Palaszczuk thanked tennis ace Ash Barty for her inspirational to world tennis

Ash Barty at today's press conference

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today thanked Queensland tennis ace Ash Barty for her inspirational contribution to world tennis and women’s sport.

“On behalf of all Queenslanders I congratulate Ash Barty on an incredible career and wish her well with whatever she chooses to do next,” the Premier said.

“Ash has been a true champion on and off the court and an exceptional role model who has done us all proud.

“From Ipswich and the western suburbs of Brisbane all the way to the world stage, we thank her for inspiring us all to be our best.

“While Ash doesn’t want a statue, we are working on a way that will pay tribute to her and her career and perhaps give future generations the opportunity to follow in her footsteps.”

Queensland Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Ash Barty is a once-in-a-generation tennis great who has encouraged countless young Queensland and Australian women to strive to be their best in the sport of their choice.

“As the current world number one, Ash has demonstrated exactly what Queenslanders can achieve whether it’s on a community court or the world stage,” he said.

“From the Australian Open to Wimbledon and the French Open, Ash Barty from Ipswich retires at the top of her game.

“Like many Queenslanders, I’m shocked and surprised by the world number one’s decision to bow out of professional tennis.

“Ash Barty’s centre court conquests always left spectators on the edge of seats and in awe of her superior talent.

“Only Ash knows what comes next in her glorious career, but there will always be a role for her as a tremendous motivator for Queensland’s next generation of sporting greats in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Thank you for being a great ambassador for Queensland and Australian sport.

“Congratulations on a stellar grand slam career.”

Premier and Minister for the Olympics
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

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