Tennis star Sam Stosur awarded her third Newcombe Medal

Sam Stosur of Australia poses after winning the Newcombe Medal during the 2012 John Newcombe Medal at Crown Palladium on December 3, 2012 in Melbourne.
Sam Stosur of Australia poses after winning the Newcombe Medal during the 2012 John Newcombe Medal at Crown Palladium on December 3, 2012 in Melbourne. Scott Barbour / Getty Images

SAMANTHA Stosur has won her third cosnsecutive Newcombe Medal.

The 28-year-old said she was delighted to receive the accolade for being Australia's most outstanding player from legend John Newcombe at the awards night in Melbourne on Monday.

"Receiving the Newcombe Medal for a third year in a row is an amazing honour," Stosur said.

Stosur beat off strong competition from Australian No.1 Marinko Matosevic, Lleyton Hewitt and 2011 French Open mixed doubles champion Casey Dellacqua.

The Newcombe Medal is the premier award on a night that recognises service to tennis at all levels -clubs, coaches, players, volunteers, community and officials.

Australian Open 2011 junior boys' champion, Luke Saville won Male Junior Athlete of the Year, and Ipswich's Ashleigh Barty received the Female Junior Athlete of the Year accolade for a third consecutive year.

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