Ash Barty’s childhood tennis coach and mentor reflects on incredible Wimbledon win
Ash Barty’s childhood tennis coach predicts she will win more titles after fulfilling a dream of winning the women’s singles finals at Wimbledon.
An elated Jim Joyce has remained close with Ash after mentoring and coaching the 25-year-old superstar.
He said the win is one of the highlights of his life.
“She walked in, she was just a shade under 5,” he said on Wide World of Sports.
“I thought she was a bit too young … but she was just so switched on. Her focus and concentration just stood out, more so than her hand eye coordination which was also fantastic. I do remember that actually, I really do.”
Asked about her best trait, he was almost lost for words.
“Oh boy, where do you start?
“What wins a lot of matches is her variety, and her tennis intelligence, I call it TI.
“her intelligence on the court. She can re-think, she can reset, she starts with a game plan, she will change it when necessary.
“She is the smartest kid I have ever seen on a tennis court.”
He said she was a role model for Australians.
“I think she is definitely going to win more.
“She would be content winning Wimbledon, I am sure she is got some more gold coming up.”
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She is the first Australian woman to win the title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.
Peter Psaltis says it was an emotional night as she made her history-making win.
He co-coached with Jim when Ash was young.
The Wide World of Sports host reflected on the nail-biting win and those who have helped her along the way.
“It was an emotional night,” he said.
“The emotions spilled over when I thought about those who have helped her along the way.
“Look at the way Ash always handles herself, never a bad word is said about her. That comes down to her magnificent upbringing.”
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