Tennis News Wire -
Samantha Stosur was awarded the Newcombe Medal for the third consecutive year at the gala Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards at Crown Palladium in Melbourne Sunday.
The Queenslander, 28, received the accolade for being Australia’s most outstanding player in 2012. Australian tennis legend John Newcombe presented Stosur, the current world No. 9, with the medal.
Stosur is the first Australian woman since Wendy Turnbull to finish in the world top 10 three years running.
The Newcombe Medal is the premier award on a night that recognizes service to tennis at all levels - clubs, coaches, players, volunteers, community and officials.
“Receiving the Newcombe Medal for a third year in a row is an amazing honor,” said Stosur, who captured the hearts of Australians last year when she defeated Serena Williams to win the 2011 US Open, her first Grand Slam singles title.
“The Newcombe Medal is a great occasion for the Australian tennis community to come together and celebrate our sport, recognize people’s achievements and contributions to Australian tennis.
“I think it’s great that the Australian tennis community continues to recognize the hard work of its members, who make the growth of our sport possible for the longevity of tennis in our country,” Stosur continued.