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Very well deserved, in my opinion. You couldn't hope for a more committed pair for Fed Cup.

---<br />Spaniards honoured for Fed Cup service <br /> By Ossian Shine

November 08, 2001

LONDON (Reuters) - Spain's Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario are set to add another award to their impressive collections when they are honoured for their services to the Fed Cup.

The International Tennis Federation and the International Tennis Hall of Fame have launched the new Award of Excellence.

The honour will go to Fed Cup team members who represent the ideals and spirit of the competition.

Each year the winner must be a member of a past or present Fed Cup team, and must be from the country or region where the final is being held.

The two 29-year-olds will receive their awards at the Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I during the Fed Cup World Finals in Madrid on Saturday.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Sanchez-Vicario's debut in the women's team competition.

In the 1990s, Sanchez-Vicario and Martinez were the driving forces in all five of Spain's Fed<br />Cup-winning teams (1991, '93,'94, '95, '98).

As part of the most successful Fed Cup team in the last 10 years, Sanchez-Vicario had compiled a<br />63-25 record in 51 career ties until this year, while Martinez had played in 46 ties with a 60-19 record.

The pair teamed up to form a formidable doubles partnership, compiling an 18-3 record, including a<br />three-set victory over Americans Gigi Fernandez and Zina Garrison to lead Spain to their first Fed Cup Championship in 1991.

Germany wrested the title from them the following year but Spain bounced back, winning another three<br />on the trot against Australia and back-to-back triumphs over the U.S.

Spain's last victory was in 1998 when they beat Switzerland for the title in Geneva.
 

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Well deserved. Congrats to CONCHI and Arantxa.
 

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Congrats Conchita & Arantxa!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
 

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Congrats Conchita & Arantxa <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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CONGRATULATIONS CONCHITA AND ARANTXA!! NOW GO AND WIN THE DAMN THING!!!
 
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