10 October 2022 | Tennis West

Boasting a career best doubles world ranking and producing an amazing season, Matthew Ebden was named the 2022 WA Pro Player of the Year at the 2022 Tennis West Awards Gala held at Optus Stadium on Friday 7 October.

Matthew is enjoying his highest ranking in doubles at the world No. 24. Matthew’s standout performances throughout the year included a runnier up at the 2022 Australian Open and winning Wimbledon with partner Matt Purcell. Matthew also enjoyed playing in the Wimbledon mixed doubles final with Sam Stosur and making the quester finals in both the the French Open and US Open. On the ATP scene, Matthew took out two tiles at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships and Winston- Salem Open.

The Tennis West Awards Night, proudly presented by KC Australia us Tennis West’s prestigious event that celebrates tennis in Western Australia and recognises the outstanding achievements of our state’s junior and senior players, officials, coaches, administrators and volunteers. Guests on the night were also treated to a very special guest as Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley was in attendance and address the guests to provide insight on the season ahead and how tennis is thriving throughout Australia.

Tennis West CEO Brett Patten says the WA Tennis Awards Night is a wonderful opportunity to recognise and celebrate the sport’s hard-working clubs, volunteers, coaches and players, congratulating all nominees and award winners on their achievements throughout the year.

‘Tennis in WA continues to go from strength to strength, and this wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our clubs, coaches, officials, volunteers, partner schools, local governments and players who remain committed to creating thriving tennis communities right across the state,’

“The rewards of these combined efforts are then realised through increased grassroots participation, accessible and welcoming tennis clubs, top-performing juniors who rank amongst the country’s best and WA’s professional players who continue to do us proud on the WTA and ATP tours,’

“None of this is possible without the contribution of everyone involved, and our awards night ensures these wonderful individuals are celebrated and recognised accordingly,” Patten said.

The dynamic duo of Talia Gibson and Taylah Preston took out the KC Australia Junior Player of the Year award. Both are ranked as the No. 1 female player in Australia for their respected birth years and both have had outstanding seasons.

Talia Gibson won 15 consecutiv3 matches to secure victory in three 15k titles in the USA and in Australia.

Taylah Preston has a career high world junior ranking of world No. 10 and has participated in all four Grand Slams this season.

Included in the Award Night formalities were three more Hall of Champions. The 2022 inductees included Gary Penberthty, Jill Bignell and Mary Collins.

The full list of 2022 Tennis West Awards Gala Winners

Karen Bucens Award
Talia Edgar

Kent Yamazaki Award
Jake Dembo

KC Australia Junior Tennis Star Award
Talia Gibson and Taylah Preston

WA Pro Player of the Year
Matthew Ebden

Arthur Marshall Coaching Excellence – Club Award
Matt Bull, East Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club

PAV Coaching Excellence – Development
Philipp Lamprecht, Europe Tennis Academy

Concept Marketing Coaching Excellence- Performance
Brad Dyer, Greenwood Tennis Club

Empire Insurance Excellence in Officiating Award
Glen Crosbie

Sportrophy Most Outstanding Club – Small
Tom Price Tennis Club

Sportrophy Most Outstanding Club- Large
Blue Gum Park Tennis Club

2021/22 State League Champions- Men’s
Hensman Park Tennis Club

2021/22 State League Champions- Women’s
Hensman Park Tennis Club

2021/22 State League MVP- Men’s
Austin Vos, Hensman Park Tennis Club

2021/22 State League MVP- Women’s
Ella Nurkic

Current Electrical Most Outstanding Media Coverage
The West Australian Newspaper

Most outstanding Senior (30+)
Paul Moss

Most Outstanding Event
Tennis South West- Busselton Toyota Junior Tour

Volunteer Achievement
Darryl Downing and Sonia Addis

Most Outstanding Inclusion
Blind and Low Vision Tennis

Most Outstanding School
John Forrest Secondary College

Service to Tennis Award
Les Bairstow

Dawn Hay Medal
Ken McIntosh

Tennis West would like to thank the ongoing support of our wonderful awards partners- KC Australia, Perth Audio Visual (PAV), Concept Marketing, Sportrophy Midland, Empire Insurance Group, Current Electrical Services, Good Property Services, Linneys, Tyrepower, Showscreens and Sonic Healhcare