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Old 10-23-2014, 05:27 AM   #1
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Australia’s top ranked tennis players, Samantha Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt, alongside the resurgent Casey Dellacqua and rising star Nick Kyrgios, have been named finalists for this year’s Newcombe Medal.

The highest honour in Australian tennis will be presented to the most outstanding player of the season at a special awards ceremony to be held in Melbourne on Monday 24 November.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said the event would celebrate all levels of achievement within the tennis community.

“As well as recognising Australia’s most outstanding tennis player, the awards celebrate the exceptional accomplishments and contributions of tennis communities, coaches, clubs and schools around the country,” he said.

The 2014 finalists were today honoured to learn of their nomination for the sport’s top gong.

“It’s fantastic to be nominated for the Newcombe Medal again,” said Stosur.

“The Newcombe Medal is a great night to not only recognise the players’ results, but for the whole tennis family to come together.”

Said Hewitt: “It’s always a huge honour to be nominated for this award and to be recognised for the effort you put in all season. I was really proud to win the Newcombe Medal last year and it was a great moment to have Newk present the medal.

“Newk is someone I‘ve always looked up to, we shared a lot of great experiences when he was Davis Cup captain, including our win in 1999, and I’ve been fortunate to learn a lot from him and to consider him a friend and mentor throughout my career.”

“It’s a great honour to be nominated as one of the finalists for the Newcombe Medal,” Dellacqua said.

It’s always a great night with all the current and past Australian players together in one room, and I’m looking forward to getting to Melbourne next month. Since the award was introduced in 2010 it has been highly regarded by the Australian players, particularly since Newk was such an icon of the game.”

Said Kyrgios: “I’m really excited to be nominated for the Newcombe Medal, it’s been a huge year for me and this really caps it off.

“The previous winners, Sam and Lleyton, are stars of Australian tennis and it’s amazing to be in their company. I’m really proud of what I’ve been able to achieve this year and I’m already looking forward to 2015 and hopefully another big season ahead.”

The Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards will be held at Crown Palladium, Melbourne on Monday 24 November.

The full list of finalists is as follows:

Newcombe Medal
Finalists: Casey Dellacqua (Perth, WA), Lleyton Hewitt (Adelaide, SA), Nick Kyrgios (Canberra, ACT), Samantha Stosur (Gold Coast, Qld)

Junior Athlete of the Year – Female
Finalists: Destanee Aiava (Narre Warren, Vic), Kimberly Birrell (Hope Island, Qld), Seone Mendez (Baulkham Hills, NSW)

Junior Athlete of the Year – Male
Finalists: Alex de Minaur (Rhodes, NSW), Omar Jasika (Clarinda, Vic), Thanasi Kokkinakis (North Adelaide, SA)....

Source: TA
Can't say these nominations make a lot of sense to me on the face of it - Stosur's surely had a pretty crap year on the whole, and why Hewitt?

Kyrgios makes some sense (no titles or anything, but beating No1 even if half a doz others have now also managed it; QF at W).

But then why has Groth missed out? After all, he actually had a SF run at RG in doubles, collected 5 challenger titles, one tour level plus three tour level finals and also made it into singles top 100! Can only presume its because he is not a member of the TA club:

"The Newcombe Medal is awarded to Australia’s most outstanding elite tennis player for the year. Nominees for the award are selected by an esteemed panel of Australian champions and highly respected individuals in the tennis community. The award is named in honour of the achievements of Australian tennis legend John Newcombe. The Newcombe Medal is a closed award. Nominations and the award recipient are selected by a panel appointed by Tennis Australia."

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Old 10-23-2014, 08:11 AM   #2
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Hewitt Aussie #1, he wins 2 titles (Federer & Karlovic) and he came to the club 30. He wins 600 matches for the career, and updated his record in Davis Cup, but I think that Casey this year will get.
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Hewitt Aussie #1, he wins 2 titles (Federer & Karlovic) and he came to the club 30. He wins 600 matches for the career, and updated his record in Davis Cup, but I think that Casey this year will get.
No 1 only because Kyrgios hasn't played back end of season; Stosur had two titles last year yet they gave it to Hewitt who had none...Not sure what you been by club 30?

