Ashleigh Barty announces launch of children's book series

With more time on her side, it appears Ashleigh Barty has been busy as the recently-retired tennis pro announced the release of a series of books for children.

The former World No.1 took to Instagram to reveal she had been working on a project, a series of books for young readers titled "Little Ash". Aimed at kids five years old and up, this move was inspired by the joy Barty experienced when she read to her nieces and nephews.

"I’ve been working on something special that I’m excited to share with you!" wrote the Australian Open champion. "Coming in July, Little Ash is a series of books for young readers aged five and up. Reading to my nieces and nephew is something I love to do, and seeing their little faces light up when we read a book they love is magic.

"With First Nations writer Jasmin McGaughey and illustrator Jade Goodwin, I’ve created Little Ash to be fun and relatable for all kids. Supporting kids’ education is something I’m passionate about and if I can help encourage new readers that will make me very happy."

Although Barty has been quiet on her plans post-retirement, there has been speculation that the 25-year old could begin a new career in golf. The Queensland native is an avid golfer and just won a local tournament in her hometown.

The Little Ash series is available to pre-order at linktr.ee/ashbarty

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