Ex-tennis player Ashleigh Barty moves to a small white ball

The young retiree from the courts will be part of a team of athletes led by Ernie Els during a series of exhibition performances against the American team.

Former world No. 1 Ash Barty has sparked retirement rumors after taking an early retirement from the Women’s World Tour. Indeed, the Australian has announced she will dedicate herself to golf by registering for a series of exhibition tournaments featuring 23 other sporting celebrities.

Captain Els and couples

Barty, who retired at the age of 25 last month, will play on a Rest of the World team led by South African Ernie Els against a United States team led by another big tournament winner, Fred Paras.

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The first Icons Series event will take place on June 30 and July 1 at Liberty National Field near New York, New Jersey. Other tournaments are planned for Europe, Asia and Barty’s native Australia.

Other athletes participating in these exhibition tournaments include soccer players Pep Guardiola and Harry Kane, multiple Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps, boxers Canelo Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya, and American soccer player Ben Roethlisberger.

Ashleigh Barty, who has won three Grand Slams in her tennis career, plays with a 4 handicap at her Queensland golf club and is engaged to Harry Kissick, a young professional golf coach. She recently won the women’s tournament at her regional club in Brookwater, near Brisbane. During a two-year sabbatical in 2015, she briefly began her career as a professional cricketer.

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Golf Hall of Famer Carrie Webb said last month that Barty has the talent to one day become an Australian amateur golf champion. Among his other projects this year, Barty is set to publish a series of children’s books called Little Ashes.

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