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Ash Barty’s Newcombe Medal shot at risk after virus surge


#Ongoing and changing coronavirus restrictions could impact #Ash #Barty’s shot at winning four consecutive #Newcombe #Medals. (#Photo by #Daniel #Pockett/Getty #Images)

COVID-19 threatens to rob #Ashleigh #Barty of a place in the tennis history books as the first player to capture four consecutive #Newcombe #Medals.

#In any other year, #Barty would have been a shoo-in to be crowned #Australian tennis’s most outstanding performer despite stellar seasons also from #Alex de #Minaur, #John #Millman and #Jordan #Thompson.

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#Barty successfully retained her season-ending world #No.1 ranking after landing her eighth career title in #Adelaide in #January before reaching the #Australian #Open semi-finals under intense pressure as the top-seeded big local hope.

#But the coronavirus pandemic forced officials to abandon #Tennis #Australia’s night of nights, usually staged at #Melbourne’s #Crown #Casino at the start of #December.

The country’s biggest stars normally trade sweaty tennis attire to showcase their glamorous best on the red carpet.

#Barty, the 2019 #French #Open and WTA #Finals winner, would have been a hot favourite to claim her fourth straight “#Newk” and eclipse #Samantha #Stosur’s hat-trick from 2010-12.

#Tennis officials are still hoping to somehow award the #Newcombe #Medal, possibly during the rescheduled #Australian #Open in #February, but have yet to announce any plans.

#It would be a cruel blow for the 24-year-old #Barty if they don’t, especially after the AFL’s #Brownlow #Medal, rugby league’s #Dally M #Medal and rugby union’s #John #Eales #Medal were all awarded this year despite the coronavirus restrictions.

#Barty, who has opted to play doubles with #American #Jennifer #Brady at the 2021 AO, would have faced worthy challengers for the top gong, with de #Minaur, #Millman and #Thompson also certain to have been short-listed finalists.

#De #Minaur’s standout season to rival #Ash #Barty

#De #Minaur, who shared #Newcomble #Medal honours in 2018 with #Barty, continued his upward spiral with a career-best grand-slam charge to the US #Open quarter-finals to finish the year as world #No.23 and ahead of #Nick #Kyrgios as #Australia’s top-ranked male for a second straight year.

#In addition to going within a couple of aces of conquering #Roger #Federer at a grand slam for the second time in #Melbourne in #January, #Millman finally captured his maiden ATP title in #Kazakhstan in #November.

The 31-year-old was closing in on a first-time seeding at a major before COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the 2021 summer schedule.

#Ranked 38th and now with only one lead-up event before next year’s #Open, #Millman has been denied that opportunity to clinch a top-32 seeding.

#Thompson climbed to a career-high #No.43 in the world in 2020, crowning his excellent year with a first-time grand slam fourth-round appearance in #New #York in #September and also teaming with #Millman to help #Australia to a #Davis #Cup qualifying win over #Brazil in #March.

#Wheelchair ace #Dylan #Alcott would also have been a likely finalist after landing his 10th and 11th grand slam quad singles titles in #Melbourne and #Paris.

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