Ashleigh Barty warms up for her matches with an Aussie rules football. The 23-year-old from Australia can play cricket and golf and unwinds by going fishing. No wonder she was able to adapt to the strong wind on clay, a surface that had not previously suited her, to win the French Open 23 days ago. At times, Roland Garros felt like it was hosting a new sport, so aggressive was the swirling breeze, and Barty is, quite simply, good at sport.

She is not keen, though, on being portrayed as someone who takes her tennis lightly. There was a romantic notion as she won her first grand-slam title that this was a woman who had given up the sport to play cricket at a high…

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