Aussie stars Ashleigh Barty and Alex de Minaur were co-recipients of the Newcombe Medal at the Australian Tennis Awards, in Melbourne on Monday, for being the country's most accomplished tennis players of 2018. 

Barty, 22, finished the season at a career-high No. 15 in singles—winning two titles, including the WTA Elite Trophy. She cleaned up in doubles by winning championships at the US Open, Miami Open, Italian Open and Rogers Cup. 


What a year! Thank you 2018. Cheers, Alex ????

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De Minaur, still 19, had a breakout season with runs to the finals in Sydney and Washington, and also at the Next Gen Finals. He started the year ranked No. 208 in the world, and finished it at No. 31. 

Casey Dellacqua, who retired from tennis in April, was given the Spirit of Tennis Award.

And Darren Cahill, who coached Simona Halep through her best year yet, won an award for Coaching Excellence. 

Destanee Aiava and Rinky Hijikata, meanwhile, were named Junior Athletes of the Year. 

De Minaur and Barty were the first-ever joint recipients in the Newcombe Award's nine-year history. Perhaps being simultaneous Slam winners is a worthy future goal.