Following on from a successful 2018 season, Ashleigh Barty has been nominated for the 2018 Newcombe Medal.
The 22-year-old has been nominated alongside Dylan Alcott, Alex de Minaur and John Millman.
The Newcombe Medal is Australian tennis’ highest individual accolade and will be awarded on November 26 at the annual awards ceremony in Melbourne.
All four nominees have achieved strong results and consistent success across their season with wheelchair tennis champion, Alcott, picking up his sixth Grand Slam title and second at the US Open, de Minaur earnt his Davis Cup debut and reached the third round of the US Open and Wimbledon, while Millman became known as the ‘giant-killer’ with his win over 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at the US Open.
For Barty, it is the third time she has been nominated for the award with 2013 being the first before taking home the medal last year.
“Winning last year’s Newcombe Medal was an incredible moment for me and to be nominated again is a real honour,” she said.
“The goal for me this year was to build on 2017 results and consolidate my ranking.
"I am proud of what my team and I achieved, the US Open doubles title with CoCo Vandeweghe and finishing the year with the WTA Elite Trophy win were definite highlights. I can't wait to start the 2019 season at home in front of Aussie fans," Barty said.
The Queenslander reached a career-high ranking of No.15 in singles and No.5 in doubles meaning she is currently one of only two women ranked inside the world’s top 20 in both disciplines.
Not only was she successful at the US Open but Barty also won the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai and a singles title in Nottingham.
Other highlights from the season include a Sydney final, semifinals in Strasbourg, Montreal and Wuhan as well as a career-best fourth-round run at the US Open.