The Davis Cup Commitment Award was launched as part of the ITF’s Centenary celebrations so it only seems fitting that the first man to fulfil the requirements in the year the world governing body of tennis turns 100 has also reached a landmark figure.
Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja became the 300th man to win the Commitment Award when he played in his 20th Davis Cup tie in February’s Europe/Africa Zone Group I loss to Poland.
The 26-year-old from Kranj was the only new addition to the list of players who have been deemed to “show long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition” and now joins a prestigious list of men to have earned the Commitment Award.
The Award was conceived as part of the ITF’s 2013 Centenary celebrations and was launched at the 100th Davis Cup Final in 2012. All recipients are recognised on an honours board at the ITF headquarters.
The record holder for the most ties played in all levels of the competition is Domenico Vicini from San Marino, who played a total of 87 ties. With 66 ties played, Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli heads the elite list of players who have competed in 20 home or away ties for their country.
There are currently nine players who could reach the Commitment Award cut-off if they feature in one more Davis Cup tie.
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