Ashleigh Barty and Daria Gavrilova have both been nominated for the 2017 Newcombe Medal, Australian tennis's highest honor.
The pair are shortlisted alongside ATP stars John Peers, Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson, and the winner will be revealed at a ceremony on Monday November 27.
“We look forward to honouring the contribution of our tennis stars on and off the court at the Australian Tennis Awards," said Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley.
“We recognise the exceptional achievements of our athletes but also celebrate the influence our coaches, clubs, schools, volunteers and communities have had on the game across Australia during the past 12 months.”
Making a return to tennis after an 18-month break in which she played cricket for the Brisbane Heat in the Women's Big Bash League, Barty reached a career-high ranking of World No.17 at year’s end making her Australia's No.1. She won her first WTA singles title in Malaysia in March and beat four top 10 seeds on her way to the final of the Wuhan Open in September.
Gavrilova won her maiden WTA Tour title at the Connecticut Open in New Haven in August, and finished runner-up in Strasbourg and Hong Kong. She ended the year as World No.25.
“I am proud to be part of the Australian tennis family,” Ashleigh Barty said. “Being nominated for the Newcombe Medal is a huge honour for me and something I didn’t think possible in my first year back.”
“I’m really happy to be nominated for the second straight year and I can’t wait to celebrate tennis at the Newcombe Medal, it is always a great night,” Daria Gavrilova said.