World number one Ash Barty has capped off an incredible year in tennis by taking home The Don award last night.
The beloved Aussie was recognised as the athlete who’s most inspired the nation, and awarded the Sport Australia Hall of Fame trophy – named in honour of Sir Donald Bradman.
The 23-year-old beat out eight other nominees for the award, including Cooper Cronk and Steph Gilmore.
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Barty says it’s wrapped up an exciting year for her.
“I can’t quite believe it to be honest.
“When I look at my fellow nominees this year and people who have won ‘The Don’ Award before, I feel honoured to be a part of such an inspiring and talented group of Australians,” Barty said on receiving the award.
— Sport Aus HallofFame (@SportAusHoF) October 10, 2019
When reflecting on her extremely successful 2019 – where she won the French Open, and took the world number one ranking – Barty says she couldn’t have done it alone.
“I am so proud of my team and I for what we have achieved. We have worked hard, experienced some amazing highs and lows and enjoyed every bit of the journey.”
“The perfect way for me to finish 2019 would be with a win representing Australia in the Fed Cup, then I’ll be ready to celebrate,” Barty said.