International and Czech sports stars turned out for an exhibition event at
Prague’s O2 Arena on Thursday evening at which tennis player Radek
Štěpánek officially ended his career. Current world tennis number two
Novak Djokovic and retired legend Andre Agassi attended the sold-out event,
while such huge names as Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal sent
Also paying tribute to Štěpánek, who stopped playing last November at the age of 38, were football stars Petr Čech and Pavel Nedvěd and ice hockey legend Jaromír Jágr.
Štěpánek’s highest ranking was eighth in the world and he helped the Czech Republic to two Davis Cup triumphs.
Czech tennis player Radek Štěpánek has been officially named the trainer
of former world number one singles player Novak Djokovic.
The announcement was made within three weeks of the two times Czech Davis Cup winner announcing his retirement from the game. The two players, both living in Monoco, are already friends.
Štěpánek said that the agreement of Andre Agassi, who is also training the Serb player, was a key to the agreement that he take up the role. Sidelined by injury, Djokovic intends to start playing again from December 28.
Tennis player Radek Štepánek, the two-time Davis Cup champion who retired
from the game last week, will take on a trainer’s role together with
Andre Agassi to help Novak Djokovic regain his footing in the top 10 on the
ATP trail. Djokovic, a former number 1, is currently 12th in the world.
Štepánek has reportedly already signed a deal; official confirmation is expected in the coming days.
In tennis, two-times Davis Cup winner Radek Štěpánek has officially
announced the end of his professional career. The 38-year-old, a former
eighth best singles tennis player of the world and a bronze medalist in
mixed doubles from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
In 2006, he advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinal. In total, he gained five ATP titles. In doubles, he won two grand slam tournaments. Along with Indian Leander Paes, he was the winner of the Australian Open 2012 and the US Open 2013.
In Sports News this Monday: a sobering defeat for the Czechs in the Davis Cup; a strong women’s team prepares to face Spain in the Fed Cup; second in Bulgaria and second in World Cup rankings for snowboard cross’s Eva Samková; and in ice hockey, Sparta Prague seek to overturn the Swedes on home ice in the Champions Hockey league final.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs take four bronze medals in Rio in two days, including three in tennis; after winning his first Olympics medal in the mixed doubles, veteran Štěpánek says success in Czech colours tops other honours; and rower Synek, who came third in single sculls, concedes he may never top an Olympic podium.
In tennis, Czech team Lucie Hradecká and Radek Štěpánek have won a bronze medal in the mixed doubles at the Olympic Games in Rio and secured a sixth medal for the Czech Republic. The Czech pair defeated their Indian opponents Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna in straights sets in just over an hour; the final score was 6:1, 7:5.