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Let me first say that I never had,and still don't have,any animosity towards Big Masha,but I'm a little surprised that some Petra fans continue harping on the skepticism that preceded the Wimby final.My thinking is,"Forget About It;It's Over!"...it might not be a great analogy,but imagine people in Heaven complaining about the nasty folks who tormented them on earth...and are probably burning in hell right now.The thing is,Petra PROVED herself so why worry over FORMER obstacles that she's already overcome.To my way of thinking,Petra's next hurdle is that second Slam and,when she wins THAT,she'll instantly place herself in a more elite group of confirmed champions

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Q Tell me about Petra Kvitova´s team. How many people ?

My coach David Kotyza of course. Condition trainer Josef Ivanko. This is my team. PR team is Zdeněk Duplák and Karel Tejkal and my manager from M Sport Mr Černošek

Q Is it your family ?

I would say coaches for sure. Well I don´t know if I would say family but very good friends we can say.

Q I ´ve talked to many tennis players. I got a feeling that tennis is a lonely sport. You are cut from your family and you coaching stuff is all you have. Do you have friends in tennis circuit ?

We get along very well with girls from the Czech republic We go for dinners sometimes. Fed Cup makes our connection stronger, We have very good team spirit. About the others I have a friend from Switzeraland for exmaple. When you want you will find friends there.

Q So the loneliness is not bothering you like the others?

Of course it does. Sometimes in a hotel room I have nothing to do, I watch movies and I would like to be somewhere with someone and talk. So it is both ways.

Q But it is not an issue

No, It is a fact. You can not change it .It is the same like travelling. Sometimes you don´t like going 2 hours to the airport and from the airport.. but it si part of the deal.

Q Aren´t you afriad you will have no home ?

No I m not afraid. Since my childhood I m at home in Fulnek. Now I have my second home in Prostějov.
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Q Tell me about Petra Kvitova´s team. How many people ?

My coach David Kotyza of course. Condition trainer Josef Ivanko. This is my team. PR team is Zdeněk Duplák and Karel Tejkal and my manager from M Sport Mr Černošek

Q Is it your family ?

I would say coaches for sure. Well I don´t know if I would say family but very good friends we can say.

Q I ´ve talked to many tennis players. I got a feeling that tennis is a lonely sport. You are cut from your family and you coaching stuff is all you have. Do you have friends in tennis circuit ?

We get along very well with girls from the Czech republic We go for dinners sometimes. Fed Cup makes our connection stronger, We have very good team spirit. About the others I have a friend from Switzeraland for exmaple. When you want you will find friends there.

Q So the loneliness is not bothering you like the others?

Of course it does. Sometimes in a hotel room I have nothing to do, I watch movies and I would like to be somewhere with someone and talk. So it is both ways.

Q But it is not an issue

No, It is a fact. You can not change it .It is the same like travelling. Sometimes you don´t like going 2 hours to the airport and from the airport.. but it si part of the deal.

Q Aren´t you afriad you will have no home ?

No I m not afraid. Since my childhood I m at home in Fulnek. Now I have my second home in Prostějov.

Q This year your made 53 millions Czech crowns. You are a rich bride
I didn´t know this number

Q Have you been proposed ?

Not yet

Q Never in your life ?

No, well when I was a kid

Q It doesn´t count.

So it was like asking for having acup of coffee with me or asking for date , but no marrige.

Q I asked this question to know how much you have to spend to have good results?

You have to pay all air tickets. Business class is better for reults, we tried it before Australia.

Q You can sleep

You can sleep and it ´s 3 days for better regeneration and it s much quicker. You pay coaches, but it s not like it sometimes seems , you have to pay taxes , pay taxes everywhere and you have to pay to your managers , Is seems like big sum of money,but if you discount everything there is another sum , but to be honest right now i dont care much about moeny. I have it on my accounts but don t do anything with them.

Q Also you don ´t have time to spend it . but you have some girls dreams ?

I bought a flat last year , my car is from a sponsor (note i guess the famous skoda suberb) so i don t need anything to buy . I have no girls dream . Maybe after I will finish my career I will buy a house ( note she uses diminutive for house not Dům - domeček so i guess not wiiliams´ mansion ) I really Don t know.

Q Maybe somethin for your parents, you know something like a garden for your mother or a car for your father

Well i was thinking about it too, but my parents alwas said we liked this flat , we wanted stay here and who would take care about a house my mother would say. My parents are not for these things.

