World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty admitted she feels honored to be nominated for the Newcombe Medal. Barty, who captured her maiden Wimbledon title this year, is now in contention to win her fourth Newcombe Medal. Barty appeared in just 13 tournaments this season but still had an outstanding season as she won each of the five finals in which she participated.
“I feel honoured to be nominated,” Barty said, per Tennis Australia. “I’m proud of the year my team and I have had and the work we put in. To be recognised by the Australian tennis community with this nomination is special”.
Barty returned to Australia early
Barty played her last tournament of the 2021 season at the US Open, where she suffered a shock loss to Shelby Rogers in the third round. “It’s definitely been nice to have some time at home after such a long year,” Barty said.
“I did feel rested until preseason started a few weeks ago!” Barty is doing everything he can to be as prepared as possible for the Australian summer of tennis. Barty took a good break before kicking off her preparation for the 2022 season.
“This week, tired!” Barty admitted when asked how she is feeling after resuming her training. “I’ve been working hard on and off court, doing everything I possibly can to get ready for January. The first few weeks of preseason are always tough physically."
Barty finished the year ranked at No. 1 in the world for the third consecutive year. “I am proud I was able to finish the year at No. 1, especially after the challenging and unpredictable season,” related Barty. “Being away from home for so long was really tough for not only me but my whole team, everyone made sacrifices which I’m very grateful for. We went into 2021 knowing it was going to be an adventure and it definitely was, I wouldn’t change it."