Barty was at Allan Border Field today supporting her former teammates as the Heat took on the Melbourne Renegades in their penultimate game of the WBBL|05 season.
The 2019 French Open singles champion played nine games for the Heat in the inaugural season of the WBBL before making a return to tennis where she has risen to the world’s number one ranking.
Barty has stayed in close contact with players and coaches from the Heat and said she was proud to be named the club’s number one ticket holder.
“I have some very fond memories of playing for the Heat and made a lot of great friends during my time here. It is an honour to be asked to be the club’s number one ticket holder and I am excited to continue showing my support.
“I love watching the WBBL and BBL in between my summer schedule and can’t wait to see the girls in action during the finals series next week.”
Brisbane Heat General Manager Andrew McShea said the club was delighted to continue their association with Barty.
“Ash is a global sporting star and we have been extremely proud watching her rise to become the world’s best player.
“Though she was only with us for one season, her professionalism and work ethic to improve her game was contagious and has certainly rubbed off on many members of our squad which is evident in the way they play and prepare.
“I know our WBBL squad is extremely thankful for her ongoing support and we are delighted to welcome her as the Brisbane Heat’s Number One Ticket Holder.”
Barty will be invited to Heat BBL and WBBL games across summer in between her tennis schedule.
The Heat will be chasing victory over the Melbourne Stars this Sunday to secure a home WBBL semi-final and final.
The club then open the BBL season on Tuesday December 17 against the Sydney Thunder at the Gabba.