Q Prize money for men and women are different . Would you like to change it ?

Well we got the same prize money in Grand slams. Like I said Im not concerened about money. I dont know what to answer. I think in men tennis it is much harder than in women tennis that is for sure.

Q Much harder do you mean more competion. Do they play diferent harder kind of tennis.

It is more difficult. For us it is hard from physical and mental point of view, for them the competion is very fierce. It can stay like it is . I have no opinion on that . I didn´t even think about it.

Q It is what petra kvitova says. And it´s a pity you can not look at these big eyes of this sympathetic young blonde tennis player, you would trust her. I believe you trust her even without it .


Q Lets l talk about tennis game. You played for the first time in Fed cup in July 2007 Do you rembemeber it ?

Very well, It was in Spain, I was there like replacement for Nikol Vaidišova. We lost doubles with Barbora zahalvova –Strycova, but the tie was already lost so it really didnt matter. It was a nice first game I was not playing so bad . It was quite good


Q With what kind of emotions you will play in Fed Cup in this autumm?

I´m really looking forward for it

Q Really ? It looks like you really enjoy tough matches.

Yes Exactly that is what I like, but Fed cup is special. Tennis is an invidiual sport, in Fed Cup you want to do maximum for your team and I am a team player. I m looking forward the atmosphere, first time in the final It´s a challenge I like.

Q It will be away on unfriendy soil, becasue I believe russian supporters can prepare real hell . Is this the challenge,when you are going on the court and these supports are against you.

I dont mind if they are against me. I played away ties in Fed Cup before in a hostile enviroment .Maybe this time it will be much worse. But we will try to show that we deserve it .

Q I like your nerves or maybe your no nerves . „I m looking forward for the wimbledon final. I will enjoy it,“ you said before the wimbledon final. For me enjoy the final is something unbelivable. I would be nervous just from the fact taht it is a final. But you don´t have it this way

Well I get a question before the final from a journalist „You have nothing to lose What is your attitude for this final.“ I said „I have something to lose in a Wimbledon Final. I will try enjoy it I will go there and I will try to wn it. And I mean enjoy the Centre court, the atmosphere, history of the place, the match itself, because I like tennis, I like playing matches and I am trying to stay calm with no nerves and staying positive and I enjoyed the final.

Q And This style of thinking you have from your childhoood of your father teached it ?

I think I was born with it , I think I have it from my mother. My mother is the same. She ´s like bread will not be cheaper, so what ?(Note Take it easy style) This kind of stuff I have from her , no stress. Of course when there´s a losing streak something is there, but overall I have positive thinking from my mother.

Q Last year you had a losing streak after the wimbledon semifinal , how did you cope with it ? (note 5 losses in first rounds )

It was not pleasant, when it doesnt work you´re upset . I was training and believed that it would turned around eventually. It was hard for psychic.I thought after 2010 wimbledon I must beat anybody, but it was not possileble., I lost few matches in 3 sets and it was close. It didn´t help my psychic. It was annoying and it continued. Then US open 2010 came and I was looking forward for a big tournament and it changed there.

Q Have you ever cry? From angrer or desperation

Of course I cried sometimes. When I was playing terrible or more when i didnt know what happen or during match when you don t know what´s going on wrong

Q That it s not you

That it is not me, that I m out of it , that it s not going well, you dont know why, yeah it s a mysery

Q And You are alone in this misery on court . It doesn´t help when you look to the stands. Because I do recognise you looking at your coach . It doesn´t help ?

No it doesn´t help. You have to do it youself . It s not a soccer game, when somebody else can kick it instead of you . It s only up to you to do your best or on the contrary when it does not go well it is your fault. But otherwise it helps when coach is there, when he is holding his thumbs or they are cheering. When you not alone.

Q And don´t you have some kind of signals for coaching from the stands

No

Q Now we will talk about top tennis tournaments. When you start believing in youself as tennis player against the big guns? When you defeat Venus williams ( note Memphis 2008 ) or with your psychic strenght you go there and you will try it

For me personally last year in Wimbledon, when I beated few very good players in a row (note wozniacki demolition) , because sometimes you can beat a very good player once, but to beat them often you have to work hard and it is not so easy how it can appears. So the first time I started believing was last year semifinal.

