Barty named Young Australian of the Year

  • Tennis
  • Saturday, 25 Jan 2020

Tennis - Australian Open - Third Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 24, 2020 Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action during the match against Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ash Barty was named Young Australian of the Year on Saturday in recognition of her rise to number one in the world and Grand Slam triumph at last year's French Open.

Barty was her country's first number one women's tennis player since her fellow indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976 when she first reached the top spot in June last year.

"Ash Barty is the world's number one tennis player, a champion athlete and an extraordinary young woman doing our nation proud," said Danielle Roche, who chaired the National Australia Day Council.

"Her achievements are inspiring young Australians to follow their dreams."

Barty is in Melbourne for the Australian Open and will play American Alison Riske on Sunday for a place in the quarter-finals as she continues her quest to give her country a first homegrown champion at the tournament since 1978.

The award, handed out on the eve of the Australia Day national holiday, was also won by Lleyton Hewitt in 2003 - the year after he won his second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; editing by Mark Potter)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Tennis

Novak Djokovic not ready to commit to Australian Open
Tennis-Russian team beat Germany to set up Davis Cup final against Croatia
Tennis-Swiatek splits with coach ahead of 2022 season
Tennis-Djokovic still coy about playing in Australian Open
Tennis-Croatia edge Serbia to reach Davis Cup final
Tennis-Australian Open leaves $71 million hole in Tennis Australia accounts
Tennis-Medvedev puts Russian team into Davis Cup semi-finals
Tennis-Federer must prepare mentally for final match, says Berdych
Tennis-Inspired Djokovic powers Serbia into Davis Cup semi-finals
Tennis-Britain's Konta retires aged 30

Others Also Read