SINGAPORE - Petra Kvitova has been awarded with the 2014 Diamond Aces Award, presented to the player who consistently goes above and beyond to promote the sport of women's tennis to fans, media and local communities through performing off-court promotional and charitable activities.
This year marks the eighth season in a row that a point-weighted system was used to reward each of the off-court activities performed by players throughout the year at WTA tournaments around the world.
Stacey Allaster, Chairman & CEO of the WTA, was full of praise for the two-time Wimbledon winner: "Petra has had an amazing season on the court, as well as off-the-court. She is a great ambassador for our sport and readily welcomes the opportunity to promote women's tennis around the globe."
"I am really proud to win the Diamond Aces Award for the first time this year," Kvitova said.
"I understand how important it is to promote women's tennis outside the court. I'm happy to do that for this great sport and to give something back. Thanks to the WTA for this great award."
Kvitova's off-court contributions in promoting women's tennis off the court included climbing the Sydney Tower Sky Deck, starring in the Full Of Surprises Travel Show presented by Dubai Duty Free, helping launch the new Stadium 2 in Indian Wells, visiting the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, speaking at the farewell ceremony for Li Na and taking part in numerous All Access Hours.
Allaster presented Kvitova with the Diamond Aces trophy, made by Royal Selangor, a Malaysian pewter manufacturer and retailer that was founded in 1885 and is the largest of its type in the world.
The Diamond Aces Award began in 1995 in memory of former WTA CEO Jerry Diamond. Since then 14 players have won the award: Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Gabriela Sabatini, Amanda Coetzer, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva, Samantha Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka and Kvitova.