A pregnant Ash Barty delighted tennis fans with a return to Melbourne Park to launch First Nations Day at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Barty was back on Margaret Court Arena, hitting with the First Nations ballkid squad.

The 26-year-old former world No.1 was delighted to be back at the scene of her final triumph over American Danielle Collins 12 months ago.

She was joined by Evonne Goolagong Cawley to launch First Nations Day at Melbourne Park, a celebration of Indigenous art, culture and sport.

“It’s so nice to be back here again,” Barty said.

“To see plenty of good kids coming out, kids from all over the country.

“A day like today brings people together and I am happy to be here back on court hitting with yellow fluffy balls. It is few and far between these days.”


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