Retired celebrity Ash Barty goes head-to-head with Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios in battle to win the very best honour in Australian tennis
Ash Barty is a shoo-in to say a record-extending fifth Newcombe Medal after being amongst seven gamers shortlisted for Australian tennis’s player-of-the-year award.
However the retired Australian Open champion should fend off the strongest record of finalists but after Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios, three-time grand slam quarter-finalist Ajla Tomljanovic and Wimbledon doubles champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell had been additionally nominated.
Barty performs a forehand in her Girls’s Singles Semifinals match towards Madison Keys of the USA on the 2022 Australian Open
Alex de Minaur and Storm Hunter (nee Sanders), the celebrities of Australia’s respective runs to the 2022 Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup finals, are the opposite nominees.
There shall be no denying Barty, although, after the previous world No.1 famously turned the nation’s first singles Australian Open singles winner in 44 years with a hoodoo-busting triumph in January.
Victory over American Danielle Collins within the Melbourne Park ultimate proved to be Barty’s final skilled match earlier than she dramatically give up tennis six weeks later, a month earlier than her twenty sixth birthday.
The three-time grand slam champion has already received the Newcombe Medal 4 instances – 2017, 2018, 2019 and final yr – sharing the gong with wheelchair wizard Dylan Alcott.
Most different years Kyrgios would have received the award for a second time.
The 27-year-old loved a breakout season highlighted by his cost to the Wimbledon title match in July.
Kyrgios additionally reached the US Open quarter-finals and teamed with Thanasi Kokkinakis to win the Australian Open doubles crown.
Kyrgios towards Brandon Nakashima of the USA of their spherical 4 match at Wimbledon. Kyrgios would go on to make the ultimate
Tomljanovic additionally loved a career-best yr, making the final eight at each Wimbledon and the US Open, the place she ended Serena Williams’ profession with an impressive third-round victory over the 23-times main winner.
However the 2022 honours belong to Barty, who shall be appropriately recognised on Australian tennis’s evening of nights on the Palladium Crown on December 12.