A government prohibition on events in the Czech Republic attended by 100 or more people is naturally having a major impact on sports in the country. The organisers of the two biggest sports leagues, in football and ice hockey, are taking a different approach to the measure introduced to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Tomáš Berdych, who for many years had been the Czech number one
mens' tennis player, is expected to announce the end of his career
sometime during this Saturday. The 34-year-old said he believed it unlikely
he would continue into the 2020 season already in August, after he had been
eliminated in the first round of this year's US Open.
The former world number 4's biggest success was reaching the Wimbledon finals in 2010. He was also on the winning Czech team of the 2012 and 2013 Davis Cup. In recent years, Mr. Berdych has been plauged by hip injuries and is currently 103rd in the world.
Police arrested 28 fans of the Banik Ostrava football club following a riot
after the team lost an away match against Sparta Praha by a score of 0:2 on
The visiting fans attacked local supporters, firefighters and police officers. At least one victim has been hospitalised.
Of those arrested 19 could be charged for disturbing the peace while seven may face charges for instigating a riot.
Tomáš Berdych made a successful return to the tennis courts on Sunday
after a layoff with injury. The Czech, who is 33, beat Italy’s Andreas
Seppi 6-1 3-6 6-3 in the first round of a competition in Winston-Salem in
the US for his first ATP win in almost six months. He entered the
competition as a wild card.
Berdych achieved his highest ranking, fourth in the world, in 2015. He has reached at least the semi-finals of all four Grand Slams but has never won one.
Sparta Prague manager Václav Jílek has accused his players of making
trivial and naive mistakes in defence after a 3:4 defeat at Mladá Boleslav
in Czech football’s First League on Sunday. Sparta have seven points out
of a possible 15 after the first five rounds of the season.
Defending champions Slavia Prague are first on 13 points after a 1:0 win over Jablonec at the weekend. Viktoria Plzen were beaten 2:0 at home by Slovácko; last season’s runners-up have now failed to score in four games.
A fan of the football club Victoria Plzeň has died following a skirmish in
a pub in Kutná Hora. The man died of his injuries on Friday at a hospital
Police say they have identified a suspect in the death of the 36-year-old Plzeň supporter and have filed a motion for his arrest.
The suspect is allegedly a regular at the Kutná Hora pub, where the deceased had been watching his team play a televised away game against a Belgian club.
It is unclear whether football featured in the clash between the two men.