Australia’s highly promising tennis player Ashleigh Barty will be making her Wimbledon debut this weekend. BBC Sport caught up with her on Thursday as she gets ready for her opening match on Centre Court.
“My parents brought me up with four tennis-playing brothers so I never had a chance to just focus on one sport or lack of that.
“Tennis is what I’ve always loved and it’s been my passion and my thing for so long.”
After an incredible run at the US Open in September, Barty has been given her biggest chance to date of winning an Grand Slam title at Wimbledon
“I’ve always been an overachiever at everything, so I’m really fortunate to have had the support from my family and the people around me throughout my career. I’ve tried to follow in their footsteps, but I don’t think it would have been possible with the way we’ve been brought up.
“I’m about as close to an authentic person as I can be, so I think it’s important to do things that are authentic to who I am. I wouldn’t want to change anything.
“I’ve tried to embrace the different things that have gone on in my life. I’ve never been the best dancer so I do a lot of dancing at the gym and on the tennis court.
“I’ve done sport every day for as long as I can remember and I’ve always been obsessed with sports so it’s really rare for me to have time to do something else and that’s okay.
“I’ll spend more time doing things I’m passionate about. It’s all been very natural, I’ve just been given opportunity after opportunity because of what I do.”