18-year-old Australian Barty to take tennis break
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian teenager and former Wimbledon junior champion Ashleigh Barty says she is taking a break from tennis.
The 18-year-old Barty says she needs to take time out and offered no timetable for a return or a reason for the layoff.
Despite reaching three Grand Slam doubles finals last year with Casey Dellacqua, Barty has had difficulty in singles — her ranking peaked at No. 129 in September 2013, but she’s currently 216th.
Barty, coached by former Australian player Jason Stoltenberg, says “obviously this has been a very difficult decision ... but after a lot of thought, we feel this is the right decision.”
She received eight wild-card entries into Grand Slam singles events before qualifying for this year’s U.S. Open, where she lost in the first round.