Ash Barty signed to play at an international golf exhibition just weeks after retiring from tennis while being ranked No. 1 in the world.
The 25-year-old Australian was included in Ernie Els’ Rest of the World team for the Icons Series event at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, the June 30 and July 1.
Barty decided to quit tennis last month. She won the Australian Open in January for her third Grand Slam singles championship after titles at Wimbledon last year and the French Open in 2019.
She is said to have lowered her golf handicap to 4 and is pursuing an all-around approach to the sport, which notably led her to briefly pursue a professional cricket career in 2015 during a nearly two-year sabbatical from tennis.
Guardiola, Oscar De La Hoya and Ben Roethlisberger
Icon Series organizers said Barty will be joined by the likes of Pep Guardiola and Harry Kane in the 10-hole tag team match play competition against Team USA‘s Fred Couples, which includes Michael Phelps, Oscar De La Hoya and Ben Roethlisberger.
Barty, who is engaged to Garry Kissick, a trainee golf professional in Australia, recently won the women’s competition at her home club of Brookwater, near Brisbane.
Karrie Webbwho has 41 LPGA Tour wins, played a game with Barty in 2019 and said the tennis star has the talent to play golf at a high level.
“I could say that if she puts in the time, she’ll be a great player,” Webb told the Australian Associated Press.