Ash Barty is first seen with a baby bump while walking her dogs just days after announcing heartwarming pregnancy news
- Barty was showing off when she took her pets for a walk near her home in Brisbane
- She delighted her fans with the pregnancy announcement last Friday
- Her dog Origi was posed wearing a pair of baby shoes in the social media post
Retired tennis great Ash Barty has shown off her baby bump while out for a walk with her dogs just days after wowing sports fans everywhere with the news that she’s expecting her first child with husband Garry Kissick.
The 26-year-old grand slam champion walked her border collie Origi and two of her other pets near her home in Brisbane on Thursday, with a belly blooming following her big announcement last week.
Origi was front and center of the post bringing the news, posing next to a pair of baby shoes accompanied by Barty’s caption, “2023 will be the best year yet.” We are so excited for our new adventure. Origi already the protective big sister.’
Barty showed the telltale sign she’s a mother-to-be when she took her pets for a walk near her Brisbane home on Thursday
The Wimbledon, French and Australian Open champion took Origi out for some exercise after the border collie appeared in the social media post announcing her pregnancy news
It was speculated that Barty made her shocking decision to quit tennis last March because she had a baby on the way, but that turned out to be going too far for months.
The baby news was greeted with joy by her sports friends, including runner Nedd Brockmann and tennis stars Johanna Konta and Priscilla Hon.
The Wimbledon, French Open and Australian Open champion met Kissick in 2016 at Brooklands Golf Club in Queensland during a round on the links, and they’ve been together ever since.
The couple announced their engagement in November 2021 and married last July in a secret, intimate ceremony attended only by their closest loved ones.
Barty has previously spoken about how her home is ‘run by dogs’, discussing why she was pushed to adopt her pets – whom she calls ‘the wolf pack’ – from the RSPCA
“Origi is already the protective big sister,” Barty wrote in the social media post announcing her heartwarming baby news to the world
Mr. Kissick works at the golf club, with Barty also a talent in the sport.
Despite being one of the best tennis players in the world, Barty offers little insight into her world outside the sport – which she retired from last year at the age of 26.
Known for being notoriously private about her personal life and relationship, she opened up about Kissick in an interview with Vogue.
“He’s been extremely patient with me and when we met he didn’t know much about tennis,” she said.
“He’s kind of thrown in at the deep end to understand what the tour is like and how much we’re apart… bring the fun and laughter.
The tennis great and husband Garry Kissick (pictured together at the Newcombe Medal ceremony in Melbourne last month) married last July
“I certainly wouldn’t want to share this journey with anyone else.”
Mr. Kissick had been by Barty’s side throughout her tennis career and was one of the first people she hugged after winning Wimbledon in 2021.
She has spoken out about her love of adopting dogs, with her and Kissick calling their pets “the wolf pack.”
“Our house is run by dogs,” she told Sports Illustrated in 2021.
“Garry got Origi, a border collie, last year. She is beautiful. Maxi and Rudy live around the corner from my father and mother. Coming home and cuddling my dogs on the couch is one of the nicest things for me.
‘The RSPCA Queensland shelter is not far from my home, and when I first got there I knew I wanted to help. Seeing someone mistreat animals is very hard for me to bear.’