“I would love to see as many young boys and girls, Indigenous included, playing tennis. I think it’s a sport you can play for life,” Barty said.
“But it’s also important to experience all different types of sports and find your first love. I know that through Evonne’s Foundation she creates an opportunity that’s not just sport but education as well and that’s a massive part of Indigenous youth being able to open doors and options and avenues to allow kids to dream and discover what they want to do when they’re older.
“Obviously if I can create a smile on a young boy or a young girl’s face or inspire them in a way, that would absolutely make my day. Being able to live out my dreams and then share my stories with them is a massive part of that learning as well.”
If Barty can emulate her Wimbledon success in Tokyo, she will join Steffi Graff and the Williams sisters as the only women to win at the All England Club and claim Olympic gold in the same year.
It would cap a remarkable comeback from a hip injury that should have sidelined the Australian for both Wimbledon and the Olympics.
“In the last month or six weeks I’ve cried a lot. A lot of it was through heartbreak at the French and now, obviously, through a sense of joy and happiness and how much everything has changed in the last four or five weeks,” Barty said.
“We said from the French there will be a silver lining and we’ve certainly found it this week.
“Being able to hold that incredible trophy where you see the names and you see how much this specific event has meant to tennis and to our sport and to now write my own little story and my own little piece of history is really cool.”