Forget sipping Champagne after her French Open win, Ash Barty celebrated in down-to-earth style with beer, steak and pasta.
Barty added her name to the record books at Paris’ Roland-Garros with her 6-1 6-3 win over Czech Marketa Vondrousova, becoming only the fourth Australian after Margaret Court, Lesley Bowrey and Evonne Goologong Cawley to win the Cup.
Afterwards, the Queenslander spent the afternoon downing a few beers with her coach Craig Tyzzer, manager Nikki Craig and strength and conditioning coach Mark “Tubby” Taylor in the players’ restaurant.
“The last time I tried those beers (Kronenbourg 1664), it was after losing the doubles final here with Casey (Dellacqua),” she told The Daily Telegraph.
“They taste better this time.
“This is just incredible. I never dreamt that I’d be sitting here with this trophy here at the French Open. I mean, obviously we have dreams and goals as children, but this is incredible.”
Kronenbourg 1664 – named for the year the brewery opened – has been owned by Carlsberg Group since 2008 and is the top-selling French beer in the world. It saw a 4% increase in sales in 2018.
Admittedly, she probably didn’t have many other options, it’s not like Great Northern would have been on tap.
Afterwards, Barty and six of her closest team members headed to an Italian restaurant near Roland Garros to continue the party, only returning to their hotel at about 2am.
“It was a great evening, just those closest to me,” she said. “Beers, steaks, pasta. No speeches, just fun.”
Barty said her celebrations were for “for myself and my team.”
“I’m not the only person out here. I have an extraordinary group of people around me,” she said.
“I love working with them every single day, day in, day out. They’re with me at the hardest times of my life, and they’re with me in some of the most amazing times.
“I think, for us, it’s a celebration of the journey we have been on for the last three years.”