The Award of Excellence, inaugurated by the ITF and International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001, is presented to past and present members of a Fed Cup team who best represent the ideals and spirit of the competition.
- 2014: Helena Sukova (CZE)
- 2013: Corrado Barazzutti (ITA)
- 2012: Jana Novotna (CZE)
- 2011: Anastasia Myskina (RUS)
- 2010: Billie Jean King (USA)
- 2009: Silvia Farina (ITA) and Mary Joe Fernandez (USA)
- 2008: Miguel Margets (ESP)
- 2007: Lea Pericoli (ITA)
- 2006: Sabine Appelmans (BEL)
- 2005: Francoise Durr (FRA)
- 2004: Olga Morozova (RUS)
- 2003: Larisa Savchenko-Neiland (LAT)
- 2002: Virginia Wade (GBR)
- 2001: Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (ESP)
Sukova honoured in 2014
Helena Sukova of the Czech Republic received the 2014 Fed Cup Award of Excellence in Prague.
Sukova’s 13 years as a member of the Czechoslovakia Fed Cup team stands as a record among the team’s members. She helped her nation win four Fed Cup championships (1983, 1984, 1985, 1988), and compiled an impressive personal win-loss record of 57-16, which also makes her the team record holder for Most Total Wins. Sukova has a Fed Cup record of 45-11 in singles and 12-5 in doubles, resulting from 54 ties played.
In addition to her Fed Cup success, Sukova was a strong representative for her home country in all areas of international team competition. She won two women’s doubles Silver Medals at the Olympic Games (1988 and 1996), when partnered with Jana Novotna. In 1989, she teamed with Miloslav Mecir to win the inaugural Hopman Cup for Czechoslovakia.
During her 15-year career Sukova won an impressive 14 Grand Slam titles in women's doubles and mixed doubles. She achieved a career Grand Slam in women's doubles, winning four titles at Wimbledon, two at the US Open, one at the Australian Open, and one at the French Open. She captured a remarkable 69 doubles titles during the course of her career and held the world No. 1 doubles ranking for 68 weeks.
Sukova was also a two-time singles finalist at both the Australian Open and the US Open, and achieved a career high singles ranking of world No. 4.