Who is Ash Barty?
Ashleigh “Ash” Barty is an Australian athlete. She used to play cricket but is now known worldwide as one of the best female tennis players in the game.
Her biggest career highlights include an early win at the 2011 Wimbledon tournament where she won the girls’ singles title at the age of 15, an appearance at the 2014 Australian Open finals which made her the youngest Grand Slam finalist in a decade, and her first WTA title in 2017 which launched her into the top 17.
But one of her biggest career achievement to date is her victory at the recent French Open in 2019, where she became the first Australian since 1973 to win the singles tournament. This win also granted her the title of “No. 1 ranked player in the world”, only the second Australian in the WTA singles rankings to do so. In 2021, she cemented that ranking when she won the Wimbledon Ladies' Single Title.
Ash Barty was born on April 24, 1996, making her just 25 years old. She's a proud Ngaragu woman and is currently the National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia.
In 2017, 2018 and 2019, she won the Female Sportsperson of the Year at the National Dreamtime Awards.
Who is Garry Kissick?
Garry Kissick is a 30-year-old golf player and PGA trainee professional at the Brookwater Golf & Country Club in Brisbane.
According to his LinkedIn, he started out at the club almost a decade and a half ago in golf operations but slowly worked his way up the corporate ladder to become the irrigation technician for the greens.
Then, in 2019, he joined the PGA Trainee Program to further his professional golf career.
How long have Ash Barty and Garry Kissick been dating?
As of writing, the happy couple has been going strong for a few years. The pair initially met in 2016 at the Brookwater Golf Club where Kissick works. The tennis player was at the greens to play a round of golf, but little did she know that her life would never be the same again.
Barty and Kissick immediately clicked and began dating. But their relationship didn’t go public until 2017, when Ash brought Garry as her date to the John Newcombe Awards (where she received Australian tennis’ highest honour). One of Ash's first Instagram posts about their relationship was a touristy shot in Singapore in October 2017.
Do Ash and Garry have any pet names for each other?
Ash has referred to Garry as her “cheeky and caring handsome boy”, while Garry affectionately calls the tennis player “baby”.
A person close to the couple also revealed that Ash and Garry are pretty down-to-earth and supportive of each other despite her fame, calling them “the most normal couple you’ll find at that level in tennis.”
Are Ash Barty and Garry Kissick married?
Ash and Garry aren't married yet - but have just confirmed their engagement in a sweet Instagram post on November 23, revealing he popped the question on November 15.
Where do Ash Barty and Garry Kissick live?
Ash travels a lot for her career, so she’s often seen jetting around to other countries. But when she has time between tournaments, she comes back to her hometown in Ipswich. Her boyfriend Garry also lives in Queensland.
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