After 16 straight seasons in the top-100 of the WTA singles list, Samantha Stosur still possesses desire and motivation to compete against younger rivals, especially after that doubles Major title claimed at the Australian Open in January.
On Monday night, the Brisbane native received the Spirit of Tennis Award as a true testimony of her dedication, commitment and incredible contribution for the Australian tennis. Her former coach David Taylor and the Fed Cup doubles partner Ashleigh Barty only had the kindest words for Samantha who will try to stay on the winning trail in 2020 as well, especially in front of the home fans.
"This is a big surprise, I was not expecting to get up here again tonight," said Stosur. "Thank you Dave for what you said, that was absolutely lovely. Like I've said many times, I'm very fortunate to be able to do this for a living and I've loved almost every minute of it.
But it's brought me so much. I really don't know what to say, I'm actually really blown away. This is a special thing for me and I've had a fantastic career. Many people have been a part of that, from coaches and strength and conditioning, physios, friends, family; it's certainly something that you can't do by yourself, and without that support around me there's no way I'd be standing here still being able to do this."
"Sam has genuinely remained unchanged and unaffected by all her success," former coach David Taylor said. "I cannot recall a single training session in the almost eight years we spent together where she did not give 100 percent.
It's a testament to Sam's character that she has enjoyed longevity at the pinnacle of the game. A multiple Grand Slam champion, Sam joins the ranks of Australian tennis greats and is a terrific role model for any aspiring player."
"I don't think I'm leading the way at all, I've got someone sitting next to me right here who has done that for so many years and has been at the very top of our sport," Barty said. "Sam's paved the path for all of us; we've all grown up watching her, we've had the privilege of playing with her, playing against her and I think I'm just doing my best to run off that."