Former world number one Ashleigh Barty has signed up for a golf exhibition, fueling rumors that she may pursue a top-level career in a third sport.
The 25-year-old, who abruptly announced her retirement from tennis in March, will compete in the Icons Series in July.
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, and Michael Phelps, the 23-time Olympic winner, are among the other athletes competing.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have fun, test yourself, and compete,” Barty told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I hope that by participating in the series, we will encourage more women and girls to play golf all around the world.”
Barty, who has three Grand Slam singles wins, including Wimbledon last summer, is an avid amateur golfer with a reputed handicap of four.
Her father, Robert, represented Australia as an amateur and had pondered turning professional.
During a sabbatical from tennis, Barty played professional cricket for Queensland and the Brisbane Heat in 2015.
She previously stated that she would not do something similar in golf, telling the Courier Mail earlier this month that she “had a good chuckle” over the rumor.
Barty is also working on a children’s book series that will be released later this year.
The inaugural event in the Icon Series will take place in June at Liberty National in New Jersey, with further events planned for Europe, Asia, and Australia.