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post #860 of (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 2012, 09:20 PM
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Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Originally Posted by Wimbledon9 View Post
About 70 Australians appeared in Revnice to look as they said where Martina lived and trained there is always an exhibition about tennis in Revnice in the clubhouse that mostly is about Martina.

The locals said at least one Australian shed a tear from emotion. They all got a book about Revnice. All the people that go to Revnice probably read Martina's autobiography but have you heard if people do this with other players.
I read it in a Czech newspaper and used google translation.
It was a shocker to read that so many tourists would show up so I checked the Czech article and I have to say that google translator misled you. There were actually two 70-year old Australian tourists (tennis players). The rest of the story (tears, book, etc.) is true though.

There are two reasons why I think the tennis club is not visited by tourists or tennis fans as much as it could be. First, Martina is 20+ years past her most famous period, when she was an active player, and doesn't currently have that much TV&press exposure and second, the site is probably not promoted enough in tourist guides.

Short time ago, I actually met an Australian couple on a local train heading from Prague and they were going to visit the famous ossuary in the town of Kutná Hora, because it was recommended in their tourist book. I doubt Martina's tennis club was mentioned there so they didn't even know about this option.

If you're in the Czech Republic: besides visiting the tennis club where Martina developed her tennis skills, it's possible to do exactly the same for other Czech-born players (Ivan Lendl, Hana Mandlikova, Martina Hingis, Jana Novotna, etc.) and visit places/clubs where they learned to play tennis.

Originally Posted by Wimbledon9 View Post
Martina also said it was about 30 minutes on a slow train to Prague from Revnice maybe there were a lot of stops.
Spot on! Until today, the journey takes 32 minutes from the Prague main train station. There are almost ten stops before the train reaches Řevnice.(

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