Maria-Fernanda Alves was presented with her Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award on Wednesday at the $25k event in Mont-de-Marsan, France.
Alves receives the award following her exploits for Brazil in Americas Zone Group I earlier this year, when she remained unbeaten in the round-robin stage.
The 27-year-old won all three of her round-robin singles rubbers playing in the No. 1 position, defeating Peru’s Jessica Roland-Rosario, Cuba’s Misleydis Diaz-Gonzalez and Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak.
Alves was presented with a silver Baccarat bracelet and a cheque for charity worth $1,000, which she has elected to donate to 'Casa da Crianca – Morro da Penitenciara'.
"I'm very happy to have won the award," said Alves. "It's very important for my career and it's a recognition of the dedication of my work. Also, it's a very valuable initiative of the ITF and BNP Paribas, because it values the players and tournament, Fed Cup, besides putting the public from each country closer to our career."
The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint initiative between the ITF and BNP Paribas. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team.
So far in 2010, Jelena Jankovic and Yanina Wickmayer have been presented with World Group Heart Awards, and Alves, Kimiko Date-Krumm and Katarina Srebotnik have won Zone Group Heart Awards.
At the Final in November, a player from USA or Italy will receive the last Heart Award of the year, following a public vote on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es.