Ashleigh Barty has been named National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador by Tennis Australia in an effort by the sport’s governing body in the country to get more Indigenous youth into tennis.
“I’m a very proud Indigenous woman and I think that for me taking on this role is something very close to my heart. I’m very excited,” the World No.18 said in a media release.
“If we can get more kids playing tennis and more kids enjoying tennis across Australia within the Indigenous communities that would be amazing.”
The announcement was made by Tennis Australia as Barty headed to the Northern Territory for an exclusive tour of the new Darwin International Tennis Center in Marrara, which will host the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival for the first time in September.
“This annual National Indigenous Tennis Carnival will be an amazing event, for not only tennis across Australia but especially Indigenous tennis,” she continued. “To bring all of the kids together to give them an opportunity to showcase what they’re capable of.”