Dressed in active wear, Ash appeared contemplative and in her own world as she pushed her six-month-old son Hayden in his pram.
This led our source to wonder if she was mulling over the AO offer – especially as she enjoyed a catch-up with Casey and her kids that very same weekend!
Our source says it’s “the perfect time” for Ash to make her “miracle comeback”, even if she is just calling the game.
When it comes to making her decision, she’ll likely be guided by husband Garry Kissick.
“Garry is the person who Ash trusts the most,” tells our source.
“He knows she’s got plenty of fuel in the tank and he will support her all the way. Whatever decision they make will ultimately be what’s best for the family.”
Our source adds that it’s “the perfect time” for Ash to return to centre court – in any capacity – as she’s really found her groove when it comes to juggling motherhood with work.
Hayden even accompanied Ash to set for a recent shoot for Rado watches. On Instagram, Ash wrote “Having my little man in tow was so special”.
She also opened up about being a mum, confessing that the “greatest challenge” is “the way it dramatically changes your life”.
“You’re responsible and completely accountable for a new person,” she said.
“It’s quite bizarre. I love every single second [and] challenge that comes with it. It’s absolutely the best thing and the most rewarding thing I’ve done.”
The speculation started back in October...
While it's not a surprise to see Ash Barty taking a selfie on the court, a pic from October made a few fans take notice.
In a social media post, the 27-year-old proudly cradles her three-month-old son Hayden after having a hit. As well as featuring her adorable baby, the image also shows Ash wearing a cap featuring the Wimbledon logo - a subtle signal she may have a return in mind.
As New Idea's exclusive report noted in September that there's talk the three-time Grand Slam winner is contemplating a comeback.
"If it's not the Australian Open in January, then she will probably set her sights on Wimbledon," a source reported.
With her fans adding comments like "Please come back!" on the post, Ash would be assured that if she does pick up her racquet again, the crowd will raise the roof!
According to New Idea's insider sources, this isn't the first time the retired former world number one has hinted at a return to the sport, Ash reportedly eyeing off a possible appearance at one of the four Grand Slam tournaments to take place in 2024.
"Anyone who knows Ash knows she is capable of anything!" the source shared.
"If Ash is to return, it's now or never - if it's not the Australian Open in January, then she will probably set her sights on Wimbledon in July," the source continued.
"Who knows, by the time Hayden celebrates his first birthday, his mum may have added another Grand Slam trophy to her collection!"