Welcome to Fulnek!
Quoted from The Guardian newspaper:
Petra Kvitova drives a Skoda and her English comes in considered little lumps, with no artifice. The bright new force in the women's game will let her tennis do the talking and her smile embellish the story of a country girl from the Czech Republic.
The other day, when Kvitova was asked if we had reason to know the name of anyone else from Fulnek, she shrugged and said, "No".
She is from a small town near the Polish border, Fulnek, which, she is happy to tell us, "is nothing special, 6,000 people, four tennis courts, one football ground and a castle".
Just your run-of-the mill Moravian village, then – but Kvitova is no run-of-the-mill tennis player. The new Wimbledon champion, who played with an irresistible mix of power, subtlety and intelligence to confound the more graceful but fragile Maria Sharapova on Centre Court, is special.
Now, Fulnek is the home of the newest Wimbledon champion. But there's nothing new about that for many a town in a nation that, acre-for-acre, may be the best tennis factory on earth.
Here's a collection of shots from my Dececember 25, 2011 trip to Fulnek. Sorry the pictures aren't the most dazzling, my camera isn't a top end model obviously. But, enjoy them for what they are - a window into the past and present of our favorite tennis player, Queen Petra.
A few facts about Fulnek:
It was first permanently settled in the second half of the 13th century although it had been inhabited as far back as the neolithic period.
The name Fulnek comes from the old German word for swamp (Pfuhl).
The Goose brook (Gručovka) which runs through the town is a historical divider of the Moravian and Silesian lands.
To find the old town center go left at the signpost.
Last edited by Queen Petra Fan; Dec 31st, 2011 at 08:02 AM.