Struggling to clarify exactly what people are discussing, beyond the "Petra's team is still not making good decisions" bit, which comes across clearly. What is wrong with Cernosek? Who is Cernosek? I presume he's a very rich Czech person, maybe a bit like Rupert Murdoch? Maybe disliked by many in a similar way? It seems that he is involved in Petra's team decisions and people are concerned that he is actually the one making all the decisions. Do people think that this might result in Petra not getting the ideal fitness/conditioning person for her, because the job would go to someone with connections to Cernosek instead? And why do people not want Petra to play extraliga? I had heard that it was common for pros to play a bit of extraliga, and it only lasts about one week right, unlike the regular interclub? My impression of European interclub was that it was very strong and a lot of pros play in France, Germany, Czech rep, but do people think that players as highly ranked as Petra usually do not play? Does Berdych play Czech interclub? I've never followed extraliga but I've heard of it.
Paulmara did a good job capsulizing it. I'll try to give you a little more, with out rambling to long (though I'm sure I will).
Yes, we all know Petra's team has not been making good decisions. And many of us feel that Černošek is at the heart of it.
He's Petra's Manager. But he also runs the Prostojev facility where Petra trains. And he's also involved (as Paulmara noted) in many sports operations, including the Prague 100K, Fed Cup and of course Czech Extraliga.
The reason why people are going nuts about Extraliga: Last year (if you remember) Petra injured her Achilles playing Lucie H. And Petra's team used that as an excuse and a crutch the first half of the year. Remember, Petra skipped Doha to rest her Achilles!? And (unless I'm mistaken), it was during that time she contacted a virus during a Czech blizzard/cold spell, while recuperating her Achilles at home in the freezing Czech Republic, instead of a warm weather climate--which we went nuts about. Needless to say, she missed Dubai as well (though Kotyza claimed they may have sat her out anyway to rest her Achilles) due to the virus.
Petra's coach also explained, that Kvitty couldn't get the proper training and conditioning through out the first half of 2012, cause her Achilles Injury aborted her Pre-2012 training, and it thus had a domino effect throughout the year (they also used this as an excuse for her performance at the 2012 Oz Open in January).
These injuries and ailments (stemming from the Achilles), carried Petra right into Indian Wells, where she was either too weak to finish against McHale, or the weak, recovering Petra caught that infamous stomach virus (as was reported) which just compounded the issue.
So that's why (as Paulmara noted) Extraliga annoys so many. The reality is, Petra could of played it last year. Sure. No biggie. The REAL problem was, Petra played it so hard and took it so seriously (it was a tough match against Lucie H--who was in better playing shape than Petra at the time), she lost and hurt herself.
Playing Extraglia, was part of Petra's training/getting back in tow (as you mentioned/asked). However, neither Petra or her coaches realized it wasn't a Death Match to play at all cost. It was only Pre Pre Pre season preparation for 2012. Petra was barely playing tennis at the time of the match and subsequent injury. Too much pride and competitiveness--too soon,I guess. And just dumb!! Now she's playing in the final again. Will Petra take it so seriously this time (and feel the pressure to deliver in this seemingly innocuous--to us, but PETRA/CZECH PRIDE final)? Or will she see it for exactly what it is: A Pre Pre season warm up--to the REAL SEASON, and nothing more? Stay tuned.
From what I understand, Černošek is not rich like a Rupert Murdoch. That's another guy Petronius can tell you about.
But from what we know/hear, THAT GUY is a crony of Černošek, and is a sponsor of Prostojev and other events as well.
And yes, you said it. We fear that Černošek is too tied into his own Band Of Old Men Czech Network to properly find Petra a world class anything that doesn't come from his network. Correct.
Yes, we fear he's the one making all the decisions (he pretty much says or hints it during his interviews--the guys is so arrogant), not Kotyza, Petra or any senior independent tennis advisers. Keep in mind, Kotyza (cause he's an old Czech, affiliated with the Fed Cup team) was probably hand picked by Černošek anyway. And we just found out that "Sidney" is Petra's agent; another Czech Old Man, who appears to be friendly with Černošek--of course.
To summarize your question: Over the past year, we've all complained (as you know) about numerous things about Petra's team management of her health, schedule, career, game strategy and coaches, specialist and advisers. The main complaint was, it's run like a mom and pop shop, unlike a top tier, world class player and Wimbledon Champ, who's still young and should have the best (or at least competent people around her).
At first we blamed Kotyza (and rightfully so for many things). He should be the one in charge, along with Petra making tennis related decisions. But after hearing some of these Černošek interviews, he made it seem clear, that he's the one that hand picks (which is what many of us expected--we just bit our tongues with out "smoking gun" evidence), the people that Petra and Kotyza actually choose from.
If you remember, Petra only had a part time hitting partner in ADAM--her boyfriend last year. And this year, she's had none. However when Petra prepared for the YEC, she marveled at how much better it was hitting with men. The cruel irony was (besides her not having one all year as a top player), she was actually hitting with Prostojev (Černošek facility) teen, amateur boys when she said it. Why?
Lastly, we always heard from Broadcasters that Petra stays to herself and doesn't really fraternize much with the other players. And we've also heard Martina Nav's complain on air, that Petra doesn't contact her, though she encourages it. Well, we basically figured out (especially after Martina wasn't initially invited to the Fed Cup, cause she's not down with the current Posse in power--connected with Černošek)/know why Petra doesn't speak to Martina or anyone else really?....Černošek, apparently has her on lock down (along with Petra's passive, casual personality aiding and abetting). I'm sure QPF, Paulmara, and maybe even Petronius, can speak and elaborate more on that.
And the list really goes on and on Howard (Prostojev is mostly and indoor facility--with only one--recent outdoor hard court; living in cold weather Czech Republic to practice at Prostejev, etc.) Next time I'll just list them, since I gave the lengthy back ground here, as I was trying to be fair)
So just look at it as another overbearing, incompetent tennis father story. Except this time, just exchange the bad, controlling overbearing Piotr like father, with Petra's manager (and his associated self serving economic, sports and political interest).
Normally I (and I'm sure many other here) couldn't care less who a players management is (good or bad), as long as their winning and the players team is making the right decisions. That's the honest truth (though some of us wondered about Černošek and his Czech ties, when we first heard or him).
Unfortunately, not only does he have clear conflicts of interest, while politely bragging about it. But Petra's team continues to make bone head or perplexing decisions, while her play, demeanor, health, fitness, both professional and personal team-advisers and results continue to suffer (or she has none to speak of), as a result. Better luck next year, I guess.
I hope that helped and explained it?