Ash Barty has shared that she is set to become a mum this year in a heart-warming announcement of her pregnancy.

The former tennis champion posted on Instagram on Friday night that her and her husband Garry Kissick are excited for their “new adventure” of becoming first-time parents.

With a picture of one of her dogs Origi with a pair of tiny shoes next to her, Barty posted, “2023 set to be the best year yet. We are so excited for our new adventure. Origi already the protective big sister”.

Kissick, a mad Liverpool FC fan shared the news writing, “Little Red, 2023”.


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The couple’s happy news quickly went viral, with the post racking up over 150,000 likes.

Tennis champion Jelena Dokic posted, “Congratulations Ash, so happy for you”.

Nedd Brockmann, the loveable tradie who ran across Australia and raised nearly $2 million, wrote, “Yes ash!!! How exciting!”

Comedian Tanya Hennessy commented, “OMG BEST NEWS!! Cutest baby ever incoming!”

Barty shocked the world in 2022 with news of her retirement from tennis following a huge win at The Australian Open, but still had an impressive year.

She married her long-time partner Garry Kissick, released a series of children’s books, wrote an autobiography, and capped off the year winning the Newcombe Medal as Australia best tennis player and Sport Australia’s The Don Award.

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This article first appeared on Over60.