Retired Barty claims fifth Newcombe Medal

Australian tennis champion Ash Barty, pictured after claiming her Australian Open title, has won a record fifth Newcombe Medal.

Australian tennis champion Ash Barty, pictured after claiming her Australian Open title, has won a record fifth Newcombe Medal. Photo: AAP

Ash Barty has claimed a record fifth consecutive Newcombe Medal to put a fine exclamation mark on her decorated tennis career.

Barty broke the Australian Open’s 44-year local title drought to complete an undefeated summer, and was crowned Australian tennis’s player of 2022, despite her shock retirement in March.

The former world No.1’s brilliant start to the year culminated with her victory over American Danielle Collins in the Melbourne Park final to complete a rare seven-match grand slam campaign without dropping a set.

In her magic January, Barty recorded 11 singles and four doubles victories.

She also defeated four consecutive top 25-ranked players to win the Adelaide International singles title and combined with Storm Hunter (nee Sanders) to sweep the doubles trophy.

Barty has now added to her previous Newcombe Medal triumphs in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021, after COVID-19 wiped out Australian tennis’s night of nights in 2020

The 26-year-old has twice shared the honour but won her third outright medal on Monday night.

Ash Barty has claimed the 2022 Newcombe Medal in a ceremony at Melbourne’s Crown casino. Photo: Getty

Nick Kyrgios, Ajla Tomljanovic, Alex de Minaur, Wimbledon doubles champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell and Australia’s Billie Jean King Cup standout Hunter were the other nominees.

Barty’s fifth Newcombe Medal caps off a brilliant career, which included three singles grand slams: the 2019 French Open, 2021 Wimbledon and her Melbourne Park triumph, as well as the 2018 US Open doubles title with CoCo Vandeweghe.

The 26-year-old, who has emphatically ruled out a comeback, won the medal from a fine field.

In any other year, Kyrgios, the 2014 ‘Newk’ winner, would have a genuine claim to the award.

He made a surging run to the Wimbledon final, only to be denied by Novak Djokovic, but also had a career-best quarter-final showing at the US Open, won a seventh ATP title and claimed six top-10 scalps.

Kyrgios, also won the Australian Open doubles title with Thanasi Kokkinakis, made the ATP Finals in doubles and finished as the country’s top-ranked singles and doubles player.

Australia’s new top women’s singles player Tomljanovic was also recognised among the nominees for reaching the quarter-finals of both the US Open and Wimbledon.

Earlier in the evening, Australian tennis great Evonne Goolagong Cawley was awarded the Spirit of Tennis Award, presented by Barty, for her work with the Evonne Goolagong Foundation.

Established in 2005, the foundation’s mission is to improve health and educational outcomes for young Indigenous people, using tennis as a vehicle.


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