It was an incredible week of tennis at Roland-Garros – the second Grand Slam event of the season – which saw Australia’s Ashleigh Barty emerge as the unlikely champion given her lack of experience on clay courts. Nevertheless, the likable and versatile Aussie captured hearts around the globe… but apparently already had the hearts of her fellow players!
Here’s what Ash’s tennis colleagues had to say about her victory.
Compatriot Nick Kyrgios found this hilarious photoshopped pic of a younger Barty and shared it with Twitter!
Congrats @ashbar96 nothing changed, you were dominating juniors and now winning slams. pic.twitter.com/D6t902DKxs
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) June 8, 2019
Daria Gavrilova made sure not to jinx her close friend throughout the tournament! It really paid off!
Had to really restrain myself from messaging Ash about how excited I am all this week to not jinx her. Happy it's all over now for me😂😂😂 I'm gonna go crazy with the messages and the gifs now!!! Freaking congrats @AshBar96 and the team! Idol 🥰
— Daria Gavrilova (@Daria_gav) June 8, 2019
Barty’s 2019 doubles partner, Victoria Azarenka, kept it short and sweet.
❤️ 🏆 champ pic.twitter.com/NYNd9Hz8HF
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) June 8, 2019
Current World No. 5 Petra Kvitova gave a shout-out to Barty on Twitter, so she thought. She accidentally tagged the wrong account, but quickly corrected herself!
Oooops I mean @ashbar96 🤗🤗❤️❤️
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) June 8, 2019
It seems Barty is an amazing person on and off the court, according to World No. 19 Julia Goerges.
— Jule Goerges✌️🇩🇪 (@juliagoerges) June 8, 2019
2018 Roland-Garros champion Simona Halep was very pleased to see such a great competitor take over the mantle as reigning champion.
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) June 8, 2019
In a heart-warming congratulations, Andrea Petkovic (with that adorable pic!) recounted her third-round loss to the No. 8 seed.
— Andrea Petkovic (@andreapetkovic) June 8, 2019
Semi-final opponent Madison Keys couldn’t agree more with Petkovic’s statement of Barty kicking everyone’s butt!
Ditto on the ass kicking part 😂Congrats @ashbar96! Well done on your first grand slam. So well deserved. https://t.co/SerWkTDc0V
— Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) June 8, 2019
Last year’s Roland-Garros finalist Sloane Stephens wants the now-World No. 2 to enjoy the aftermath of winning a Grand Slam. These types of moments don’t come around every day!
Some amazing tennis this tournament from @ashbar96 – congrats girl you deserve this!! Now go enjoy it! 👏🏾💫 #RG19
— sloanestephens (@SloaneStephens) June 8, 2019
Former tennis player and Ash’s good friend Casey Dellacqua had by far the best heartfelt message for Barty.
To me you are a champion always (especially as a human being 😘) @ashbar96 but now you will forever be a well deserved GRAND SLAM CHAMPION sweetie✨🏆 I am so proud of u & I’ll remain right here as your friend to make sure your head doesn’t get to big 😂👯♀️♥️ #RolandGarros19
— Casey Dellacqua OLY (@caseydellacqua) June 9, 2019
(Photo credit: Roland-Garros/FFT)