Oudin Wins First Annual Heart Award
This morning, US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin was awarded the first annual Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award, given to a player who has represented her country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to her team during the 2009 Fed Cup competition. Oudin won the award via a public vote on the Fed Cup website and received a unique heart bracelet along with $5,000 which she is donating to Children’s at Egleston in Atlanta. Alexa Glatch of the United States and Italy’s Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone were the other finalists.
“I’m so honored to be part of the U.S. Fed Cup team and winning the Heart Award makes it that much more special for me,” said Melanie Oudin. ”This year has been such an amazing year, and it is really wonderful to be able to donate $5,000 to Children’s at Egleston - an organization that helped save my little sister’s life.”
Below is a photo of Melanie receiving the check alongside Lucy Garvin, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA, and Francesco Ricci Bitti, President, ITF.
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