Melbourne, Australia, 13 November 2012 | Tennis Australia

World No.9 Samantha Stosur and Australia’s new No.1 male Marinko Matosevic, along with Lleyton Hewitt and Casey Dellacqua have today been announced as nominees for the Newcombe Medal, awarded annually to Australia’s most outstanding tennis player.

“As well as honouring Australia’s top player at the Newcombe Medal we look forward to recognising the outstanding contributions made by communities, coaches, clubs and schools around Australia,” Tennis Australia’s Director of Tennis Craig Tiley said.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the tennis community at all levels to come together to celebrate the achievements in our sport.”

The Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards will take place at Crown Palladium in Melbourne on Monday 3 December.

The full list of awards and finalists are as follows:

Newcombe Medal

Nominees: Casey Dellacqua (Perth, WA), Lleyton Hewitt (Adelaide, SA), Marinko Matosevic (Melbourne, Vic) and Samantha Stosur (Gold Coast, Qld)

Coach Excellence – High Performance

Finalists: Josh Eagle (Wooloowin, Qld), David Taylor (Darling Point, NSW) and Des Tyson (Canberra, ACT)

Coaching Excellence – Club

Finalists: Andrew Sun (Newington, NSW), Wesley Horskins (Elsternwick, Vic) and Clint Fyfe (Buddina, Qld)

Coaching Excellence – MLC Tennis Hot Shots

Finalists: Frank Calabria (Amaroo, ACT), Matthew Bull (Padbury, WA) and Helen Magill (Parkes, NSW)

Excellence in Officiating

Finalists: Scott Ray (Taree, NSW), Thomas Sweeney (Benalla, Vic) and Wayne McKewen (Baulkham Hills, NSW)

Female Junior Athlete of the Year

Finalists: Lizette Cabrera (Yeronga, Qld), Ashleigh Barty (Springfield, Qld) and Destanee Aiava (Narre Warren, Vic)

Male Junior Athlete of the Year

Finalists: Jacob Grills (Ocean Grove, Vic), Harry Bourchier (Kingston, Tas) and Luke Saville (Barmera, SA)

Most Outstanding 35+ Tennis Senior

Finalists: Terry Smith (Sedgwick, Vic), Judy Hancy (Ringwood North, Vic) and Andrew Rae (Mt Eliza, Vic)

Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability

Finalists: Adam Kellerman (St Ives, NSW), Glen Flindell (Heidelberg, Vic) and Zvi Schweitzer (Murrumbeena, Vic)

Most Outstanding Tennis Club

Finalists: City Community Tennis Centres (Surry Hills, NSW), Alexander Park Tennis Club (Menora, WA) and Gove Peninsula Tennis Club (Nhulunbuy, NT)

Most Outstanding Tennis Community

Finalists: Waverley Tennis (Wheelers Hill, Vic), Elsternwick Park Tennis Centre (Elsternwick, Vic) and Gove Peninsula Tennis Club (Nhulunbuy, NT)

Most Outstanding Tournament

Finalists: 2011 William Loud Bendigo International (Bendigo, Vic), 2012 Cairns Tennis International (Cairns, Qld) and 2012 McDonald’s Burnie International (Burnie, Tas)

Most Outstanding School

Finalists: Maribyrnong Sports Academy (Maribyrnong, Vic), St Andrew’s Anglican College (Peregian Springs, Qld), Nightcliff Primary School (Nighcliff, NT)

Volunteer Achievement Award

Finalists: Alvin Maple (West Ryde, NSW), Anne Baldwin (Frankston South, Vic) and Col Ackland (Buddina, Qld)

Spirit of Tennis Award

Recipient selected by a panel appointed by Tennis Australia