MELBOURNE, Australia - Ashleigh Barty was named Tennis Australia's Junior Athlete of the Year at the Newcombe Medal Awards on Monday evening.
Alongside doubles partner Casey Dellacqua, Barty, 17, finished runner-up at three of the four majors in 2013 to establish herself as one of the most exciting young talents on the WTA.
Barty, who first rose to prominence in 2011 when she lifted the junior singles title at Wimbledon, teamed up with Dellacqua at the Australian Open in January where they left a trail of seeds in their wake en route to a surprise runner-up finish, before proving this was no flash in the pan by reuniting to repeat the feat at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Barty and Dellacqua, as well as World No.18 Samantha Stosur, were also nominated for the evening's most prestigious award, the Newcombe Medal, which went to the ATP's Lleyton Hewitt.
Also honored at the Crown Palladium was long-time WTA supervisor Pam Whytcross.
Whytcross, who travelled from her home in Port Macquarie to attend the ceremony, saw off competition from John Blom and Thomas Sweeney to win the Excellence in Officiating award.
A former player ranked as high as No.75 in the world, Whytcross has been officiating as a tennis referee and WTA Supervisor for more than 25 years. She is also a regular at each of the Grand Slams serving as a Grand Slam Supervisor and acting as Referee at a numerous Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.
Previous recipients of the Officiating Award include Kerrilyn Cramer and Donna Kelso.
"As well as recognising the achievements of Australia's most outstanding tennis player, the awards celebrate the exceptional accomplishments and contributions of the many tennis communities, coaches, clubs and schools around the country," Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said.