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Ngarigo tennis star Ash Barty has finally sat down with her laptop this afternoon to begin catching up on some life admin, following her ascension to the world number one ranking in womens tennis overnight.
While taking a break from her 12-match-hot-streak across clay and grass, Barty has decided now is as good as ever time to begin sorting through a backlog of invitations from various Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander community groups.
Barty became the first Australian woman to reach the top of the rankings since seven-times grand slam champion Goolagong Cawley reached the sport’s top spot for two weeks in 1976. Reaffirming the theory that tennis in Australia belongs solely to Koori women and Eastern European boys.
On Sunday, the 23-year-old added the Birmingham Classic to the French Open title she won earlier this month by beating Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-3, 7-5 for her 11th successive victory.
Now with a brief lull before Wimbledon, Barty is now tasked with responding to 50,000 invitations to NAIDOC events around the country.
“I’ll definitely be down at the Ipswich event” she told NITV reporters today.
“Just not sure if I’m gonna be able to make it to Walgett, Kalgoorlie, Fitzroy, Cooktown, Redfern, Shepparton, Tiwi Islands, Cherbourg, Coffs Harbour, Townsville and Nowra…”
“Not unless they bring back the Concorde”
“That’s just the first page of my email inbox”