Czech men’s number one singles player Tomáš Berdych has dropped out of the top 10 rankings for the first time in six years after a number of defeats and injury. The drop to 11th place follows a month’s lay off due to injury, absence from the US Open, and a series of losses in October. Croatia’s Milan Čilič moves up to 10th spot in the singles ranking and is set to play in the season ending Masters’ tournament.
Czech tennis player and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová has slipped to 13th spot in the WTA rankings, down from 11th spot. The player lost a chance to secure 730 points by failing to qualify for this year’s WTA Finals. Fellow Czech player Karolína Plíšková, currently in fifth spot, will play in the prestigious tournament for the first time. In men’s tennis, Tomáš Berdych has slipped to 10th spot in the ATP rankings.
The Prague-born tennis legend Martina Navrátilová is today celebrating her 60th birthday. Navrátilová, who received political asylum in the United States at the age of 18 and became a US citizen in 1981, won 18 Grand Slam titles in a glittering career. She holds the records for the most singles and doubles titles in tennis’s open era. Navrátilová has been outspoken on a number of political issues, including lesbian and gay rights.
Czech Fed Cup team captain Petr Pála on Wednesday announced the nominations for the finals of the women’s team event in which the Czech Republic will play France. Pert Pála selected Petra Kvitová and Karolína Plíšková for the singles while Lucie Hradecká and Barbora Strýcová will play the doubles. The finals are scheduled for November 12 and 13 in Strasbourg, and the Czech team will attempt to get a fifth title in the past six years.
Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková has moved up to fifth spot in the WTA rankings, the highest position she has held so far in her career. She moved up one spot in the rankings despite not getting to the final stages of the WTA tournament in Beijing. Fellow player Petra Kvitova, two-time Wimbledon champion, is currently outside the Top 10, in eleventh spot. She will not feature in this year’s WTA Finals after appearing five times in a row, news website idnes.cz reported.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has won her first WTA tournament this year, declassing Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 6:1, 6:1 at the Wuhan Open in China. It is her first WTA triumph since last August. Fellow Czech player Lucie Šafařová with partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands, won the doubles in the Wuhan Open, meaning that Šafařová will qualify this year for the prestigious WTA Finals.
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