Q You talked about tennis very nice, you like it . Is there anything you don´t like it ?

When i was a child i don t like training every day . I would prefered going to the swimmni pool with others kids and had some fun. But If you aked me today I would say losing matches, like last year for example. That was not pleasant. Nobody likes it and of course injuries

Q Last month I was discussing this subject with Andre Agassi . He told me he didn´t like, that players were overworked, there were too many tournaments and demands for physic condition were high. What about you ?

For me this year I don t know if it is good luck or bad luck but I have a very long season There is a possibility. that I can play at WTA Championship and then the Fed Cup final.: So its a good luck, but it´s definitely a long season. You have to combine a lot of factors very well, not to overwork youself. I have a longer pause after Wimbledon . I want to relax. ATP Tour had even longer season . Three or Four weeks more, so it is very tough. You don t have quiet and time to relax, you are rolling and always there is a time when you lose you energy.

Q During the Christmas holiday you lost 2 kilograms of weight. Was is due to a hard training or someone told you 2 kilograms less would be super ?

It was a longer time frame than 1 month. The only thing I did was changing diet habits. To eat like an athlete.Nourish my musles. To have the good energy not the bad one. All thing came together. Of course we made physical training, a lot of runnig and it showed good results

Q And now you are going to relax . How will your timetable in Vysoke tatry look like? Resting ? Walking ? ( Vysoke tatry in slovakia , The High tatras; I think she will stay in Štrbské pleso like in this winter )

I really don t think so. My condition trainer Ivanko warned me . It won´t be any fun (note she used slang „vegetace“ it is tough one to translete ) So it will be hard uphill (running) and time in the gym for strengthing my legs and only little bit of tennis. It will be a pleasant change, relax from tennis. Im looking forward i like it.

Q Your boyfreind will go with you?

No he have his own tournamnets, he will go for his schedule.

Q And you see each other often?

Well no not really , no we don´t see each other very often. When there´s a time , a day maybe and then someone have to go for a tournament.

Q And is it good eventually for the future a tennis marraige like aggasi and graff ?

I wanted to say it. It got pluses and minuses, When you re not dating a tennis player, he is at home when you ´re at home on the other side the athlete undestand that you travel , that you gave everything and he understand it .

Q Can you beat him ?

No I can not

Q You Can not beat him ? When was the list time you tried ?

Last time it was before Fed cup in belgium . It was april ( note condition camp in Antalya 3 yeas in a row )

Q You re writing a diary or at least I read it . From when is the last chapter?

Not sure , After the wimbledon final ? Definitely after the wimbledon semifinal.

Q Will you have time to write new chapters in Vysoke Tatry? Or you don´t have it like this. You write only when you want to write ?

I write about tennis matches and tennis trainings

Q Have you slapped somebody in the face ?

Maybe in school

Žety tenistky vyhrajet velmi ofensivní krsáná trvdý tenisa že mají yvternovanou ruku

Q I asked this question because women tennis players are playing ofensive beautiful hard tennis and their hands are strong.

Yeah we can say that . It would be a big slap . But I don´t know I don´t think I ever slapped somebody.

Q You are not a type who fights ?

No, I m the teasing type but not the fighting type of person.

Q How Do you like the women stuff around it . You know all the beutiful dresses, photographers, posing, the glamour and the headlines.?

It is absoltely delightful for women. It s clear, but too much can be harmful. Absolutely I enjoy it. The Wimbledon Champions Dinner was beutiful , when I could choose whatever dress I wanted. And I really liked how I looked like that night. So it is quite comfortable. Or when you go shopping . Every women like it . Another thing is posing for photograps, when it is long it is not so comfortbale or you not in a mood you´ re tired. So everything has pluses and minuses.

Q So Dear Petra kvitova I thank you for this interview and I wish you would soon choose another beatiful dress for another champions dinner as a champion . Thank You

Thank you
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Thank You Paulmara (though Part II was posted her before).

Now for the more Denser, reactionary and outspoken members of our wonderful Subforum. Here's a quote from Petra's interview, when speaking/reflects about paying her coaches & $$$$:

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You pay coaches, but it s not like it sometimes seems , you have to pay taxes , pay taxes everywhere and you have to pay to your managers , Is seems like big sum of money,but if you discount everything there is another sum , but to be honest right now i dont care much about moeny. I have it on my accounts but don t do anything with them.
Note: When she says "I don't care much about money". She's speaking about the money spent on herself. It's obvious that she's aware, signs off on, or is involved in the transaction end of the business for her coaches, airline tickets, hotels, taxes, managers, etc. Just listen to/read her. She knows!

