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Tennis Canada – Montreal, July 6, 2018 The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced Friday that Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC) was the recipient of the Heart Award for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas 2018 season. Bouchard earns this honour following her strong performances last April, as she got a perfect record by posting two singles wins in the World Group II play-off against Ukraine. This victory allowed Canada to keep its place among the best 16 nations in the world.

Bouchard was named as one of the finalists alongside Jelena Ostapenko (LAT), Elise Mertens (BEL) and Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK). The players were nominated by a selection committee which included ITF President David Haggerty, several former Fed Cup players, and members of the international press. Bouchard won the Heart Award as a result of a public vote. The award honours players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team. 
With the award, she receives a cheque for $6,000 that she can donate to a charity of her choice. The Quebec native has chosen to make a donation to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation:  https://fondationduchildren.com/en/.
 

During the World Group II play-off against Ukraine at IGA Stadium April 21 and 22, Bouchard first defeated world no. 78 Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 7-5 before overcoming Lesia Tsurenko (no. 41) by a score of 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(5) the following day. Canada won the tie 3-2 after getting the victory in the decisive doubles rubber. This win allows the Canadian team to begin their 2019 campaign in World Group II next February.
 
About Fed Cup
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 98 nations entered in 2018. The competition is 55 years old, having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (Official Bank of Fed Cup). Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor, while beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com and www.fedcup.com/es
 
 
About Tennis Canada
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 9 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 13 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
 
 

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