Partner’s touching message to Barty
Ash Barty's partner Garry Kissick has shared a heartfelt message after the Australian's stunning French Open triumph on Sunday (AEST).
The pair have been together for nearly two years, attending the John Newcombe Awards together in 2017.
"Amazing! The puppies and I are so proud of you baby! Many more to come," Kissick said in an Instagram post after the 22-year-old's straight-sets victory over Markéta Vondrousova.
Kissick, a keen golfer, often posts photographs of Barty, including this cute message when she celebrated her 23rd birthday.
"A big happy birthday to the best person I've ever met!" he wrote. "Some say you have a mean slice, just wait till they see your dab. I love you @ashbar96, thank you for all of the joy you have brought into my life. I hope you have another amazing year and I can't wait to see what the future holds for us and the puppies."
He also acknowledged her defeat in the final of the Sydney International in January by writing "no matter the result, amazing week baby" before being snapped cheering her on at the Australian Open, where she made the quarter-finals.
Barty shared a photo of them together late last year wishing her beau a happy birthday.
"Wishing the happiest of birthdays to this handsome boy. Thank you for being your cheeky and caring self every single day," she said.
Barty etched her name in the record books in Paris with her 6-1 6-3 win over unseeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova in just and hourand 10 minutes.
She became the fourth Australian after Margaret Court, Lesley Bowrey and Evonne Goologong Cawley to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in a tournament where she had never progressed past the second round in her five previous visits.
In typical Aussie fashion, the Queenslander spent the rest of the afternoon drinking beers with her team in the players' restaurant.
"They taste better this time.
"This is just incredible. I never dreamt that I'd be sitting here with this trophy here at the French Open. I mean, obviously we have dreams and goals as children, but this is incredible."
Barty and her team whiled away time before the final with an impromptu game of cricket in the gym area underneath Court Philippe Chatrier but the 23-year-old insists despite her enjoyment of the game, tennis will always remain her first love.
"I never closed any doors or said: 'I'm never playing tennis again' she said. "For me, I needed time to step away, to live a normal life, because thistennis life certainly isn't normal.
"I think I needed time to grow as a person, to mature and I left all of my options open.
"I think it was just a natural progression for me coming back to tennis. "Tennis will always be a big part of my life. I missed the competition."
Barty's coach Craig Tyzzer believes Barty would not have been able to have compete again at the highest level had she not walked away when she did.
"It was the best thing she ever did: stepping away from the sport," Tyzzer said.
"She wanted to reassess her life. For someone to be able to step back in and play at the level she has after three years out is pretty amazing."
- with AAP