Nuff Said!!

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I see from the is interview, that Petra liked staying in a house during Wimbledon. Maybe this is the secret? Lol.

Ok. If anyone knows Petra, or any of her people, etc. and she would like a nice House, in a nice neighborhood that she can rent (and walk to shopping, restaurants, etc.), close by to the US Open (5-30 min by car) in August. Please let me know. I can point her to some real estate agents that may be able to provide her with house or Condo rentals (with pool, golf, shopping and Tennis Courts on premises for the Condo's), while here at the Open.

Last year, there were some nice close by rentals in the area available, and I'm not sure if any US Open players took advantage of that (Though I know Novak stayed at a house in Long Island, farther away).

I know all the neighborhoods in the area very well that fit the combination she's seeking. I'm not a real estate agent or affiliated with one. But I do know area real estate and neighborhoods very well, as I said. If it's not that important (or no one knows her), than she can just stay in a Manhattan Hotel.

I wish her luck!!!

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Thank You Paulmara (though Part II was posted her before).

Now for the more Denser, reactionary and outspoken members of our wonderful Subforum. Here's a quote from Petra's interview, when speaking/reflects about paying her coaches & $$$$:



Note: When she says "I don't care much about money". She's speaking about the money spent on herself. It's obvious that she's aware, signs off on, or is involved in the transaction end of the business for her coaches, airline tickets, hotels, taxes, managers, etc. Just listen to/read her. She knows!

Nuff Said!!
I would also add to your note above that it sounds like she is trying to infer that the take home pay after all the expenses isn't nearly as great as the public would assume. It also sounds like because of her conservative small town upbringing she's not caught up in worrying about how much she has in the bank and what it can buy. If you read her words you find out the parents haven't really let her buy them anything yet and she hasn't really spoiled herself either. I feel she's totally focused on improving her game (it's always been a big issue to her-talks about it a lot) and winning and knows the glories and rewards will all come in time after the improvement she seeks. Her feet are nailed solidly on the ground. I just hope she never gets taken advantage of because of trusting people too much.

You pay coaches, but it s not like it sometimes seems , you have to pay taxes , pay taxes everywhere and you have to pay to your managers , Is seems like big sum of money,but if you discount everything there is another sum , but to be honest right now i dont care much about moeny. I have it on my accounts but don t do anything with them.
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Hey Moose.

It all depends on how loyal she feels to Cersonek, Czech Repub/Slovakia, local ties, potential outside partners and her contract????

Right now she's winning, so she's probably not thinking of it, unless she's getting robbed (compared to other agreements of her peers), cause of the apparent national loyalty she has.

The other question is, how long will she stay in Czech Republic? If she left that country (and him), even if he sued her, the reparations would be negligible (due to the country of income being some where else, her leaving him earlier-before she's really raking it in, and lack of political ties for Cersonek outside of Czech Republic/Slovakia, reducing judgment/litigation awards,if any).

But that's all neither here nor there, cause we don't know the intimate relationships, her loyalty to him and the country (which seems strong for now), and competing interest that will come her way.

Her father seems like a strong, righteous guys, but we don't know his political ties, debts or loyalties. I guess that's for the Czech's in the group to relate to us. But I'm not that sure if I want to get that deep into her career/management (unless she's being robbed of course). I'm a fan. But I'm not obsessed.

One can argue, that her playing that Cersonak backed challenger tournament in Prague was not conducive to her career goals (WTA points). But on the other hand, it was probably a needed break for her, considering she had won Madrid already, with the French Open coming up.

I used to be in the Sports Management/Entertainment business myself, and I've found that every individual beginning of a career, and country dynamics has it's particulars, loyalties, political ties, good guys, bad guys, contracts and skullduggery. In the beginning, it can be a mess and very complicated; unless you got the right people. She may already have that though!? I don't know. Czech Tennis players would know (Like Li Na knowing and challenging the Chinese system). Why you think so many players leave their home countries for Monaco, the US etc.? It's not just taxes many times? Lol.

I never dealt with the Czech Republic, so I guess we'll find out and see (or maybe not)?

