World number one tennis player Ash Barty wraps 2021 with engagement to Garry Kissick

Fellow tennis stars and athletes from across the world have congratulated Australian world number one tennis player Ash Barty on her engagement.

Australian world number one women’s tennis player Ash Barty has capped off a spectacular year on the court with an engagement to her partner of four years, Garry Kissick.

The 25-year-old announced the exciting news on social media sharing a love-up photo of the pair embracing following Kissick’s proposal on November 15.

“Future husband,” she captioned the snap along with a love heart and ring emoji.

Kissick, 30, also shared some happy photos of the newly-engaged couple, simply writing, “I love you @ashbarty”.

Her post was flooded with congratulatory messages from fans, TV personalities and fellow tennis players.

Former doubles partner Casey Dellacqua said, “Best news EVER, beautiful couple” while Priscilla Hon said, “Omg”.

Sam Stosur, Alicia Molik, Simona Halep, Caroline Garcia , Caroline Wozniacki, Jennifer Brady and Rennae Stubbs also passed on their well wishes.

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Barty met golf player and trainer Kissick in 2016 at Brisbane’s Brookwater Golf Club where he works.

The Wimbledon and French Open champion, who is a keen golfer, was visiting to play a round on the greens when the pair immediately clicked and began dating.

Their relationship did not go public until Barty brought Kissick to the John Newcombe Awards, where she received Australia’s highest tennis honour, and rumours began circling she was off the market.

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Barty and Kissick have only recently spoken more about their relationship with Kissick regularly posting photos while supporting and travelling with Barty at competitions across the world.

He was thrusted into the spotlight this year when his girlfriend at the time defeated Czech’s Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7, 6,3, in the final at Wimbledon.

Barty rushed to the player’s box where the pair were reduced to tears after finally making her childhood dream come true.

The engagement comes after a successful year on the tennis court around the world where she won her dream Wimbledon Grand Slam in London and four other WTA titles, Yarra Valley in Melbourne, Miami, and Stuttgart Opens and the Cincinnati Masters.

The Queenslander also added a bronze doubles medal from the Tokyo Olympics with John Peers to her trophy cabinet.

Barty has not competed for two months, opting to take some time off, after a shock third round exit from the US Open in September and choosing not to take part in the WTA Finals in Mexico where the top eight players in the world battled for glory.

She finished at the top of the rankings for 95 consecutive weeks, making her the the fifth longest women’s player to sit at number one.

The down-to-earth athlete is currently preparing for the Australian Open in mid-January where she is hoping to add a home Slam among her titles.

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