Andy Murray and Ash Barty pay tribute to each other
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Ash Barty’s coach has revealed that she has been feeling homesick despite her winning ways on the tour. The world No 1 has been unable to return home to Australia during her runs to titles in Wimbledon and Cincinnati over the last five months. Despite missing home, Barty’s coach Craig Tyzzer revealed her big goals for the upcoming US Open.
Barty comes into the US Open as the heavy favourite as the top seed, having recently captured the WTA 1000 title in Cincinnati.
She could also win a second successive Grand Slam in Flushing Meadows and her third overall, after claiming victory at Wimbledon last month.
Although the Aussie has pulled together an impressive series of wins in recent months, her coach has revealed that Barty has been feeling homesick after five months away from home, as she is unable to go back with Australia’s strict hotel quarantine rules.
“It hasn’t been easy. It’s certainly been really tough to be away for that long and continue to keep playing and be fresh,” Craig Tyzzer told Reuters.
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He continued: “We’ve been trying to do our best to get all those things right. Sometimes we have, sometimes we haven’t.
“But she’s been really consistent just in her ability to play and front up for all the matches. She should be really proud of what she’s done so far this year.”
The world No 1 still has her sights set on multiple goals, keeping her motivated to continue travelling on tour, including holding on to the top spot in the ranking.
Barty currently holds 10,185 ranking points, putting her far ahead of world No 2 Aryna Sabalenka on 7,010 and world No 3 Naomi Osaka on 6,666, with the Japanese star about to defend 2,000 of those points at the US Open.
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Despite her heavy lead, Tyzzer says the two-time Grand Slam champion is keen to keep things that way.
“Obviously she’d like to hang onto the number one spot and keep pushing to hold onto it as long as she can,” he said.
“We’ve got a Grand Slam around the corner so there’s another goal for her.”
With the second and third seeds, Sabalenka and Osaka, in the opposite half of the draw to Barty, she’s also got her sights on a clash with the defending champion in the final.
Her coach added: “As matchups go, she loves those sort of challenges and loves competing against the best players out there.
“Hopefully something like that works out here.”
25-year-old Barty skipped the US Open last year, and all other post-pandemic events in 2020, to stay home in Australia during the uncertain period.
It wasn’t the first time the 13-time title winner took a prolonged period of time off the tour – Barty previously took a year out of tennis as an 18-year-old and took up professional cricket instead.
Tyzzer explained that a long break wasn’t part of their future plans anymore, saying: “She loves being at home, loves her family and the lifestyle of Australia. I don’t think it’s a great formula to have her off for too long. When she’s playing a lot of tennis, she’s at her best.”
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