Don't worry Moose, she's not the first person with interconnecting agreements like this (quite common to have these type of arrangements in the beginning of one's individual sports or entertainment career, especially when one is very talented, irregardless of the country of origin), later to be left behind, if it's not a good one to athlete/entertainer. It happens all the time. Hell! Petra's can even have a good one?

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Hi Ex. I'd posted these thoughts in another thread but felt they related well to your questions:

Obviously, at some point, she may get too big for Černošek and require a more internationally known representative to maximize her opportunities globally. But in the mean time, I can confidently tell you Czechs trust only their families and tight friends around them and as long as Černošek doesn't do anything stupid or crooked, Petra and her team will most probably continue to rely on his inputs. Just because he doesn't speak English doesn't mean he isn't a top notch negotiator. That's what translators and lawyers are for. However, if she becomes a world superstar at some point her affairs and negotiations might become too complex for even her trusted ally Mr. Černošek. We'll see (Petra's favorite phrase in interviews it seems, lol).

As for her moving to another country, I could only see that for tax purposes and even then only as a vacation home. Czechs in general love living in their little country and aren't crazy about moving, especially away from family. I believe Tomas Berdych legally resides in Monaco (on paper) but still spends quite a bit of time in CZ. He would be a typical example. It's not like the old days of Communism when people had strong reasons to flee the country. All in all, it's a very calm, peaceful, attractive place to live. Czechs love the four seasons, thier national customs, traditions and holidays, their local cuisine and the green, beautiful woodlands which seem to be everywhere around their country. I've heard more than a few say if their country had a sea, it would be paradise. Home is home for them and there is no place like home. Another thing that makes CZ comfy for its national stars is that Czechs aren't crazy celebrity hounds. I've seen Karel Gott (their most famous singer ever) and many stars from TV, music, sports and the movies on the streets of Prague and have never seen anyone bother them for a photo or autograph although for sure it has to happen sometimes. It's just not that big a thing for them, plus they tend to respect a person's privacy a little more than others. Petra seems like a true blue, traditional Czech. I don't see her going anywhere real soon.
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I would also add to your note above that it sounds like she is trying to infer that the take home pay after all the expenses isn't nearly as great as the public would assume. It also sounds like because of her conservative small town upbringing she's not caught up in worrying about how much she has in the bank and what it can buy. If you read her words you find out the parents haven't really let her buy them anything yet and she hasn't really spoiled herself either. I feel she's totally focused on improving her game (it's always been a big issue to her-talks about it a lot) and winning and knows the glories and rewards will all come in time after the improvement she seeks. Her feet are nailed solidly on the ground. I just hope she never gets taken advantage of because of trusting people too much.

You pay coaches, but it s not like it sometimes seems , you have to pay taxes , pay taxes everywhere and you have to pay to your managers , Is seems like big sum of money,but if you discount everything there is another sum , but to be honest right now i dont care much about moeny. I have it on my accounts but don t do anything with them.
I agree Queen Petra Fan whole wholeheartedly.

Unfortunately, one of our subforum members put their foot in their mouths/made unnecessary, reactionary fools of themselves the other day; so I just had to throw that quote out there, regarding who/what she pays, and is aware of. Lol. Smh.

But that's old news now (I hope)! Lol.
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Hi Ex. I'd posted these thoughts in another thread but felt they related well to your questions:

Obviously, at some point, she may get too big for Černošek and require a more internationally known representative to maximize her opportunities globally. But in the mean time, I can confidently tell you Czechs trust only their families and tight friends around them and as long as Černošek doesn't do anything stupid or crooked, Petra and her team will most probably continue to rely on his inputs. Just because he doesn't speak English doesn't mean he isn't a top notch negotiator. That's what translators and lawyers are for. However, if she becomes a world superstar at some point her affairs and negotiations might become too complex for even her trusted ally Mr. Černošek. We'll see (Petra's favorite phrase in interviews it seems, lol).

