Six finalists announced for Newcombe Medal
Dylan Alcott, Casey Dellacqua, Sam Groth, Thanasi Kokkinakis, John Peers and Sam Stosur have been nominated as Newcombe Medal finalists for 2015.
Six of Australia’s top tennis players – 2015 Australian and US Open winner Dylan Alcott, breakthrough talent Sam Groth, rising star Thanasi Kokkinakis, evergreen champion Sam Stosur and doubles stars Casey Dellacqua and John Peers – have been named finalists for this year’sNewcombe Medal.
The highest honour in Australian tennis will be presented to the most outstanding elite tennis player and ambassador for the sport at a special awards ceremony to be held in Melbourne on Monday 23 November.
Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said the Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards celebrated all levels of achievement within the tennis community.
“It is not just about honouring Australia’s most outstanding tennis player, the awards are about recognising and celebrating the exceptional accomplishments and contributions of tennis communities, coaches, clubs and schools around the country,” he said.
The 2015 finalists were honoured to learn of their nomination for the sport’s top gong.
Alcott said: “It’s unbelievable. I think I’m the first athlete with a disability to ever be nominated for the Newks, which is absolutely incredible. To be recognised purely as an elite athlete and to be among the other nominees and those who have won in the past, it’s humbling. I can’t believe it, it’s awesome.”
Dellacqua said: “I’m excited to be nominated for the Newcombe Medal again. There have been some great results by all Australian players this year, and it’s an honour to be nominated.”
Groth said: “To be nominated for the Newcombe Medal really caps off what I feel was a real breakthrough year for me. I was really happy with the way 2015 went and although I stopped my season a little early due to injury, being nominated is a great way to close my best season yet. It was a great year for a lot of Aussie players so for now I’ll keep my fingers crossed and look forward toNovember 23.”
Kokkinakis said: “I’m pretty excited… It’s obviously an honour to be nominated for the big medal. I won the junior medal last year so it’s obviously a good transition I’ve made. I’m in good company so it should be a great night.”
Peers said: “It’s a great honour to be nominated for the Newcombe Medal. It has been a great year for me and to get nominated for this award is a privilege.”
Stosur said: “It’s nice to be nominated again. Obviously I’ve been nominated five times now and have won it a couple of times. I guess to be back in that position is a good feeling, to still be up there in Australian tennis.”
The sixth edition of the Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards will take place at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.
The full list of finalists is as follows:
Finalists: Dylan Alcott (Vic), Casey Dellacqua (WA), Sam Groth (Vic), Thanasi Kokkinakis (SA), John Peers (Vic), Sam Stosur (Qld)
Recipient selected by a panel appointed by Tennis Australia
Finalists: Mark Draper (Qld), Ben Mathias (Qld), Nicole Pratt (Qld)
Finalists: Matt Bull (Nedlands, WA), Jason Lindeman (Hawthorn, Vic), Adrian Muscillo (Kew, Vic)
Finalists: Jason Lindeman (East Hawthorn, Vic), Adrian Muscillo (Kew, Vic), Theresa Stapp (Cromer, NSW)
Finalists: Graham Charlton (Traralgon, Vic), Ben Milner (Glenelg East, SA), Janine Thompson (Lalor Park, NSW)
Finalists: Kimberly Birrell (Hope Island, Qld), Jaimee Fourlis (Preston, Vic), Priscilla Hon (Rochedale, Qld)
Finalists: Alex de Minaur (Rhodes, NSW), Blake Ellis (Bellbowrie, Qld), Omar Jasika (Clarinda, Vic)
Finalists: Dylan Alcott (East St Kilda, Vic), Glen Flindell (Yallambie, Vic), Adam Kellerman (St Ives, NSW)
Finalists: Lyn Duffy (Melton South, Vic), Julie Fidler (Bentleigh, Vic), Robin Lowe (Sale, Vic)
Finalists: Bob Howes (Highett, Vic), Wayne Pascoe (Beauty Point, NSW), Margaret Robinson (City Beach, WA)
Finalists: John Blom (Heathcote, NSW), Glen Toland (Engadine, NSW), Emma Walter (Swinger Hill, ACT)
Finalists: Alexander Park Tennis Club (WA), City Community Tennis (NSW), Mt Eliza Tennis Club (Vic)
Finalists: 91st Shepparton Easter Tournament (Vic), Bendigo Bank Winter Junior Tour & Australian Money Tournament (Vic), Rod Laver Queensland Junior State Championships (Qld)
Finalists: 2014 Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International (Qld), 2015 McDonald’s Burnie International (Tas), 2015 Mildura Grand International (Vic)
Finalists: Creaney Primary School (WA), Brisbane Boys’ College (Qld), Prince Alfred College (SA)