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Ash Barty Retirement: Three athletes who retired young

SportsTiger looks back at three of such athletes who decided to put a hold on their respective careers when no one expected.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 24 March 2022 11:29 am

World No.1 tennis player Ashleigh Barty shocked the world with her decision of sudden retirement on Wednesday. She retired at the age of 25, weeks after becoming the first home-grown Australian Open champion in 44 years. Barty was one of the finest to have played the game and was peaking in her career but decided to put her racket to rest.

With this decision of her, Barty got herself included in the list of athletes who announced retirement really early in their careers. SportsTiger looks back at three of such athletes who decided to put a hold on their respective careers when no one expected.

1. Barry Sanders

Barry Sanders, an NFL great, left everyone in disbelief when he announced his retirement shortly after turning 31 years old in 1999. The Detroit Lions superstar held multiple records including the most consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (10) and the most seasons with at least 1,100 rushing yards (10, tied with Walter Payton). In his final NFL season, Sanders rushed for 1,491 yards giving a glimpse of what he had in him. But people could not see more of the football left in him.

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