Ashleigh Barty to play with Harry Kane and Pep Guardiola in golf exhibition series

The Australian is set to play in the rest of world team and it will also including boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya and swimming superstar Michael Phelps.

Ash Barty will return to sport but instead of a racket, it will be a club as she participates in the celebrity Icons Series event in the United States this summer.

The 25-year-old made a shock announcement that she was retiring from tennis last month having won the Australian Open in January. Barty admitted she no longer had the motivation to continue playing.

The event at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey on June 30 and July 1 will pit teams representing the USA and the rest of the world against each other in a 10-hole team match-play format.

Pep Guardiola and Harry Kane from the football world will join her on the rest of the world team while former six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya and swimming superstar Michael Phelps will also feature.

Barty said in the Sydney Morning Herald: "I'm excited to be part of the Icons Series and I hope through my participation in the series that we can encourage more women and girls to participate in golf around the world.

"It's such a unique opportunity to have fun, test yourself and compete against the world's greatest athletes in a sport that we are all so passionate about."

Ashleigh Barty of Australia poses with the champions trophy after winning against Danielle Collins of United States the final of the 2022 Australian Open, Grand Slam tennis tournament on January 29, 2022 at Melbourne Park

Barty is a talented all-round sportswoman and has twice won the ladies' championship at the Brookwater golf club in Queensland, where her fiance Garry Kissick is a trainee professional.

She famously turned her hand to professional cricket during her first hiatus from tennis as a teenager, playing in the inaugural season of the Women's Big Bash League for the Brisbane Heat.

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