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Former Wimbledon Champion Ashleigh Barty Set for 2024 Return

Former world number one, Ashleigh Barty, is set to return to Wimbledon next month for the first time since her 2021 victory. The Australian star retired after clinching the 2022 Australian Open, breaking a 44-year drought for the nation in the singles category, and did not return to defend her title.

However, the All England Club has confirmed that the 28-year-old will participate in the invitational doubles at this year's tournament, which begins on 1st July. Announcing the news on Instagram, the Wimbledon club stated: “Reunited with the Wimbledon grass. Delighted to have our 2021 singles champion Ash Barty returning for this year’s Invitation Doubles.”

Barty, who welcomed her son Hayden in July 2023, will also join fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios in providing analysis and commentary for BBC Sport during the championship.

In 2023, former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, who retired in 2020, reached the final of the invitational doubles at Wimbledon before returning to the WTA Tour.

Wimbledon Tennis

This marks Barty's first appearance on a major tennis court since her retirement at the age of 25, when she held both the Wimbledon and Australian Open Grand Slam titles. In the 2021 Wimbledon final, Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova, becoming the second Indigenous Australian to win the prestigious trophy.

Since retiring, Barty has participated in golf tournaments but has not returned to professional sport. During a previous break from tennis in 2015-2016, she played for Brisbane Heat in the Women's Big Bash League in Australia, despite having no prior competitive cricket experience.

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