During lockdown, Barty spent quality time with her family, her partner, Garry Kissick, a trainee professional golfer, and their dogs at home in Queensland. She also managed to improve her golf handicap from 10 to five.
“I try and get out a couple [of times a week] if I can,’ Barty told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in May 2020. “It has kept me focused.”
Barty, whose sister Sara is a midwife and whose mother Josie works in radiology, also teamed up with former major winner and fellow Queenslander Pat Rafter to play helipad tennis at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital as a special thank you for frontline workers. She also visited the hospital’s Covid-19 ward.
Although Barty was sad not to be able to defend her title on the clay courts of Roland-Garros, the enforced break allowed her to gain new insights. ‘It was a little bit weird being at home,’ she said, ‘but in a way it was refreshing to be forced to put rackets down. For me it was nice to have that perspective where no one was in any rush. It was out of our control. We really had to take stock for a minute.’
WORDS BY DANIELLE ROSSINGH