Though I would say I am reasonably familiar with Czech culture and history, I must admit that I often have to scratch my head a bit - and consult the internet - whenever we feature a new question in our Radio Prague monthly quiz. The subject of the most recent competition - the remarkable prize-winning tennis, ice hockey and football player Karel Kozeluh - was certainly somebody I should have been familiar with, and I learned about his amazing career with fascination.
Tomas Berdych, Jiri Novak, Martin Damm and Jan Hernych were named on Thursday to play in the Czech Republic's Davis Cup world group clash with the Netherlands from September 22-24. Novak, 31, was a surprise inclusion after missing six months to May this year due to an ankle injury. At the time of his injury he had considered retiring from the sport but he proved at the US Open he was back to his best, reaching the fourth round where he lost to world number two Rafael Nadal on Monday. One player not fit to make the team, though, was Radek Stepanek, who has an injured back.
In Sports News: the Czech football team get off to a good start in their bid to reach Euro 2008, with two debutants shining in a 2:1 win over Wales, though Wales manager John Toshack believes match officials made serious mistakes; Sparta Prague appoint their 16th boss in 13 years - former star player Michal Bilek; two Czech singles players start the second week at tennis's US Open; and Czech women's record holder Barbora Spotakova wins the javelin at the last Golden League meeting of the season.
Today we reveal the answer to our August question and announce the names of the four lucky winners who will receive small prizes from Radio Prague. We quote from e-mails sent by: Catherine Kraina, Howard Golden, Paul R. Peacock, Zenon Teles, Constantin Liviu Viorel, Christine Takaguchi-Coates and Marcel Voracka.
While Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic has withdrawn from singles
play at the Rogers Cup in Montreal due to shoulder pain, two tennis
stars with Czech roots have advanced in the tournament. Martina Hingis
has reached the women's semifinals in singles play, with a victory over
Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, 7:6, 6:3.
And in doubles play, Martina Navratilova and her Russian partner Nadia Petrova are through to the semifinals with a victory over the number-one seeded team of Zi Yan and Jie Zheng of China, 6:4, 3:6, 6:4.
Nicole Vaidisova has pulled out of her quarterfinal match against
Australian Nicole Pratt in Montreal because of pain in her right
shoulder. The rising 17 year-old Czech tennis star says that she
decided to withdraw from the Rogers Cup and favor rehabilitation for
her shoulder ahead of the US Open in New York. It is the second time
this year that Ms. Vaidisova has been bothered by her right shoulder,
but she expects to be in good shape for the US Open.
Meanwhile, Czech-born American tennis legend, Martina Navratilova, continues her successful run in women's doubles in Montreal. Navratilova and her Russian doubles partner, Nadia Petrova, secured a spot in the quarter-finals with a 7:6, 6:1 victory over Gisela Dulko and Corina Morariu late on Thursday.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic picks up one gold and one bronze medal at the Slalom Racing World Championships in Prague, though the country's best known kayaker Stepanka Hilgertova is disappointed with fifth place; swimmer Yvetta Hlavacova sets a new women's world record for swimming the English Channel; tennis star Nicole Vaidisova is now ranked ninth in the world; Jiri Welsch is forced to leave basketball's NBA; and Liberec and Mlada Boleslav win ahead of their Champions League ties this week.
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