Sydney - Controversial stars Nick Kyrgios
and Bernard Tomic have been ignored as nominees for the Newcombe Medal - which
rewards Australia's "most outstanding elite tennis player and
Showman Kyrgios, 20, has made headlines for
all the wrong reasons with his sex slur at Stan Wawrinka in August sparking
stinging criticism from fellow players.
Despite reaching his best form, Kyrgios earned
a suspended ban for the comment to Wawrinka and went on to pick up three code
violations in other matches.
Tomic also endured a turbulent year in
which he was arrested in Miami for failing to follow police orders over a
raucous penthouse party and clashed with Tennis Australia, leading to his
suspension from a Davis Cup tie.
But the 23-year-old remains the highest-ranking
Australian in the world at number 18.
The six nominees for the Newcombe Medal are
Sam Groth, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Sam Stosur, doubles stars John Peers and Casey
Dellacqua and wheelchair champion Dylan Alcott.
"It is not just about honouring Australia's
most outstanding tennis player, the awards are about recognising and
celebrating the exceptional accomplishments and contributions of tennis
communities, coaches, clubs and schools around the country," said Tennis
Australia chief Craig Tiley.
The winner will be announced at an awards
ceremony in Melbourne on 23 November.