Storm Hunter (nee Sanders) broke into the world’s top 10 and won her first Grand Slam doubles title during an outstanding 2022 season.
Storm Hunter enjoyed a career-best season in 2022 and has been rewarded with her first Newcombe Medal nomination.
“It feels surreal to be nominated for the Newcombe Medal,” said Hunter (nee Sanders).
“I really wasn’t expecting it, but it really is the cherry on top of a great year for me.”
The resilient 28-year-old won three WTA doubles title to break into the world’s top 10 during 2022, peaking at world No.8 in October. Her triumphs included WTA 500 titles at Adelaide (with Ash Barty) and Berlin (with Czech Katerina Siniakova), as well as a first WTA 1000 title at Guadalajara (with Brazil’s Luisa Stefani).
Hunter also advanced to the Australian Open women’s doubles quarterfinals and US Open semifinals alongside American Caroline Dolehide.
The newly married athlete also enjoyed mixed doubles success as well, teaming with fellow Australian John Peers at the US Open to win her first Grand Slam title.
Hunter then finished a momentous season strongly, beating three higher-ranked opponents in singles to help Australia qualify for the Billie Jean King Cup final.
She is one of seven nominees for the prestigious Newcombe Medal in 2022, alongside Ash Barty, Alex de Minaur, Matt Ebden, Nick Kyrgios, Max Purcell and Ajla Tomljanovic.
“I feel very honoured to be considered among all the other nominees, who have all had incredible years,” said Hunter.
“It’s hard to summarise my feelings, but I’m just immensely proud of myself and my team with the work we have put in to achieve what we have achieved. Not just the results – but also the journey we have been on. (There have been) a lot of ups and downs, but that’s what makes it incredibly worthwhile.”
The winner of the Newcombe Medal will be announced at the Australian Tennis Awards on Monday 12 December.
|Ash Barty and Dylan Alcott
|Ash Barty and Alex de Minaur
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