As for her moving to another country, I could only see that for tax purposes and even then only as a vacation home. Czechs in general love living in their little country and aren't crazy about moving, especially away from family. I believe Tomas Berdych legally resides in Monaco (on paper) but still spends quite a bit of time in CZ. He would be a typical example. It's not like the old days of Communism when people had strong reasons to flee the country. All in all, it's a very calm, peaceful, attractive place to live. Czechs love the four seasons, thier national customs, traditions and holidays, their local cuisine and the green, beautiful woodlands which seem to be everywhere around their country. I've heard more than a few say if their country had a sea, it would be paradise. Home is home for them and there is no place like home. Another thing that makes CZ comfy for its national stars is that Czechs aren't crazy celebrity hounds. I've seen Karel Gott (their most famous singer ever) and many stars from TV, music, sports and the movies on the streets of Prague and have never seen anyone bother them for a photo or autograph although for sure it has to happen sometimes. It's just not that big a thing for them, plus they tend to respect a person's privacy a little more than others. Petra seems like a true blue, traditional Czech. I don't see her going anywhere real soon.
You know Queen Petra Fan. You are a brilliant man. You read my mind in so many aspects of your response.

Yeah. Based off of what I hear, I don't expect Petra to move either. She seems to love it. That speculation part (everything), was more for my discussion with Moose, and being fair/calming any fears he may of had about Cersonek.

Yes! I'm quite aware that the Czech Republic is high on the UN Human Development index. I'm also aware, it's a clean, safe, prosperous, lovely little country.

Thanks for letting me know about Berdych's status/living arrangements and their Celebrity culture (or lack of it). Remember, Yannik Noah claimed he had to leave France due to his one, lonely Roland Garros Trophy. Lol. Did I spell "Garros" right? Lol. Yeah. He claimed they wouldn't leave him alone, so he had to leave. So, if true, with Czech privacy/respect, that's good to hear.

Good stuff. Thanks for your input, insight and contributions.

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Insecurity;a sad,pathetic affliction--fortunately,Petra doesn't seem to suffer from it much

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You know Queen Petra Fan. You are a brilliant man. You read my mind in so many aspects of your response.

Yeah. Based off of what I hear, I don't expect Petra to move either. She seems to love it. That speculation part (everything), was more for my discussion with Moose, and being fair/calming any fears he may of had about Cersonek.

Yes! I'm quite aware that the Czech Republic is high on the UN Human Development index. I'm also aware, it's a clean, safe, prosperous, lovely little country.

Thanks for letting me know about Berdych's status/living arrangements and their Celebrity culture (or lack of it). Remember, Yannik Noah claimed he had to leave France due to his one, lonely Roland Garros Trophy. Lol. Did I spell "Garros" right? Lol. Yeah. He claimed they wouldn't leave him alone, so he had to leave. So, if true, with Czech privacy/respect, that's good to hear.

Good stuff. Thanks for your input, insight and contributions.
Thanks Ex. I'm not so brilliant. I've just been fortunate enough to live among her people for almost eight years now so, after thousands of conversations with her countrymen, I feel I've learned a little bit about how they operate. It takes a while to get a Czech to open up and trust you, but once they do, you find out they are very sincere, frank people (Sounds like Petra, right?). Since I teach mainly business clients, I luckily get to communicate with some of the sharper knives in the drawer. It's been very enjoyable learning about their history and culture. I truly enjoy living here.

As for the celebrity fandom culture point, all you have to do is look at Petra's reception coming home from Wimbledon and Djokovic's. After winning Wimbledon a Nike representative asked Petra if she was prepared for what might be awaiting her when she arrived back home in CZ (Your life is going to change forever, yada yada yada) and Petra wasn't really too worried about it at all. She knows her people. Compare that with poor Djokovic being mobbed by over 100,000 people when he reached Belgrade. With all due respect, compared to Serbia, the Czechs have a veritable pantheon of sports heroes and many, many championships. They've seen it before. They've been there before. They've done it before. Prostejov and Fulnek are both modest sized cities but I bet Petra will still be able to walk around the streets and dine and shop and nobody will bother her much except for a couple of goofy, lucky, camera snapping tourists now and then.
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Thanks Ex. I'm not so brilliant. I've just been fortunate enough to live among her people for almost eight years now so, after thousands of conversations with her countrymen, I feel I've learned a little bit about how they operate. It takes a while to get a Czech to open up and trust you, but once they do, you find out they are very sincere, frank people (Sounds like Petra, right?). Since I teach mainly business clients, I luckily get to communicate with some of the sharper knives in the drawer. It's been very enjoyable learning about their history and culture. I truly enjoy living here.

