Barty then decided that she wanted to give tennis another crack, so she returned to the circuit in 2017.
Since then, she has made the final of the French Open Doubles in 2017, won the US Open Doubles in 2018 and made the quarters of the Australian Open this year, and last week climbed into the top 10 ranking for the first time in her career.
In fact, this weekend past, she had a major breakthrough with a win in the Miami Open, bagging US $1.35 million in the process.
That’s quite a CV when you realise that Ash Barty is still only 22 years old.
Some of our male players carry on like absolute pork chops, even bigger pork chops than my two- year-old grand daughter when she chucks a tantrum.
But Barty took time out when she lost her love of the game and has come back bigger and better than ever.
Well done Ash Barty!
Here’s hoping I get the chance to write about your climb into the top 5, or even to Number 1 in the years ahead.
It would be even better if my wife and I are holidaying in some other exotic location when that happens — maybe Norway?
And remember, there’s no such thing as too much sport!