Retired Australian Open champion Ash Barty is returning to Melbourne Park for this 12 months’s occasion to mentor native hope Olivia Gadecki, who acquired a wildcard for the season’s first Grand Slam.
Former world primary Barty known as time on her profession final March, shortly after ending her nation’s 44-year watch for a home champion at the Australian Open.
World quantity 202 Gadecki stated on the United Cup in Sydney that Barty could be in her camp at Melbourne Park for the January 16-29 match.
“I’ve been actually lucky to at all times be capable of contact her if I’ve any questions or if I would like recommendation, she has at all times been there for me,” Gadecki instructed the Australian Related Press.
“The most effective half is she simply treats me like a traditional individual and we will relate in that regard and off court docket is simply as vital as on court docket.”
The 20-year-old will start her Australian Open preparations at subsequent week’s Hobart Worldwide.