Please keep it classy, guys. Thanks.
And no, I'm not affiliated to Mr. Černošek in any way, but the guy is running a leading European tennis academy and a world-class talent like Petra is the product of this academy. He has full right to look after his product and protect his investment. Of course, as times goes by, Petra will have more and more say on every detail of her career, whether on- or off-court. Be patient.
They have built the academy from scratch. Before he took over as the CEO, most of the best Czech players came from the Prague area (Navratilova, Mandlikova, Korda, Sukova). Since 1990s, the Černošek-run facility has been the undisputed leader in the country.
Once again, please don't drag the level of this subforum to the level of some GM threads.
I respectfully disagree Petronius. And many of us have or been business people.
As I said to you before, Cernosek has too many hands in the Cookie Jar. Nonetheless, so be it! The real problem (as QPF mentioned) is, Petra's not getting the best management, personell and decisions made at the moment--because of it.
And Paranoia is not good. When is it ever?
Are you serious?
And just because you run a developmental facility, it doesn't mean you "own" a player. Though those type of relationships have existed many times in the past, it doesn't make it any less shady when it currently happens. Managers, coaches and agents, lose talent all the time in entertainment and sports. The problem with THIS relationship is, Csernosek acts like he's the viable TALENT and Petra is the LESSER COMMODITY--when he/she's not! It should never be that way.
QPF is right! Petra could go to any Manager around the world, and nothing would change. You can even make the argument (as QPF alluded to), that living in the Czech Republic, and being under the thumb of a controlling Czech tennis facility owner, tennis event promoter, active politics and her megalomaniac manager, may be too much for her now. Ideally, you would NOT want to learn tennis, currently train, play Czech tournaments, have tennis decisions made and be managed all by the same person. That's just too much. Do you deny this?
I understand that was your Czech pride talking Petronius. And I appreciate and understand it dearly. Great country, with a great tennis tradition. Absolutely. And I know this open discussion may be tough.
Nonetheless, Cernosek can still develop tennis players in his country (though realistically he gets the best of the different age groups), with or with out Petra. By you're logic, every tennis player that's ever rolled through Nick Bollettieri's Tennis Academy, are indentured to him for life. Thank god he doesn't feel that way. I don't even think he even manages people?
And if he ever has, it's obviously not a major focus. He likes to keep that separate, as he should. Good for him!
As I said, the MAIN problem is, Cernosek's got too many hands and people dipping in the Cookie Jar, including Petra's. All this, creates clear conflicts of interest, poor management and decision making, which we see clearly displayed now. If that wasn't the case, none of us would be talking about this currently--even in off season.
Lets be honest here. At the moment the relationship best suits Milos Cernosek, not Petra Kvitova.
Though I know you would not agree, I have no problem with Petra leaving him, if she couldn't exercise more control over her career. And I'm sure encouraging/forcing Petra to play these tournaments (or to at least rushing her to make the decisions publically, if she would have played them anyway), is not making Petra feel any better/happier.
I Have nothing expressly against Cernosek. However, my concern and rooting interest (as 99.9% of the fans) allies with the player--so I can see more great tennis played by her. That's what fans pay to see. And if we notice decisions and conflict of interest that negatively impact that, what else are we supposed to say?
Petra owes him nothing, especially when Cernosek can't separate or suppress his myriad conflict of interest, concerning her tennis decisions.