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7 Good Sports at the 2019 Australian Open

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Five-set matches, long rallies and hot summer days – the Australian Open is one of our favourite times of the year at Good Sports.

Being a good sport in Australian tennis isn’t always easy. Tennis is a sport that promises individual glory, but often delivers serious pressure, harsh media criticism and trying moments. We love getting behind the Australians as they dare to dream on their home turf – of course, we love them even more if they’re good sports!

 

1. ASHLEIGH BARTY

The 2019 Australian Open is already shaping up to be the ‘Barty Party’. Ashleigh Barty’s best Grand Slam singles performance to date, with the world No. 15 already through to the quarter finals after an impressive victory against 5 time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova. Cricket star, Top 20 Tennis Player – is there anything Ashleigh can’t do? Hot off an amazing 2018 of tennis including a Grand Slam doubles title at the US Open, Barty’s ready to go toe-to-toe against some big names on the court this Summer. Hailing from Ipswich, Queensland, Ashleigh is a team player and known for her good sportsmanship and calm under pressure. We can’t get enough of Ash making her mark on Rod Laver Arena this January.

 

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2. John Millman

Being a good sport isn’t all about the wins. It’s about how you handle yourself in the tough moments too. After defeating Roger Federer at the 2018 US Open, John Millman was set for a big tournament. But after losing a five set heartbreaker in the singles and a first round loss in the men’s doubles in the space of a few days, Millman displayed strength of character and graciousness in defeat. Born in to a big family in Brisbane, John’s father Ron was the owner of the local tennis centre. We love that John still plays for the love of it, chasing success but also having a laugh when things don’t go his way.

 

3. Nick Kyrgios

Perhaps Nick Kyrgios is not your first thought when the term ‘Good Sport’ comes to mind. But to be fair, Kyrgios faces a fair bit of scrutiny from the media, and in recent times has chosen to respond with wit and gentle humour…


His first round loss against Raonic last week would have perhaps triggered a classic Kyrgios-chair umpire exchange in the past, but he kept his cool throughout the game. All in all he’s a young man growing up in the tennis spotlight, it isn’t an easy road and he’s showing more and more that he’s got a positive outlook and passion for his chosen sport.

 

4. THANASI KOKKINAKIS

Coming in to his fourth Australian Open, Thanasi has won hearts with his good sportsmanship, humour and tennis talent. Returning from injury, it was always going be a tough comeback for the Adelaide local, and after making it through qualifiers and winning the first set in the first round, he was forced to retire from a pectoral strain. He handled this tough situation bravely and will undoubtedly be back in fighting form for the next summer of tennis.

 

5. ALEXEI POPYRIN

It’s been an amazing first Australian Open performance for 19-year-old up and comer Alexei, making it to the third round of his second Grand Slam. His second round victory over 7th seed Dominic Thiem was an absolute display of sportsmanship as his opponent was forced to retire from injury. You can still catch him in the men’s doubles with Aussie doubles partner Blake Ellis.

 

6. ALEX DE MINAUR

When it comes to sportsmanship, Alex De Minaur is certainly the man. The 19 year old has quickly become an ambassador for Australia’s tennis representatives, reaching the Top 30, and kicking off 2019 with a win at the Sydney International. De Minaur is currently Australia’s top player, and handles tough exchanges against the world’s top players with resilience and class. His 3 set loss against Nadal last week was undeniable proof he remains a good sport under any circumstance!

 

7. SAM STOSUR

Our final favourite is the super Sam Stosur! An Aussie Open veteran and Grand Slam Champion, Sam always gives her all at her home event. We’re excited to see her team up with Zhang Shuai in the doubles, already through to the Round of 16. Young tennis players could learn a lot from this legend’s grace and modesty on court – a true good sport!

 

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