Vote for Sam!
Australia’s top player, Samantha Stosur, who hits a career high of No.7 this week, has again been shortlisted for a Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award, following the World Group II play-off between Australia and Ukraine in April.
This win returned Australia to the World Group for the first time since 2004.
Voting for the Fed Cup Heart award closes today, Monday 17 May, and votes can be lodged at: www.fedcup.com
This is the second time this year Stosur has been nominated for representing her country with distinction, her exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to her team.
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award recognises the outstanding commitment that players give to the competition. This was epitomised during the ties in April, when there were some truly remarkable stories of players making extraordinary journeys to ensure they were able to represent their country, following the travel restrictions caused by the volcanic ash cloud.
“I would like to congratulate the four players who have been shortlisted for the latest Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award. I would also like to encourage all fans to go online and vote, as it provides a fantastic opportunity to reward the skill, effort and character of the players.”
The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint initiative between the ITF and BNP Paribas.
Sam Stosur has been shortlisted alongside Daniela Hantuchova (SVK), Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) and Yanina Wickmayer (BEL), with a public vote currently taking place to decide the winner on FedCup.com and Fed Cup.com/es.
A total of six awards are being presented in 2010. Earlier in the year Jelena Jankovic (SRB), Maria Fernanda-Alves (BRA), Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) and Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) were recognised, and a player will also be honoured at the Final in November.
The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award was launched at the 2009 final, when American Melanie Oudin was the inaugural winner.