Czech stalwarts Lucie Safarova and Helena Sukova were honored for on-court service to their country at the recently-concluded Fed Cup final over the weekend, as each player was presented with the Fed Cup Commitment Awards ahead of the second day of play.
The two Czech players, who contested 75 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas ties and won seven titles between them, were well received at the O2 Arena - home of so much Czech success in recent years - on Sunday before the home nation clinched the final tie against the United States.
The ITF introduced the award in 2016 to recognize players who have been particularly dedicated to representing their nation in Fed Cup. To be eligible for the award, players must compete in a minimum of 20 World Group ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition.
Safarova made her Fed Cup debut in 2004 and played a total of 21 ties. She has been a stalwart of the team in recent years, and was a member of the Czech Republic teams that took home the title in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
The occasion was particularly poignant for Safarova, whose final Fed Cup tie was in the first round of this year's competition. The 31-year-old announced earlier this week that she would retire from tennis after the 2019 Australian Open.
Hall of Famer Sukova, enshrined earlier this year, played 54 Fed Cup ties over 15 years, and holds the record for most total Fed Cup wins by a Czech player.
Having won an incredible 57 Fed Cup rubbers, she appeared in five Fed Cup Finals and helped the team win four of them, in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986.