Words of wisdom from the rising star of Australian (and indeed world) tennis scene, Ashleigh Barty.
Did you know that Ash Barty was just 21 when she became the highest ranked Australian player? Add to her CV the fact that she already has seven Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles titles and ten WTA doubles titles under her belt, there's little doubt she's our brightest rising star. We can't wait to see what she does at the 2020 Australian Open.
Apart from considerable her success on the tennis court, her behaviour off the court has earnt her just as much admiration from fans; openly sharing her mental health battles, being named a National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador, and now campaigning for greater sun safety awareness through her partnership with Banana Boat.
We recently had the opportunity to quiz Ash on the all things motivation, sun safety and her tennis pro tips for attending the upcoming Australian Open.
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Where do you find the motivation to stay on top of your game?
It’s all about balance and finding a way to enjoy what you are doing, even during the challenging times. Surrounding yourself with positive people who help you stay motivated and remind you of your goals is also important. If I’m not 100% I definitely listen to my body and make sure I’m taking extra care of myself.
One what she'd tell her 13-year old self
Enjoy the journey – the ups, the downs and the in between. And believe in yourself.
On her sunshine-filled childhood and being sun smart
Growing up in Queensland being sun smart is something you learn from a young age. It is sunny nearly all year so getting in the habit of wearing a hat, drinking plenty of water and wearing sunscreen is so important. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve used Banana Boat sunscreen, my parents were always strict with my sisters and I and made sure we had sunscreen on before playing outside…. Knowing when and how to apply sunscreen is also a big factor for me staying sun safe, I’ll put it on 20 minutes before I go out in the sun and I’ll reapply every two hours – often more frequently when I’m training, playing intensely or in quite hot conditions.
On the very real risk of melanoma
I get my skin checked every year. Living in Queensland and with my life on the tennis tour and constantly being in the sun it is very important. It’s so important to know how to stay safe in the sun, especially in Australia. This is one of the reasons I wanted to partner with Banana Boat, to help raise awareness in Australia about being sun smart and that wearing and reapplying sunscreen is important to help keep you protected from the harsh Australian sun.
Skin cancer is something that affects so many Australians and people who are in the sun regularly like me have to be extra careful and aware.
On enjoying the Australian Open like a tennis insider
The Australian Open is an amazing event. There is so much to do as a fan, more than any other Grand Slam. The ground passes are great value and allow fans to go and watch different matches. I would recommend buying a ground pass in week one, watching plenty of tennis, eating at some of Melbourne’s best restaurants on site, and wearing plenty of Banana Boat SPF50+ of course.