Following Ash Barty‘s tremendous Wimbledon win early this morning, you’re probably wondering what the tennis champ took home (aside from the title OFC).
Ngarigo woman Ash Barty beat Czech player Karolina Pliskova (6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3), making her the first Aussie woman to win the Wimbledon title in 41 years. Funnily enough, this year is also the 50th anniversary of Wiradjuri woman Evonne Goolagong-Cawley’s first Wimbledon win.
The Wimbledon tennis champ’s dress was also inspired by mentor Goolagong-Cawley’s scallop detailed dress that she wore 50 years ago.
Barty: 'Her inspiring career has paved the way for young Indigenous women. It is my honor'
Cawley: 'It just blows my mind. It's truly fantastic' pic.twitter.com/9erVI22ySC
— Tim Newcomb (@tdnewcomb) June 24, 2021
So while winning a title and the various perks is pretty bloody cool, the victory carries a personal significance for Barty who has not only made Aussies proud, but it’s also huge win for First Nations people.
But here’s what she actually won, if you’re a tad curious:
Of course, the winner takes home a fat pay cheque – $3.15 million to be exact. So far Barty’s career prize money is just under $20 million US, while Pliskova’s is around $22 million US. That’s a lot of mullah.
The honour roll
Barty’s name will now be permanently added to the Wimbledon honour roll, which now reads: 2021 Miss A. Barty.
Barty will now become a member of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
The club which organises the Wimbledon Championships is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. The only real way to get a membership is to win Wimbledon (like Barty) or know the right people – and by that, they basically mean you need to know royalty.
Although something tells me the club isn’t really Barty’s scene, as they have a strict all-white dress code and the whole thing seems way too pretentious.