The ITF today announced a shortlist of four players to receive the last Fed Cup Heart Award of 2013. The award will be presented at the draw for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final in Cagliari, Sardinia on 1 November.
Sara Errani (ITA), Maria Kirilenko (RUS), Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) and Roberta Vinci (ITA) have all been shortlisted for the World Group semifinals award.
The players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel, consisting of ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and a mixture of former players and members of the international media. A public vote, running on 7-28 October, is being held on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es to decide the winner, who will receive a cheque of $10,000 to be donated to their chosen charity.
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The Fed Cup Heart Award is in its fifth year and continues to recognise the outstanding contributions made by players to their country and the competition. Fed Cup is celebrating its 50th birthday in the ITF centenary year, and I would like to acknowledge the efforts of all the players during this time who have helped Fed Cup grow to enjoy the success that it does today.”
The Fed Cup Heart Award is an ITF initiative that was first presented to USA's Melanie Oudin at the 2009 Fed Cup Final. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team. A total of five players will be recognised in 2013. To cast your vote, visit the Fed Cup website
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