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03 November 2012

Novotna recognised in Prague


Photo: Paul ZimmerJana Novotna (CZE) received the ITF/ITHF Fed Cup Award of Excellence

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: Jana Novotna was presented with the Fed Cup Award of Excellence as part of the opening ceremony at this year's Final.

The Czech star, who contested 33 Fed Cup ties over the course of 12 years, was a key to her team’s success and was recognised as someone "who represents the ideals and spirit of the competition".

Novotna was presented with her award by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Jane Brown Grimes, President Emerita of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, ahead of the start of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final at the O2 Arena in Prague. 

"In addition to being a talented and successful player, Jana Novotna was a leader and role model on and off the court during a pivotal time in her nation’s history," said Ricci Bitti. "She demonstrated great commitment and was an integral member of the Czech Fed Cup team for more than a decade. In appreciation for her contributions to tennis and to Fed Cup, we are proud to present her with the Fed Cup Award of Excellence."

Novotna was a member of the championship Czechoslovakian team in 1988 and helped the team to three other semifinal finishes. Overall, she compiled a winning record of 22-7 in singles and 11-5 in doubles.

In 2005, Novotna was inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in recognition of her tremendous career success. She achieved a career high ranking of No. 2 in singles and No. 1 in doubles, and was the year-end No. 1 in doubles 11 times over the course of her career. Novotna was the Wimbledon champion in 1998, and was a three-time Grand Slam singles finalist.

In addition to her Wimbledon trophy, Novotna won 12 Grand Slam women's doubles titles (four at Wimbledon, three at Roland Garros, three at the US Open, and two at the Australian Open) and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles (two at the Australian Open, one at Wimbledon, and one at the US Open). Known for her dramatic serve and volley game, Novotna won 100 titles (24 in singles and 76 in doubles) during her 14-year career.

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