As for the celebrity fandom culture point, all you have to do is look at Petra's reception coming home from Wimbledon and Djokovic's. After winning Wimbledon a Nike representative asked Petra if she was prepared for what might be awaiting her when she arrived back home in CZ (Your life is going to change forever, yada yada yada) and Petra wasn't really too worried about it at all. She knows her people. Compare that with poor Djokovic being mobbed by over 100,000 people when he reached Belgrade. With all due respect, compared to Serbia, the Czechs have a veritable pantheon of sports heroes and many, many championships. They've seen it before. They've been there before. They've done it before. Prostejov and Fulnek are both modest sized cities but I bet Petra will still be able to walk around the streets and dine and shop and nobody will bother her much except for a couple of goofy, lucky, camera snapping tourists now and then.
Yeah. You noticed that to, with Novak, huh? 100,000 people. Damn! And that wasn't even his first major. Lol.

Good point, on all the great Czech sports heroes in the past, compared to Serbia (relatively speaking).

Yeah. I do hope Petra has a relatively quiet, private life there.
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Check out this post from the Tennis.com forums (Pretty fiery considering it was posted at 4:32 am!):

Posted by Danny Donnelly 07/14/2011 at 04:32 AM

You barely touched on the best development in tennis. Petra Kvitova. If you were all doing your jobs, you would have spotted her three years ago, when as a seventeen-year old, she beat an in-form Venus Williams. Well, now she's beaten twenty-three of the top twenty-six or so, and everyone in the top ten save Schiavone, whom she has never played. She reduces everyone to retriever status, and usually is tougher at the business end of a set than anybody else. She can win on all surfaces, and has this year. She has fantasically soft hands at net (see YouTube) and spends 49% of her time INSIDE the baseline (true statistic). She's still getting better. Her serve, deadly though it is, is not as fluid as it was a few years ago. She simply has no weaknesses. Now, and you read it here: she may be the greatest ball striker ever seen in the women's game. If you paid attention to the juniors and what happens to them afterward, you would have seen her coming. A tip: of all of the really young juniors, you should pay attention to Laura Robson, whose game is strikingly similar to Kvitova's. Note that although several top writers (!) made the claim that Sharapova was not broken until the final, where she was broken five times in two sets, they were imagining it. Robson broke Sharapova three times in the second round. Robson had not played a single WTA match since her big injury at the Hopman Cup in January, and she was at least 15 pounds overweight. An in-shape Robson would clobber Sharapova. In fact, she led 4-1 in the first set when she began to run out of gas. Robson is only seventeen. I know, neither Robson nor Kvitova are 'hotties' by WTA, USTA, and ITF standards, but y'all have to start looking for the real talent, regardless of what the media and the powers-that-be expect. The decison to make tennis 'sexy' has destroyed careers. Yep, I'm annoyed. Y'all have to think for yourselves, and not go along with the pressroom faves. Learn about stroke production.

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I had had read that Queen Petra Fan.

I thought it was interesting to. You had to go through a lot of ATP talk to get to that quote. Lol.

I also felt immediately after watching Laura Robson give Masha trouble in that first set, that Petra could to, being a left hander and all (even before I saw/was convinced Petra was ready from winning her various matches up to the semi-final).

To that poster; I don't think the press was saying Masha had never been broken. What they were saying was, "she hadn't lost a set". But I know what this poster means; he's trying to say "just cause she hadn't lost a set, it doesn't mean she was playing well, or didn't have any embarrassing ones". Which is true. Lol. Wasn't she down 4-1 in that 1st set? Lol.

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I had had read that Queen Petra Fan.

I thought it was interesting to. You had to go through a lot of ATP talk to get to that quote. Lol.

I also felt immediately after watching Laura Robson give Masha trouble in that first set, that Petra could to, being a left hander and all (even before I saw/was convinced Petra was ready from winning her various matches up to the semi-final).

To that poster; I don't think the press was saying Masha had never been broken. What they were saying was, "she hadn't lost a set". But I know what this poster means; he's trying to say "just cause she hadn't lost a set, it doesn't mean she was playing well, or didn't have any embarrassing ones". Which is true. Lol. Wasn't she down 4-1 in that 1st set? Lol.

Thanks QPF
Wading through that ATP talk to get to the Petra tidbits was brutal. So happy I'm not a true fan, only a respectful admirer of the talents of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. I would never want to belong to a group with any of those brainwarped, narrow minded, obsessed idiots. I'm embarrassed for all of them. Blugh ATP!!! They can have it.
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