Fed Cup Heart Award - Maria-Fernanda Alves
27-year old Maria-Fernanda Alves has been awarded the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award for the Americas Zone Group 1 section following an online public vote on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es.
Her nomination and subsequent success in the public online vote comes in recognition of her team spirit, fair play and commitment during the February round-robin Fed Cup ties that Brazil played in Paraguay versus Puerto Rico, Cuba, Canada and the host nation Paraguay. These ties saw Alves notch up a 3-1 win-loss record from the four singles rubbers she played.
The Brazilian, with the exception of 2001, has represented her nation in the Fed Cup each year since making her debut in 2000. She was presented with her award along with a $1000 cheque for her chosen charity Casa da Crianca - Morro da Penitenciaria whilst in France onsite at the $25,000 Mont-De-Marsan ITF Pro Circuit tournament where she is competing as the No. 8 seed.
A regular competitor on the ITF Pro Circuit, the current WTA World Number 239 (she reached 132 in 2005) has a total of eighteen singles and thirty doubles titles to her name, all coming on the ITF Pro Circuit.
"I'm very happy to have won the award, very important for my career it`s a recognition of the dedication of my work. Also very valuable initiative of BNP Paribas, because valued the players, the tournament Fed Cup, the ITF, besides putting the public from each country closer to our career".
The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint ITF and BNP Paribas initiative and was first presented in 2009.
It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to the team during Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.