In one recent maintenance with Tennis365Rennae Stubbs has claimed she “wouldn’t be surprised” if Ashleigh Barty was seen playing professional golf at an LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) event.

Rennae Stubbs also hinted that there is a good chance the three-time Grand Slam winner will even choose Aussie Rules football as her next career option and find a place in one of the AFLW (Australian Football League for Women).

“Don’t be surprised if we see her walking down the fairway of an LPGA event. We know she can play cricket, we know she’s basically a beginner golfer…she can play soccer and probably can walk for an AFLW team,” Stubbs said.

Barty hung up his tennis rackets on Wednesday, shocking everyone in tennis. She said goodbye to the sport at just 25, that too, when she was at the top of the WTA rankings.

After retiring at such a young age, Stubbs revealed a variety of options in which Barty can pursue a career. Bearing in mind her previous stint in cricket, when she also played for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League, Stubbs said Barty can try her luck in other sports including golf and football.

Did you know? In 2015 Ashleigh Barty played for the Brisbane Heat in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League 🏏Today she will play in the 2021 Wimbledon final against Karolina Plíšková 🎾 #Wimbledon https://t.co/e7XRTQHizL

However, keeping the fun part aside, Stubbs also revealed that Barty has a few things on her list that she “wants to achieve” after she retires and the 50-year-old thinks she can easily accomplish those things since she is both “young and intelligent.”

“I think she has a few things up her sleeve that she wants to achieve. And she’s pretty young and pretty smart [to make the change]“, added the former world No. 1 in doubles.

‘She would be an absolute star to play in the AFL’ – Richmond Tigers manager Damien Hardwick on Ashleigh Barty

Damien Hardwick in training
Damien Hardwick in training

Barty is a huge fan of Australian football team Richmond Tigers. In a separate interview, team coach Damien Hardwick said it would be “good to see Barty play” in the AFL and believes she would be an “absolute star” in the league.

He further pointed out that he would like to see her play for the Richmond Tigers, and the fans of the team would appreciate the same as well.

“It would be nice to see her play because she’s just whatever she does she does it really well so I guess from my perspective she would be an absolute star to play in the AFL . I would love to see her in Tiger colors, and I’m sure the Richmond faithful would too,” Hardwick said.

Iga Swiatek or Paula Badosa are set to become the new world No.1 following Ashleigh Barty’s retirement from the sport.

Also read: ‘You never say never, but it’s way off at this point’ – Ashleigh Barty on possibly making another return to tennis or other sports


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