth-longest streak within the historical past of the WTA Tour, behind Germany’s Steffi Graf (186 weeks), American stalwart Serena Williams (186) and Czechoslovakian-American nice Martina Navratilova (156). Barty’s 121 complete weeks because the top-ranked participant are No.7 on the all-time record.

A report in on Saturday claimed that TA was planning to money in on Barty’s reputation, “probably an unprecedented TV rights deal value as much as AUD500 million over 5 years for the Aussie summer time of tennis”.

The report stated that Channel 9’s rankings had soared on the again of Barty successful the 2022 Australian Open title and Spanish stalwart Rafael Nadal clinching his twenty first main to interrupt the tie with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Barty’s Australian Open remaining towards Danielle Collins of the US was reportedly the most-watched girls’s remaining for the reason that present TV ranking system started, in keeping with the report.

TA have been reportedly a monetary bonanza, what with Channel 7 too “” in successful again the rights from Channel 9.

The report stated that presently, the Australian Open rights are value AUD60m yearly (AUD300m throughout 5 years), however ‘The Australian’ had reported in February that determine would go upward when the subsequent deal commences from 2025 due to the excessive rankings in 2022 and Barty’s exploits on the tennis courts.

However this is probably not the case now with Barty calling it a day, the report said.

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