Ashleigh Barty revealed to News Corp why she is incorporating spontaneous cricket matches into her Wimbledon warm ups. EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

News Corp Australia photographed Barty, her coach Craig Tyzzer and boyfriend Garry Kissick playing cricket with a foam roller and a reaction ball during a practice session.

Ash Barty warms up at Wimbledon while her support team plays cricket. Picture: Ella Pellegrini
Ash Barty warms up at Wimbledon while her support team plays cricket. Picture: Ella Pellegrini

Barty said that the cricket matches were part of her routine, and it became even more organised at the Birmingham tournament she won in the lead up to Wimbledon.

Ashleigh Barty’s coach Craig Tyzzer, boyfriend Garry Kissick, Ben Mathias and strengthening and conditioning coach Mark Taylor play cricket. Picture: Ella Pellegrini
Ashleigh Barty’s coach Craig Tyzzer, boyfriend Garry Kissick, Ben Mathias and strengthening and conditioning coach Mark Taylor play cricket. Picture: Ella Pellegrini

"In Birmingham it was perfect, we had three indoor courts," she said.

"We used a single stick and it was a little bit better, more challenging, we taped up a tennis ball so it was swinging around a bit."

Ash Barty warms up while her support team plays cricket. Picture: Ella Pellegrini
Ash Barty warms up while her support team plays cricket. Picture: Ella Pellegrini

She said that they switched balls from a half taped tennis ball to "just one with a seam so it was heavier on one side.

Ash Barty reveals that the cricket matches are part of her Wimbledon Championship 2019 warm-up routine. Picture: Ella Pellegrini
Ash Barty reveals that the cricket matches are part of her Wimbledon Championship 2019 warm-up routine. Picture: Ella Pellegrini

But Barty and the team were more subdued at Wimbledon.

"But I didn't think that was appropriate when there were 40 other players around," she said.

"I don't care if we hurt anyone in our team, but I don't want to hurt anyone else."


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