Roger salutes Barty's triumph

MAJOR WINNER: Australia's Ashleigh Barty poses with the trophy during a photo call at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. Barty won the French Open tennis tournament women's final on Saturday June 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

MAJOR WINNER: Australia's Ashleigh Barty poses with the trophy during a photo call at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. Barty won the French Open tennis tournament women's final on Saturday June 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Hunter tennis academy assistant Roger Lee has witnessed many of his sport's finest feats from afar throughout his 23 years of coaching.

Between Australia's dominant Davis Cup era, many memorable major finals and the odd Olympic battle every four years the Singleton based coach admits current spectators have been spoilt for choice when witnessing the champions of the modern day era.

And another chapter was added on Saturday night when Australia's Ash Barty mastered Marketa Vondrouov (Czech Republic) 6-1 6-3 in the 2019 French Open women's final.

"I was very pleased that we finally had a woman in the final and then finally won," Lee told the Singleton Argus after following the tournament.

"She thoroughly deserves it because she's an exceptional player."

LOCAL IDENTITY: A still from Roger Lee's congratulatory message on the Singleton Argus facebook page.

LOCAL IDENTITY: A still from Roger Lee's congratulatory message on the Singleton Argus facebook page.

The win saw the 23-year-old Queenslander pocket $3,738,650 in prize money before climbing to No.2 in the world on Monday behind reigning Australian and US Open champion Naomi Osaka (Japan).

Lee has since predicted her climb to continue.

"Once Serena Williams was knocked out I knew she (Barty) would be a chance because she will be as good as Williams in the years to come," he continued.

"She has the type of game that won't break down easy; it's not very physical but a nice smooth all around game.

Ultimately, the most unique element of Barty's journey compared to recent major winners remains the period in 2016 when she put her racquets away and swung a bat for the Brisbane Heat (cricket side).

Whether the reason were due to homesickness or mental exhaustion the bold move paid off for the Ipswich born ace.

"Just about everyone that leaves the sport and comes back then struggles badly because its very tough to come back," he continued.

"So for her to do that was just incredible but she's an all round sportswoman and I'm just happy for her.

"And we finally have a nice individual player who respects everyone unlike some of the men that we have and I don't think I have to tell you who they are."

Howe Park Tennis Club member Ross Thompson added, "It was just wonderful for older tennis players to watch her play the past few weeks because she just has all the shots."

"Some tennis players these days can be a bit one dimensional but she has the ability to slice, come over the ball, she has variation and she thinks her way around the court so it's wonderful to watch her play."

While many of Singleton's local sporting heroes nursed hangovers from the long weekend the members of Howe Park continued to pace up and down the courts until the later hours of Monday evening.

Perhaps our region we will unearth the next Ash Barty in the years to come?