ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA -- Lucie Safarova has once again earned the Peachy Kellmeyer Player Service Award while countrywoman Petra Kvitova again picked up the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award, both of which are voted for by their WTA athlete peers.
Safarova has claimed the Player Service Award for the fourth year in a row, recognizing the work she has done to support her fellow players, such as efforts made on the Player Council (which she has been a member of since 2009) and other initiatives on behalf of the general player population.
“Once again, I am truly honored to win the Peachy Kellmeyer Player Service Award for the fourth time,” Safarova said. “It’s a very special feeling to be honored by your fellow players, and it makes me very happy.”
This award has been voted on by players since 1977 and has recognized athletes including Kim Clijsters, Nicole Pratt, Francesca Schiavone, Pam Shriver and Venus Williams.
The second individual award winner, Kvitova, also has a rich history with her accolade, having won the Sportsmanship Award six out of the last seven years.
“I know I have won this award several times, but this year is extra special for me because I missed the first half of the season,” Kvitova said. “We are fighters, we are opponents, but on the other hand we are colleagues as well. So for me, the biggest thing is respect.”
This award highlights a player who conducts herself in a manner fitting of a professional sports figure and observes the rules of fair play, shows respect for others and is gracious on and off the court. Introduced in 1978, previous award winners include Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva, Ana Ivanovic, Lindsay Davenport, Chris Evert and Evonne Goolagong-Cawley.