An ambassador for indigenous tennis
With Aborigine blood from her father, Robert, who is from the Ngarigo community of indigenous people, Ashleigh Barty is passionate about defending their cause and even became an ambassador for indigenous tennis in Australia in 2018. According to Tennis Australia, her mission is to scout out potential tennis champions among the country’s indigenous populations.
"We need to let children know that it’s a career opportunity,” she says, proudly asserting her origins. One of her great idols, Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, is from an Australian Aboriginal family, and she won seven Grand Slam singles titles, including one at Roland Garros in 1971.