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.
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.
When Jaromír Jágr began playing in the NHL at 18 with rock star hair (which later prompted the slogan Fear the mullet) back in 1990, few knew the talented player would still be playing more than a quarter of a century later. Not only that, but that he would be one of the best to have ever played the game, behind only the Great One Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe on goals. Jágr turned 45 on Wednesday and the future Hall of Famer is showing no signs of slowing down.
At least 10 percent of top-level sportspeople in the Czech Republic suffer from a potentially life-threatening heart condition, suggests a new survey carried out by Prague’s Centre for Clinical and Experimental Medicine. A team of experts from the Department of Preventive Cardiology screened a group of young, mostly male athletes to discover that many of those who appear to be perfectly healthy have a serious underlying health issue.
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: Disappointment for Michal Březina at European Figure Skating Championships, while Fernandez wins men’s title; Ostrava event success, says last Czech world champion Novotný; Šafářová wins “Czech” women’s doubles final in Melbourne; and Karolína Plíšková now world number three.