The Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty, 25 years old and currently number one in the WTA ranking, will fulfill her sporting desire to represent her country in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, a competition in which she will seek to maintain her high level and hang a medal.
The Ipswich-born, recent Wimbledon champion and winner of four titles this season, is the top candidate in Japan. However, the 166cm right-hander confessed in an ITF interview that she prioritizes experience over personal success: “I think representing your country is the greatest honor an athlete can have. I can’t wait for that opportunity to wear green and gold to take to the court. Defending your country means playing for more than just you. You play for the pride of a lot of people, it is not even just a matter of results, but of attitude “.
“The feeling of facing the Olympic Games gives me chills, but you have to dare to daydream. Definitely to return with a medal would be a dream come true, but I know that all the players present in the draw, all those who travel to Tokyo, share that same thought “, finished the owner of 12 trophies in the circuit.
The quote has been elusive throughout history for the oceanic island, because in the singles modality only Alicia Molik finished on the podium, in Athens 2004, when she got the bronze medal, while in doubles the pair formed by Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde obtained two medals (gold in Atlanta 1996 and silver in Sydney 2000).