Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/16/14

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 11: Feliciano Lopez of Spain returns a shot against compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez during day one of 2009 Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
The ITF launched the Davis Cup Commitment Award at the 100th Davis Cup Final between Czech Republic and Spain at the O2 Arena in Prague.   This new award has been conceived as part of the ITF’s 2013 Centenary celebrations, and will be presented by the ITF to Davis Cup players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition. Each award recipient will have competed in a minimum of 20-home-and-away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition (including zone group events) over their career.   The ITF presented the first seven trophies to players in an on-court presentation before today’s Davis Cup Final doubles rubber. The recipients included Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli, who holds the overall record of 66 home-and-away ties; and Domenico Vicini of San Marino, who is the record holder for number of ties at all levels with 87.   Manolo Santana, who played a record 46 ties for Spain, received a trophy alongside compatriots Juan Gisbe...
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