Ashleigh Barty was awarded the Newcombe Medal for 2022 on the Australian Tennis Awards at Melbourne’s Crown On line casino on Monday evening. Regardless of spending nearly all of the yr in retirement, she took residence the honors for a file fifth consecutive yr.
The 27-year-old was acknowledged for her excellent 2022 Australian Open marketing campaign, the place she didn’t drop a set en path to the title, which additionally noticed her turn out to be the primary Australian to win the ladies’s singles title Down Beneath in 44 years — since Chris O’Neal in 1977.
It was additionally the third Grand Slam singles title of her profession, following the 2019 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
Barty additionally went undefeated (15 matches) the complete yr, up till her retirement. Her 11 straight singles wins noticed her clinch titles in Adelaide and Melbourne. She additionally partnered with Storm Sanders and took residence the doubles in Adelaide.
Different gamers who had been nominated for the award this yr had been Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios, Wimbledon doubles champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell, Wimbledon and US Open quarterfinalist Ajla Tomljanovic, Australian Davis Cup hero Alex de Minaur, and Storm Sanders, who was a part of the facet that reached the finals of the Billie Jean Cup.
Ashleigh Barty: “Tennis has given me all of my desires, plus extra”
Ashleigh Barty took satisfaction in her achievement whereas accepting the award and seemed again on her enjoying profession with fond recollections. She additionally acknowledged that she did the most effective she may to make her mark within the sport.
“This has clearly been a really massive yr in my profession and in my life. We’ve had distinctive change, we’ve had a tremendous yr of celebrating a journey of not solely myself, however my crew, and there may be a lot to be happy with. I stand right here very proudly figuring out that I completely fulfilled each ounce that I may to this lovely sport that introduced me a lot greater than I may have ever dreamt,” she stated, in line with The Australian.
The three-time Grand Slam winner, who ended her profession ranked World No. 1, took the chance to thank her “teaching gurus” Jim Joyce, Jason Stoltenberg and Craig Tyzzer for his or her position in her profitable profession.
“I’m grateful and appreciative to my crew. My teaching gurus that taught me my sport to everybody behind the scenes,” she expressed.
Ashleigh Barty additionally thanked her “assist community”, which included her mother and father and everybody who helped her attain the highest of the game.
“My Mum and pa and everybody have been the most important assist community for me. Trying again on this yr, what I’m most happy with is the folks I used to be surrounded by. With out them I’m nothing,” she stated.
“Thanks to everybody that gave this five-year-old the prospect to play her dream out on centre court docket. I’m so grateful to the whole lot that tennis has given me; it’s given me all of my desires, plus extra,” she added.