Retired Barty to start a new chapter with a series of children’s books

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April 10 (Reuters) – After retiring from professional tennis, former world number one Ash Barty is set to open a new chapter in her life with the release of a series of children’s books later this year.

The Australian, who called it quits on her tennis career at the age of 25 last month, told NewsCorp she will publish a series of six ‘Little Ash’ books, with many stories based about his real life experiences and his family.

The book will be published by HarperCollins and will begin printing in July.

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“This project has been so much fun and something I’ve always wanted to do,” Barty said on Sunday.

“Lucy was my North Star,” Barty said, referring to her five-year-old niece. “She’s the perfect age to understand stories and plots and read chapters.

“I love that she tells me what she thinks, what she feels and how she feels when she reads a book.

“Being able to read it to him will be great and going all the way to readings for kids in rural areas is something I want to get really hands-on with.”

A second book project, a memoir about Barty’s life and athletic journey, will be published by the same publisher in November.

“At 25, it’s not super regular for something like this to happen, but it’s a very exciting project,” Barty said.

“Looking back and talking about it has brought me so much joy, heartbreak and pain, but I think it will be a really good read.”

The three-time Grand Slam champion said she has no regrets about her decision to retire.

“I’m so happy – I didn’t need any reassurance, but I still felt this reassurance that I had made the right decision,” she said.

“I’ve spent so much time with my beautiful family and my nieces and nephew and you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face for the past few weeks. It’s been awesome.”

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Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Michael Perry

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