Ash Barty: Tennis Star Speaks Fluent Disney
Australian tennis star Ash Barty, currently competing at Wimbledon, has a penchant for quoting philosophers during her post-match press conferences; Disney philosophers named Timon, Pumbaa, Buzz, and Sebastian.
Has someone dared @ashbar96 to spice up her press conferences with a few famous film lines? Watch the clip and tell us what you think?
— Offsiders ABC (@OffsidersABC) July 6, 2019
Is It A Dare?
Ash Barty has been enjoying her time on the court at Wimbledon, and the world number one has also been having fun off the court, dropping Disney references into quotes for days before anyone noticed.
The ABC’s Offsiders noticed the trend, pointing out Barty had peppered her responses at post-match conferences with direct quotes from The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, and The Lion King.
“She’s done three press conferences so far, and she’s made a little reference in each press conference … I think there might be a dare happening here for Ash Barty,” Kelli Underwood said on the program.
Ash Barty: Hakuna Matata
Thus far, Barty’s references include:
- In her first conference at the tournament, Barty referenced The Lion King saying: “We kind of came into it thinking like Hakuna Matata.”
- After her second round, Barty opted for a Toy Story reference, saying: “I chat to my niece and over and over she just tells me, ‘you can go to infinity and beyond.'”
- And when asked about her shot selection following her straight-sets defeat of British hopeful Harriet Dart on Sunday, Barty slid in a lyric from The Little Mermaid’s Oscar-winning track Under the Sea: “I think for me sometimes I look at a shot, I play a shot, I think the seaweed is always greener in someone else’s lake… I try and think of how else I can win the point,” she said, keeping a straight face.
That. Is. Awesome.
And Barty plays again Monday – fingers crossed for another Disney reference.
Maybe a little, “Wait. What?”
Cya on Manic Monday ??♂️ pic.twitter.com/CDoeEpFWsg
— Ash Barty (@ashbar96) July 6, 2019
Pssst. Disney. There’s a heck of a marketing opportunity here… I’ll be watching for my check.
And I’ll be watching the match on Monday! But tell me, what is your favorite Disney quote?