Ash Barty trades his tennis racket for golf clubs.
Only a week after announcing his first career move since his retirement, Barty will be playing in a world golf championship that will be broadcast throughout Australia.
The tournament is part of the inaugural Idol Series, which takes place in June at Liberty National in New Jersey, USA.
It is a nine-hole team game play exhibition event that will feature some of the biggest names in global sport, including boxing star Sol “Canelo” Alvarez and English striker Harry Kane.
Golf hero Ernie Els will captain the rest of the world, while Fred Caples will lead Team USA.
An avid golfer, Barty returned home comfortably earlier this month by winning the women’s tournament at Brookwater Golf and Country Club on the outskirts of Brisbane.
Omg, Ash Barty is now playing golf, there is literally nothing this woman cannot do 🤩
— elliemarney (@elliemarney) April 19, 2022
The three-time world No. 1 Grand Slam champion finished with four setbacks to finish first in the five women’s competition – and won $ 30 for her efforts.
She will face some slightly higher profile opponents in the Idol series. The couple’s American costumes will include Olympic legend Michael Phelps and NFL star Ben Roslisberger, among others.
Icons Series chief executive Thomas Brookes told the Sydney Morning Herald Barty that he would definitely stick to his guns.
“She did a range drill with one of our future captains, Ian Poulter, at the US Open in September, and she hasn’t played golf for a while. Ian said, ‘As long as there are a few shots and we can ‘see how you’re going’.
“She hits the ball, I don’t know how far. She turned around and said, ‘You got me on the field. Let’s go a little deeper. Can you make me high fade?’ high. And then he said, “Can you give me a low pull? “She made a low draw.
“She has those skills in her locker. With some practice, she can fall into three or four disadvantages. I know she’s really excited to play in New York, and she’s very passionate about bringing the concept is live for Australia. “