Cherrybrook's Jordan Thompson is one of five players in line to be named Australia's best player in the Newcombe Medal on Monday night

Rising star: Jordan Thompson has been nominated as a finalist for the Newcombe Medal for the second straight season. Picture: Rohan Thomson
Rising star: Jordan Thompson has been nominated as a finalist for the Newcombe Medal for the second straight season. Picture: Rohan Thomson

Jordan Thompson is in the running to win Tennis Australia’s highest honour – the 2017 Newcombe Medal.

The 23-year-old from Cherrybrook was named a finalist alongside Australian tennis stars including top-ranked singles players Ashleigh Barty, Daria Gavrilova, Nick Kyrgios and doubles specialist John Peers.

It caps a huge year for the youngster who hit a career high of world number 63 earlier in the year.

“It’s a great honour and I feel privileged to be nominated two years in a row for the Newcombe Medal, especially alongside all these great athletes,” Thompson said.

“I feel as though I’ve had a positive year, and being named the 107th Davis Cup player for my country would have to be my highlight. I wish all of the other nominees the best of luck.”

Australia's Jordan Thompson returns the ball to Belgium Steve Darcis during a Davis Cup World Group semi-final tennis match in Brussels in September. Picture: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

Australia's Jordan Thompson returns the ball to Belgium Steve Darcis during a Davis Cup World Group semi-final tennis match in Brussels in September. Picture: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

The 2017 season has been a boon for Thompson with wins over David Ferrer, Andy Murray and twice defeating American top 20 player Jack Sock.

He played in all four major titles and qualified for the second round of both the Australian Open and the US Open for the first time. 

Thompson also debuted in Australia’s Davis Cup team, helping the country to the semi-finals, and won his first ATP doubles title with Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Brisbane International.

Currently sitting at world number 95, Thompson credited his workout regime with his huge year.

"I'm getting bigger and stronger from working harder in the gym and running around the track trying to get fit and also just growing into my body," Thompson told Fairfax Media last month.

"I'm 23 now so I think I'm probably done filling out but that's helped me get stronger this year and serve bigger and hit bigger, I've just gotten quicker and fitter.”

Jordan Thompson reacts after defeating Jack Sock in the fifth set of their first round match at the US Open in August. Picture: AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Jordan Thompson reacts after defeating Jack Sock in the fifth set of their first round match at the US Open in August. Picture: AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Despite his massive season, Thompson will face some stiff competition for the prize with the nominees winning a Grand Slam doubles title, two tour singles titles and eight tour doubles titles combined in 2017.

The Newcombe Medal will be awarded on Monday, November 27 in Melbourne.

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