Ash Barty’s father had a pretty good idea when his daughter had made the decision to return to tennis after nearly two years playing professional cricket.
“One day I came home and found about four boxes of new tennis balls at the front door,” Rob Barty told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio on Wednesday. “It was Ash deciding she was going back to play tennis and away she went.”
Barty’s comeback culminated Saturday with a French Open title, her first Grand Slam singles championship, after beating Marketa Vondrousová in straight sets.
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