“I didn't know there was going to be a blue backdrop so I probably camouflaged myself ... I went for a bit more bling this year, just wanted to sparkle it up.”
— Casey Dellacqua, 24 Nov 2014
» Stars step out in style on the blue carpet
- Started learning to play tennis aged seven when her mum, Nita, and her nan put her in group lessons at Kingsley Tennis Club.
- Played all sports as a child and always knew she wanted to be a professional athlete.
- Made her Grand Slam debut at the 2003 Australian Open.
- Made her Fed Cup debut in 2006.
- Broke into the top 100 mid-way through 2007.
- Joined the world’s top 50 for the first time in 2008, highlighted by a fourth-round showing at the Australian Open.
- Reached the final of the women’s doubles at the 2008 French Open, partnering Francesca Schiavone.
- Represented Australia at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
- Underwent shoulder surgery in early 2009 and missed the rest of the season.
- Cracked the WTA doubles top 10 in May 2009.
- Claimed the mixed doubles title at the 2011 French Open, partnering American Scott Lipsky.
- Secured a record breaking six ITF Futures Pro Circuit titles in a row, all on home soil, in 2011.
- Represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympics.
- Represented Australia at the 2012 Fed Cup.
- Proudest moments are when her parents, Nita, and father Kim, watch her play at major tournaments.
- Watches AFL (Carlton fan), cricket and V8 Supercars in her spare time.
- Enjoys sleeping, shopping, hanging out with friends and family and reading.
- Admires Australian tennis legend Margaret Court.
- Favourite movie is Dirty Dancing.
- Favourite actor is Brad Pitt.
- Favourite music is hip-hop and R&B.
Year-end singles ranking history
2013 Bendigo #1 ITF, Bendigo #2 ITF
2012 Fukuoka ITF
2011 Bundaberg ITF, Cairns ITF, Darwin ITF, Esperance ITF, Kalgoorlie ITF, Traralgon ITF, Bendigo ITF
2010 Mildura ITF
2007 Melbourne ITF, Perth ITF, Kalgoorlie ITF, Bronx, New York ITF
2006 Mount Gambier ITF, Port Pirie ITF
2005 Mackay ITF, Rockhampton ITF, Port Pirie ITF
2004 Warrnambool ITF
2003 Dalby ITF
2007 Calvia, Spain ITF, Fukuoka, Japan ITF
2006 Traralgon ITF, Melbourne ITF
2005 Hamanako, Japan ITF
Casey Dellacqua in the news
A stellar field headlined by world no.29 Casey Dellacqua, Sloane Stephens, Heather Watson and 2012 champion Mona Barthel will star at the 22nd annual Hobart International.
With the professional season having come to a close, we celebrate the Aussie movers and shakers who shot up the rankings in what was a breakthrough year for Australian tennis.
UPDATE: Nick Kyrgios was tonight awarded Australia’s top tennis honour, the prestigious Newcombe Medal, capping a stunning breakout season for the teen from Canberra.
One of the undeniable highlights of the Newcombe Medal is seeing Australia's best players step out on the blue carpet having traded the tennis clothes for their finest…