WATCH: The Break: Ash Barty takes home AUD $30 in golf tourney win


Ashleigh Barty shocked the world when she announced her retirement from the sport, ranked world No. 1 and fresh off a Grand Slam victory on home soil at the Australian Open. But it seems like even after hanging up her racquets, the 25-year-old’s competitive spirit is still strong as ever.

The Aussie confirmed she’s now gearing up to take on the world of golf, adding her name alongside the likes of Harry Kane and Michael Phelps in the Icons Series exhibition tournament.

"It's such a unique opportunity to have fun, test yourself and compete," Barty told the Sydney Morning Herald. "I hope through my participation in the series that we can encourage more women and girls to participate in golf around the world."

Speculation has been rampant in Australian press about what the three-time Grand Slam winner will do next, with many pointing to golf as Barty’s next possible venture. She has already experienced success in professional cricket in addition to a Hall of Fame-worthy tennis career—but the Aussie surprised once again when she revealed plans to release a series of children’s books.

But her golf game is not too shabby either. Since retirement, Barty has already won a ladies golf tournament in Queensland—taking home a whopping $22 (AUD $30) in prize money—all while carrying a zero handicap. In fact, the Icons Series website lists her handicap as 4, currently the second-lowest out of any of the participating athletes.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and Tottenham ace Kane are among the sporting ‘icons’ also involved, as well as retired greats like swimmer Phelps, football player Ben Roethlisberger and boxer Oscar De La Hoya.

The Icons Series offers a blend of competition and entertainment in a USA vs. Rest of the World format. Each course will feature only 10 holes, and competitions are set to be staged across global destinations including the United States and Australia.