Christmas came early for Czech tennis fans on Monday with a visit to Prague by tennis great Roger Federer, along with Tomáš Berdych, to promote the inaugural edition of the Laver Cup (named after Australian legend Rod Laver). The new tournament will be held in Prague in September, two weeks after the US Open, pitting six top European players against the best of the Rest. The world, that is.
18 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer who is in Prague after a ten year break on Monday greeted fans on Old Town Square, accompanied by Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych. The tennis star is here to promote the Laver Cup which is to take place in Prague in September. Federer will return to Prague for the event which will be held at Prague’s O2 Arena on September 22 to 24.
In Sports News this Monday: Federer promotes Laver Cup in Prague; local Smutná wins women’s race in fiftieth edition of Jizerská padesátka cross country skiing race; no win for Koukalová on final day of successful Biathlon World Championships; and abuse of African Sparta player dominates headlines as league returns.
The Czech Republic have beaten Spain in the first round of tennis’s Fed Cup in Ostrava. The Czechs achieved an unassailable 3:1 lead in the best of five tie when Barbora Strýcová, who had lost the opening rubber, beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-4 6-4 on Sunday. The Czechs have dominated the Fed Cup in recent years and lifted the title in November for the third time in a row and the fifth time in six years.
The Czech Republic are tied 1:1 with Spain in the first round of tennis’s Fed Cup in Ostrava. Barbora Strýcová was beaten 0-6 6-3 1-6 by Garbine Muguruza in the opening singles rubber in Ostrava on Saturday afternoon. However, world number three Karolína Plíšková drew the hosts level after beating Lara Arruabarrena 6-4 7-5. The Czechs have dominated the Fed Cup in recent years and lifted the title in November for the third time in a row and the fifth time in six years.
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 tennis, Czech women’s doubles pairing Lucie Hradecká and Kateřina Siniaková lost in the final of the Taipei tournament. The went down 4:6, 2:6 against local favourites Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan. The sisters were the number one seeds. The Czech pairing, who were seeded second, still have to win their first doubles title together.
In tennis, the Czech team finally lost in the Davis Cup to Australia 1:4. Jiří Vesely picked up the sole point for the visitors with a 3:6, 7:5, 6:3 win against doubles specialist Sam Groth. In the last match Jan Šátral lost 6:7, 2:6 against Jordan Thompson. The tie had already been decided after the doubles when the Czechs went 3:0 down. They will now face play-offs against other first round losers to remain in the top 16 World Group.
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