Ashleigh Barty and Alex De Minaur make Newcombe medal history

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Topics Read more Young guns Ashleigh Barty and Alex De Minaur have been named as joint winners of the Newcombe medal on a historic night for Australian tennis. Judges were unable to split the pair after both enjoyed stellar seasons, ensuring Australian tennis’ highest individual honour was shared for the first time in the award’s nine-year history.Barty joins former US Open champion and French Open finalist Samantha Stosur (2010, 2011, 2012) as only the second multiple recipient after ending 2018 as Australia’s highest-ranked player at No 15 in the world. Share on LinkedIn Share via Email news Share on Pinterest Last year’s Newcombe medallist won the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, another singles title on grass in Nottingham as well as four doubles titles – including her maiden grand slam alongside American Coco Vandeweghe in New York.Barty amassed 46 singles wins for the season, reaching the Sydney final, semi-finals in Strasbourg, Montreal and Wuhan and making a career-best fourth-round run at the US Open in addition to her two title successes.De Minaur could not be denied either after being named the ATP’s newcomer of the year following his meteoric rise from No 208 to a career-high 31st in the rankings in 2018.The 19-year-old’s breakout season began with runs to the Brisbane semi-finals and Sydney final, which earned the teenager a Davis Cup debut, where he pushed then-world No 4 Alexander Zverev to five sets. He also reached the Washington final before rounding out his year with a runner-up showing at Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.US Open quarter-finalist John Millman, who climbed to a career-high No 33 in the world after his stunning win over Roger Federer at Flushing Meadows, and wheelchair champion Dylan Alcott, who won a sixth grand slam title this year, were the other nominees for the top gong on Monday night.A highlight of the night at Melbourne’s Crown Casino was the presentation of the spirit of tennis award to retired ace Casey Dellacqua for her outstanding achievements both on and off the court.Darren Cahill, who guided women’s world No 1 Simona Halep to her breakthrough grand slam crown at the French Open, won the coaching excellence award. Ashleigh Barty Since you’re here…center_img Australia sport Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Ash Barty tipped to join exclusive tennis grand slam club Share on Messenger Tennis Reuse this contentlast_img

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