Sam Stosur first winner of the Newcombe Medal.

Sam Stosur has won the inaugural Newcombe Medal following her best season to date on the WTA tour. Stosur’s thrilling run to the French Open final and career-high ranking of No.5 were enough for her to secure the award ahead of former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt, dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anastasia Rodionova and top 50 player Jarmila Groth.

“I think it is a great honour,” Stosur said. “It is a really good initiative of Tennis Australia to put a night like this together for everyone to celebrate our sport. So to be the first winner of the Newcombe Medal is really special. “It’s something that maybe when you’re retired and you look back on your achievements, I think this is definitely going to be up there.

Stosur was presented with the award by tennis legend John Newcombe who praised Stosur’s fantastic year on and off the court. “It was great to see Sam getting the award, the inaugural Newcombe Medal. But apart from that, there were another 12 awards for people from all over the country [and] they’ve [given] great service to tennis,” said Newcombe. The awards ceremony was held at Melbourne Park where the world’s best will soon gather for the Australian Open. More than 500 members of the tennis community attended the black tie event, including Frank Sedgman, Neale Fraser, Evonne Goolagong Cawley who presented the Best Junior Athlete award and, of course, Newcombe.


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