World No 1 tennis star Ashleigh Barty has won Australia’s highest honour – The Newcombe Medal – for the third year running.
The 23-year-old broke into the world top ten when she won the Miami Open in January. She later became Australia’s first French Open champion since Margaret Court in 1973.
She also won the prestigious WTA finals in Shenzhen and received £3.4 million, the biggest winner’s cheque in tennis history. Barty also led the national side into its first Federations Cup final in 26 years.
After receiving the award, Barty said: “I’m incredibly grateful and very humbled to be here tonight.
“I’m extremely fortunate to have such an amazing support network around me. It’s very special for me tonight to have mum, dad and my very first coach in Jim (Joyce) here.
They gave me the unconditional love and support time and time again — in all the bad times and all the good times, they’re always there.
“Honestly it’s been incredible. I’m very grateful that they’re here to share it with me as well.”