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Ashleigh Barty awarded 2017 Newcombe Medal

Ashleigh Barty (Qld) has won her first Newcombe Medal tonight. Australia’s top-ranked tennis player was awarded tennis’ top honour by legend John Newcombe at the annual awards ceremony at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

The win caps off a breakout 12 months for Barty where she finished the year ranked at No.17. Barty said she was honoured to win the prestigious award.


Six Grand Slam champions in Sydney's women's field, Nishikori headlines men's field

The Sydney International will boast an extraordinary field when it welcomes a record number of Grand Slam champions to the tournament in 2018.

The 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur, and two-time major winner Angelique Kerber, will join seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová, reigning Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko and US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the women’s draw. 


Asia’s best prepare for Australian Open 2018 Wildcard Play-off

A line up of the best Asian tennis players will soon compete in Zhuhai, China, for a huge prize – the chance to play at the Australian Open.

The Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-Off field is taking shape, with 16 men and women competing for that very valuable wildcard, with the potential to kick off - or kick start - their tennis career.


ITF to honour quad wheelchair world champions

The ITF announced today that the quad wheelchair tennis division is to be recognised in its annual list of ITF World Champions. The 2017 ITF World Champions will be announced in December, with the winners presented with their awards at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner held during Roland Garros in Paris on 5 June 2018.

The quad wheelchair world champion will join the men’s and women’s wheelchair world champions as recipients of this prestigious honour, which is awarded to the year-end No.1 ranked player in each division. The ITF also honours men’s and women’s singles and doubles world champions, alongside boys’ and girls’ junior world champions. 


Kokkinakis returns home for the World Tennis Challenge

Adelaide’s very own Thanasi Kokkinakis is set to make his homecoming for the World Tennis Challenge from 8 to 10 January 2018 at Memorial Drive. Kokkinakis will headline Team Australia alongside Mark Philippoussis (Vic), John Peers (Vic) and honorary Aussie Henri Kontinen (FIN).

The popular South Australian hit a career high ranking of 69 in 2015, but his rise was hampered by injury leaving him on the sidelines for almost all of 2016.


Six Grand Slam champions heading to Brisbane

Six Grand Slam champions will headline the 2018 Brisbane International in what’s an incredibly exciting field for the tournament’s tenth event.

Grand Slam champions Rafael Nadal (ESP), Andy Murray (GBR), Garbine Muguruza (ESP), Sloane Stephens (USA), Petra Kvitova (CZE) and Sam Stosur (Qld) lead the superstar line up set to start their summer in Brisbane. 


Kokkinakis awarded Australian Open wildcard

South Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis has been awarded a wildcard into Australian Open 2018. The 21-year-old from Adelaide is looking to start 2018 fresh and ready for a big year on the ATP Tour, after working hard to recover from various injuries that have kept him from completing a full season for the past couple of years.

Kokkinakis said he was incredibly grateful and excited after he got the call from Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, telling him he will be playing at next year’s Australian Open.


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