Aussie tennis legend Ash Barty missed the opportunity to win the New Zealand Pro-Am Championship. She missed the weekend cut by just two shots in her bid. Now she will have to wait further to another trophy to the cabinet.

the three-time grand slam winner made it clear that golf remains a “hobby” for her. Now she has no intention to take up the sport professionally. She just wanted to enjoy the game and that’s why she participated in the team’s event at the Millbrook Resort in Queenstown. However, her score wasn’t enough to make the top 40.

Barty retired from tennis after winning the 2022 Australian Open. She’d been asked about a return, and she said about her return, “And the answer is no to both.” She also said, “I love playing as a hobby and it’s lovely to get outside for 18, go for a walk, and enjoy it.”

Now Barty can spend the weekend watching the second round of Australian cricket great Ricky Ponting with playing partner Marcus Fraser. Fraser was a great 2016 Olympian. He said, “It’s been a long time for me to put one good round together, let alone two.” He also mentioned, “There are always some nerves, especially with the way I’ve struggled since I’ve started playing again. Then he continued, “It’s been a battle, but you never lose your appetite for the game and for improving and trying to get better. He added, “I’m just trying to stay as positive as I possibly can.”

Previously the three-time grand slam champion Ash Barty expressed in an interview, “Probably what I miss the most is the thrill of the fight with Tyzz, sitting down together and working out a way to completely unravel our opponent,” She also added, “That’s what I loved the most, the tactical side of the game and being able to make your opponent feel very uncomfortable and do that with my skills and my weapons. I do miss spending time with … all of my team. But our relationship hasn’t changed. The contact is just not as frequent and not as high-octane, I will say. But the team footy tipping account is still alive and well, so the banter is still flying.” 

She decided to step away from professional tennis and traveled extensively across Australia and internationally.