“I Can Be No. 1.” O Tennis Star Sam Stosur Named Australia’s Top Tennis Player, Bags John Newcombe Medal


If you think Oakley Tennis Star Sam Stosur has been ‘flying under the radar’ in her rise to stardom…not for much longer.

The amazing Aussie was presented with the inaugural John Newcombe Medal this past weekend – topping worldwide tennis superstars Llyeton Hewitt and Anastasia Rodionova as Australia’s premier player in 2010. The award was an enormous honor for Sam, who has been making enormous waves in the sport as of late.

With this big recognition coming in, tennis fans all across the Globe will now have their eyes locked on her. But she’s known for a while that being No. 1 in the world was more than a dream.

“I’d love to get to that [top] spot and even though six seems pretty close, there is a long way to go before you could ever contemplate being No 1,” said Sam, who rocks her Oakley Commit and Enduring shades at matches. “I believe in myself and my tennis enough that maybe one day it is possible, but it’s not going to happen without doing a lot of things correctly for a long time. I’ve been in the top 10 for nearly a year now and I think that’s a good first step.”

And she’s already shown flashes of her potential.

Sam triumphed over two world No 1’s this year – Serena Williams at the French Open and Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki at the WTA Championships – but she was bogged down later in the year with a right arm injury. Nonetheless, her success while healthy this year all points to one fact. Sam’s not settling for Top 10.

With a sizeable Aussie following and a constantly growing international following, she’s gunning for the pinnacle of the sport. But she knows that hard work and improvement – the factors that have taken her this far – are essential to reaching the Promised Land.

“There are things in my game that I can improve, but it’s a matter of doing it more often. That’s the reason why the players who are No 1, two or three in the world are there, because they can do it 90 per cent of the time.”

And now that she’s that high in the Top 10, facing the best of the best regularly, it feels all that much closer.

“Playing them (No. 1’s) regularly is a huge part towards beating them regularly.”

The Oakley family looks forward to seeing her continue in her rise.


Andrew De Lara


December 06, 2010

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