Following her brilliant performance during the recent tie between Canada and Serbia in April, Leylah Fernandez has been named a finalist for the Heart Award follwing the latest elimination round of the 2021 Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas.
This is the second Heart Award nomination for Leylah, who was also nominated in 2020 after her upset victory over Belinda Bencic (Switzerland), who was ranked no. 5 in the world at the time. This year, Leylah is a finalist alongside Katie Boulter (Great Britain), Magdalena Frech (Poland) and Elina Svitolina (Ukraine).
Important : The winner is decided by a fan vote! You can vote for Leylah now by visiting this link: https://itf.tell-us-what-you-think.com/s3/Billie-Jean-King-Cup-Heart-Award-2021-Play-offs
You have until Friday, May 14 at 7 a.m. to cast your vote.
The winner will be announced on Monday, May 17. This includes a $3,000 prize to be donated to the charity of her choice.
About the Billie Jean King Cup Heart Award
Now in its 12th year and its first as the Billie Jean King Cup, the Heart Award recognizes players who have represented their country with distinction, demonstrated exceptional courage on the court and shown outstanding commitment to their team at the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas. To date, the winners have donated over $200,000 to charities around the world.
In 2021, the nominees were selected by a panel including ITF President David Haggerty, Cup Ambassador Billie Jean King, as well as former players and members of the media.