15 October, 2020
Robert Barty visits Emerald for live Q&A
THE sun beat down on Rundle Park tennis courts this Tuesday 13 October as people gathered excitedly to listen to one man.
Robert Barty, Father to tennis superstar, Ash Barty, visited Emerald to do a live Q&A with the community about his involvement in his daughter’s tennis career.
Mr Barty began the afternoon with a few stories about his daughter’s start in the sport, along with the story as to how he began travelling around regional Queensland.
“I grew up in North Queensland and still consider myself a country boy,” Mr Barty began.
“I’ve been doing a lot of chats around Australia about Ash’s story. When COVID hit, I told her how hard it is for kids in regional Queensland to get onto sporting teams. She told me I should do a tour and talk about our story.
“There’s thirty stops on the tour,” Mr Barty said.
He then launched into anecdotes and stories about Ash’s humble beginnings in tennis.
“Ash was always a tomboy. She wanted to play something that had a bat and a ball, so we decided to put her into tennis. That’s how we met Jim Joyce,” Mr Barty said.
“Jim has had an enormous influence on Ash being her first coach. She was 4 turning 5 when she first started.
“Josie and I wanted Jim to have complete control. We never wanted to get involved,” Mr Barty said candidly when referring to himself and his wife, Josie.