Ashleigh Barty beats Nick Kyrgios and others to record fifth straight Newcombe medal
Ashleigh Barty received the Newcombe Medal for 2022 at the Australian Tennis Awards at the Crown Casino in Melbourne on Monday evening. Although she spent the majority of the year in retirement, she won the honors for a record fifth consecutive year.
The 27-year-old has been recognized for her outstanding Australian Open 2022 campaign, where she didn’t drop a set en route to the title, which also saw her become the first Australian to win the women’s singles title Down Under in 44 years – since Chris O’Neal in 1977.
It was also the third Grand Slam singles title of his career, after the 2019 French Open and the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
Barty also remained undefeated (15 matches) all year, until his retirement. Her 11 straight singles wins have seen her claim titles in Adelaide and Melbourne. She also partnered with storm sanders and won the doubles in Adelaide.
The other players who were nominated for the award this year were Wimbledon runners-up Nick KyrgiosWimbledon doubles champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell, Wimbledon and US Open quarter-finalist Ajla Tomljanovic, Australian Davis Cup hero Alex de Minaur and Storm Sanders, who was part of the team that reached the final of the Billie Jean Cup.
Ashleigh Barty: ‘Tennis has given me all my dreams and more’
Ashleigh Barty was proud of her achievement in accepting the award and looked back on her playing career with fond memories. She also said that she tried her best to make her mark in the sport.
“It’s obviously been a really big year in my career and in my life. We’ve had some amazing changes, we’ve had an incredible year to celebrate a journey not just for me, but for my team, and there’s so many reason to be proud. I stand here very proud knowing that I have absolutely accomplished every ounce I could in this beautiful sport which has given me so much more than I could have ever dreamed of,” she said. declared, according to The Australian.
The three times Grand Slam The winner, who finished her career ranked No. 1 in the world, took the opportunity to thank her “coaching gurus” Jim Joyce, Jason Stoltenberg and Craig Tyzzer for their role in her successful career.
“I am grateful and grateful to my team. My coaching gurus who taught me my game to everyone behind the scenes,” she said.
Ashleigh Barty also thanked her “support network”, which included her parents and everyone who helped her reach the top of the sport.
“My mom and dad and everyone have been the biggest support network for me. Looking back on this year, what I’m most proud of are the people around me. Without them, I wouldn’t am nothing,” she said.
“Thank you to everyone who gave this five-year-old girl the chance to fulfill her dream on center court. I’m so grateful for everything tennis has given me; it’s given me all my dreams, and more,” she added.