Ash Barty has hailed her record fifth consecutive Newcombe medal as the ideal exclamation point to her successful tennis career.
Barty broke the Australian Open’s 44-year local title drought after reigning in Adelaide to end an unbeaten summer and was crowned Australian Tennis Player of the Year 2022 despite her shock exit in March.
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“I stand here with great pride knowing that I gave absolutely everything I could do for this beautiful sport and it has brought me so much more than I could ever have dreamed of,” said Barty.
The 26-year-old was delighted to receive the award in front of her family at the Australian Tennis Awards ceremony in Melbourne on Monday.
“It’s obviously an amazing way to wrap up an incredible journey,” Barty told reporters.
“The journey of my life, the journey chasing my dreams and exploring what is possible in the world.”
The former world No. 1’s brilliant summer culminated in her victory over American Danielle Collins in the Melbourne Park final to end a rare seven-game Grand Slam campaign without dropping a set.
In her magical January, Barty recorded 11 singles and four doubles wins.
She also took the Adelaide International singles title and shared the doubles trophy with Storm Hunter (née Sanders).
Barty has now added to her previous Newcombe medals triumphs in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 after COVID-19 wiped out Australian tennis’ night of nights in 2020
The 26-year-old shared this honor twice, but now won her third overall medal.
Nick Kyrgios, Ajla Tomljanovic, Alex de Minaur, Wimbledon doubles champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell and Billie Jean King Cup standout Australian Hunter were the other nominees.
Barty’s fifth Newcombe medal caps a brilliant career that has spanned three singles Grand Slams: the 2019 French Open, Wimbledon 2021 and her triumph at Melbourne Park, and the 2018 US Open doubles title with CoCo Vandeweghe.
The 26-year-old, who firmly rules out a comeback, won the medal in a fine field.
Any other year, Kyrgios, the 2014 “Newk” winner, would have a real claim.
He reached the Wimbledon final only to be contested by Novak Djokovic but also had a career-best quarterfinal performance at the US Open, winning a seventh ATP title and nabbing six top-10 scalps.
Kyrgios also won the Australian Open doubles title with Thanasi Kokkinakis, reached the ATP finals in doubles and became the country’s top-ranked singles and doubles player.
Australia’s new top women’s singles player, Tomljanovic, was also among the nominees for reaching the quarter-finals at both the US Open and Wimbledon.
Earlier in the evening, Australian tennis great Evonne Goolagong Cawley was recognized with the Spirit of Tennis Award presented by Barty for her work with the Evonne Goolagong Foundation.
“I just wanted to say how proud I am to be here tonight,” said Goolagong Cawley.
“And to receive this award was a real surprise, I have to admit, from someone I absolutely adore.”
Established in 2005, the foundation’s mission is to improve health and educational outcomes for young indigenous peoples by using tennis as a vehicle.
https://7news.com.au/sport/tennis/ash-barty-edges-nick-kyrgios-to-make-history-with-record-breaking-fifth-john-newcome-medal-in-a-row-c-9142306 Ash Barty bests Nick Kyrgios to make history with a record-breaking fifth straight John Newcome tennis medal