Anastasia Myskina Honored with Fed Cup Award of Excellence

Anastasia Myskina Honored with Fed Cup Award of Excellence

NEWPORT, R.I., U.S.A., November 7, 2011 - The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) are pleased to announce that Anastasia Myskina of Russia is the recipient of the 2011 Fed Cup Award of Excellence. The award was presented by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Jane Brown Grimes, president emerita of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, on Saturday, November 5 in Moscow, during the 2011 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final between Russia and the Czech Republic.

"Anastasia Myskina has been a great factor in the success of the Russian Fed Cup team and an inspiration for the growth of tennis in Russia," said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. "In recognition of all that she has achieved and in appreciation for her contributions to the sport and to Fed Cup, we are proud to present her with the Fed Cup Award of Excellence."
  
Each year since 2001, the ITF and the Hall of Fame have presented the Fed Cup Award of Excellence to a person who represents the ideals and spirit of the Fed Cup competition. It is presented to a person who has been an active member of a past or present Fed Cup team. Myskina has contested 11 Fed Cup ties, and was a member of the 2004 and 2005 championship teams. She compiled a winning record of 14-5 in singles and 4-1 in doubles.
 
In addition to her important contributions to the Russian Fed Cup team, Myskina was one of Russia's first highly successful female players, and was named ITF Women's World Champion in 2004. That year, she won the Roland Garros singles title, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to win a Grand Slam event. The victory advanced her WTA ranking to world No. 3, and she became the first Russian female tennis player to reach the top-3 in the history of the WTA rankings. In September 2004 she reached a career high of world No. 2.
 
Myskina won a total of 10 singles titles and 5 doubles titles in her career, and had a career win-loss record of 355-191. From 2002-2006, she finished each season ranked within the world top-20. She stopped playing competitively due to injury in 2007.
 
Past recipients of the Fed Cup Award of Excellence are American Billie Jean King in 2010; Mary Joe Fernandez of the United States and Silvia Farina of Italy in 2009; Miguel Margets of Spain in 2008; Lea Pericoli of Italy in 2007; Sabine Appelmans of Belgium in 2006; Françoise "Frankie" Dürr of France in 2005; Olga Morozova of Russia in 2004; Larisa Savchenko of Latvia in 2003; Virginia Wade of Great Britain in 2002; and Spain's Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Conchita Martinez in 2001.
  
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About the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide, and enshrining tennis heroes and heroines with the highest honor in the sport of tennis- induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In 1986, the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis, officially recognized the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum as the sport's official Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on a six-acre property that features an extensive Museum chronicling the history of the sport and honoring the 220 Hall of Famers; 13 grass tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility that are open to the public and to a club membership; a rare Court Tennis facility; and an historic 297-seat theatre. Annually in July, the venue hosts the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Van Alen Cup, an ATP World Tour event. The buildings and grounds, which were constructed in 1880 by McKim, Mead & White to serve as a social club for Newport's summer residents, are renowned for their incredible architecture and preservation. The facility was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is supported by Official Partners including BNP Paribas, Campbell Soup Company, Chubb Personal Insurance, Kia Motors and Rolex Watch USA. For information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and its programs, call 401-849-3990 or visit us online at www.tennisfame.com.
 
About Fed Cup by BNP Paribas
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in women's sport, with 81 nations taking part in 2011. The event was established in 1963 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ITF. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Turismo Madrid (Official Tourist Destination) and BoscoSport (Official Clothing Sponsor) are international sponsors, and Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) is an international partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com and www.fedcup.com/es


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