Actually I think the relative claims of Kyrgios and Dellacqua are pretty hard to weigh up - neither have won titles, both jumped the rankings big time. In terms of slams, Kyrgios: 2R, 1R, QF, 3R and beats world no 1 in process. Dellacqua 4;2;2;4.

Dellacqua is ranked higher and has done more in doubles (two QFs), but not evident that doubles counts for anything on this front! The women made the Fed cup SF though, whereas men had to escape relegation so that might get her over the line.

What about the juniors? Seems like a hard one too - Thanasi has made such a big jump in rankings and won five top 100 matches, but I'm thinking that junior GS double probably counts a lot. But I've never even heard of de Minaur!
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No 1 only because Kyrgios hasn't played back end of season; Stosur had two titles last year yet they gave it to Hewitt who had none...Not sure what you been by club 30?
Club 30 it's the 30 titles for career. I apologize but after DC, Nick played 1 tournament, Hewitt after DC withdraw from 3 tournament's and the end season. I'm sure Nick will be recognized as the best young player. Newcombe medal will be a choice between Lleyton and Casey.
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Club 30 it's the 30 titles for career. I apologize but after DC, Nick played 1 tournament, Hewitt after DC withdraw from 3 tournament's and the end season. I'm sure Nick will be recognized as the best young player. Newcombe medal will be a choice between Lleyton and Casey.
Nick hasn't been in nominated in the junior category so that's not an option!

Nothing between him and Hewitt rankings wise (15 points!).

On the face of it Hewitt got it last year as a kind of career recognition thing (Stosur's claims were probably stronger at least in terms of Slams, titles won etc) so though ticked over a few more milestones not sure that should really make a huge difference.

And Hewitt didn't get any significant DC wins on the face of it - in fact Kyrgios' win against Istomin was the crucial one, and Kyrgios has two singles wins in DC this yr, Hewitt only 1.
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Nick hasn't been in nominated in the junior category so that's not an option!

Nothing between him and Hewitt rankings wise (15 points!).

On the face of it Hewitt got it last year as a kind of career recognition thing (Stosur's claims were probably stronger at least in terms of Slams, titles won etc) so though ticked over a few more milestones not sure that should really make a huge difference.

And Hewitt didn't get any significant DC wins on the face of it - in fact Kyrgios' win against Istomin was the crucial one, and Kyrgios has two singles wins in DC this yr, Hewitt only 1.
It the fans' arguments. Younger players in Australia loves more, than those who are close to sunset, it is even seen if read Australian newspapers. 15 years ago in the same way compared Hewitt-Rafter. For you, maybe it matters who gets the medal, but for me no. You support all australian tennis, I only one person. Do you understand me?
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Groth is the missing factor here. He should have got some recognition for a stellar season, and improving in the doubles
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A "most improved" category would be nice, it would have been good to see Groth's name somewhere but he wouldn't deserve a nomination for the Newcombe Medal over any of the other names
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Always seems a strange award, anyways Casey should be the winner, there's no contest as far as common sense goes.
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A "most improved" category would be nice, it would have been good to see Groth's name somewhere but he wouldn't deserve a nomination for the Newcombe Medal over any of the other names
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Always seems a strange award, anyways Casey should be the winner, there's no contest as far as common sense goes.
Not obvious to me why Groth doesn't stand up there with the others. Dellacqua's claims are presumably based on improvement too, and in terms of that Groth has not only entered the top 100 this year and performed credibly at tour level in singles (including that Slam match with Federer) but has done extremely well in doubles, taking him to the Oz men's number 1 ranking.

He reached the Semi-Finals at Roland Garros in doubles (further than any other Australian this year, men or women), has has picked up five challenger titles, a tour level title (Bogota), and made three tour level finals (the 500 event at Washington, plus Shenzhen and Moscow). In doubles he has gone from 79 in the world, to 31.

By comparison Dellacqua has jumped higher in nominal ranking but her only title is doubles.

Not all that obvious to me that Dallacqua has stronger claims than Kyrgios either: if you weight their slam efforts by points, he earned more off them than she did (plus beat a world no 1).
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Stosur is only considered to have had a downer because she has set such lofty standards previously. Groth has improved out of sight, but he was coming from a pretty low bar. They should consider only the years efforts. Casey will win it though, I think it will be a slap in the face to the women's game if she didn't. I've always said though it would make sense just to have one award for the men and one for the women. Newcombe-Goolagong Medal or something.
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