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Alcott, Barty, Millman and de Minaur battle it out for Newcombe Medal

Staff writers, November 13, 2018 8:29AM News Corp Australia Network

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A bust of tennis legend John Newcombe with the Newcombe Medal. Picture: Darren McNamara media_cameraA bust of tennis legend John Newcombe with the Newcombe Medal. Picture: Darren McNamara


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TENNIS: Dylan Alcott, Ash Barty, John Millman and Alex de Minaur will fight out the Newcombe Medal later this month after being short-listed* as finalists.

In what is expected to be one of the most challenging exercises yet for Tennis Australia’s panel to choose a winner, all four have claims to the most prized individual award in Australian tennis.

Dylan Alcott. media_cameraDylan Alcott.
Ashleigh Barty. media_cameraAshleigh Barty.
John Millman. media_cameraJohn Millman.
Alex de Minaur. media_cameraAlex de Minaur.

Alcott claimed his sixth grand slam title with US Open success in September after starting the season on fire at Melbourne Park. The Victorian, 27, won the Newcombe Medal in 2016.

Barty, who won the Newcombe Medal last season, finished an excellent season by adding the WTA Elite Trophy singles title to US Open doubles success with CoCo Vandeweghe.

Millman, 29, reached the US Open quarters with a stunning upset of world No 2 Roger Federer. That success elevated Millman to a career-high mark of No 33 after starting the year at No 128.

De Minaur finished the season as Australia’s top-ranked male after a breakout year.

The 19-year-old was named ATP Tour newcomer* of the year after making the third round at Wimbledon and the US Open.

He was runner-up at last week’s Next Gen Finals in Milan.

“Last year I was fortunate enough to be named Junior Athlete of the Year and to move up the ranks this year and be nominated for the Newcombe Medal is really exciting for me,” de Minaur said.

New Penrith Panthesr coach Ivan Cleary. Picture: Sam Ruttyn media_cameraNew Penrith Panthesr coach Ivan Cleary. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

NRL: The NRL will today discuss adopting anti-poaching* rules in response to the coaching farce of recent months, according to The Daily Telegraph.

NRL chief executives will meet in Sydney this morning to consider a proposal stopping coaches from signing with another club with over a year left on their existing contracts.

That would bring coaches under similar restrictions as players, who cannot be signed until they enter the final year of their contract.

Under the proposal, penalties on rule-breakers would include suspensions for coaches and big fines for clubs.

It would avoid issues such as Ivan Cleary signing with Penrith despite having two years remaining on his Wests Tigers deal.

Will Genia admits the Wallabies players are just as frustrated with their performances as fans. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraWill Genia admits the Wallabies players are just as frustrated with their performances as fans. Picture: Getty Images

RUGBY UNION: Wallabies halfback Will Genia says angry fans are feeling only one-10th of the disappointment the players themselves are feeling after a 10th defeat in 13 games.

The worst year in Wallabies history has sparked huge criticism from rugby supporters in Australia and worse — many simply giving up and tuning out.

These are dark days for the team, leaving Australian rugby on the financial brink.

After losing 9-6 to Wales last weekend, having held a 10-year winning streak over them, beleaguered coach Michael Cheika, the players and the Rugby Australia board have been criticised by the rugby public.

“As much as we play for the jersey, ourselves and what we’re trying to represent we also play for the fans because they’re a big part of the game,” Genia said.

“We do understand their frustration. All I’ll say is that all the hurt they’re feeling, we feel that too.”


short-listed: list of people rules most suitable for a prize

newcomer: a beginner

anti-poaching: acting to prevent something being stolen


1. Who won last year’s Newcombe Medal?

2. Which tennis player finished the year as Australia’s top-ranked male?

3. Which new rule is the NRL talking about introducing?

4. How many matches have the Wallabies lost in 13 games?


After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many wow words or ambitious pieces of vocabulary that you can find in yellow. Discuss the meanings of these words and see if you can use them orally in another sentence.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Which short-listed tennis player would you award the Newcombe Medal to?

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