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Barktra
Nov 18th, 2012, 07:19 PM
Has anyone else done this? Triple crown of itf competitions :worship:

Jorn
Nov 18th, 2012, 07:19 PM
Petra and Co! :worship:

Jorn
Nov 18th, 2012, 07:21 PM
2 sjle en tanke ;)

Wert.
Nov 18th, 2012, 07:22 PM
CZE :bowdown:


Lucie :worship:

Uranium
Nov 18th, 2012, 07:27 PM
Czechs won Hopman Cup, Fed Cup, and Davis Cup this year. First country to do so all in one year.

USA, Australia, South Africa, Czechoslovakia, Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Italy, Czech Republic are all countries to have won Fed Cup and Davis Cup.

USA, Australia, and Czech Republic are the only 3 nations to have won both Fed Cup and Davis Cup in same year. USA completed this 7 times, Australia did it 3 times, and Czech once.

Years where same country won Fed Cup and Davis Cup:
1963 (USA), 1964 (Australia), 1965 (Australia), 1969 (USA), 1973 (Australia), 1978 (USA), 1979 (USA), 1981 (USA), 1982 (USA), 1990 (USA), 2012 (Czech Republic).

edificio
Nov 18th, 2012, 07:32 PM
Nice for the ladies. I was actually hoping the men would lose.

mauresmofan
Nov 18th, 2012, 07:33 PM
Very very impressive and I'm sure it'll have a huge knock on effect for the popularity of tennis in the Czech Republic

August
Nov 18th, 2012, 07:48 PM
Great achievement, the first time one country wins all those three Cups. And even greater is that that treble was won by a relatively small country. Czechs have done great job, related to population, they must be one of the countries that produces most great players. Congrats to Czechs, I'm so happy for them!

Btw, in the Stepanek-Almagro match I realized a match needs a Czech and a Spaniard to be really exciting, I was feeling quite the same as during the Rosol-Nadal Wimbledon match. WTA has great Czechs but not great Spaniards, that's the only reason why I prefer ATP. Hopefully Spain will produce a great female player, then I'll like WTA as much as ATP.

LightWarrior
Nov 18th, 2012, 08:48 PM
Well deserved win ! Fantastic team spirit in both women's and men's. Vaidisova looked lovely btw. Is she coming back ?

Invisible Fan
Nov 18th, 2012, 08:53 PM
Great achievement, the first time one country wins all those three Cups. And even greater is that that treble was won by a relatively small country. Czechs have done great job, related to population, they must be one of the countries that produces most great players. Congrats to Czechs, I'm so happy for them!

Btw, in the Stepanek-Almagro match I realized a match needs a Czech and a Spaniard to be really exciting, I was feeling quite the same as during the Rosol-Nadal Wimbledon match. WTA has great Czechs but not great Spaniards, that's the only reason why I prefer ATP. Hopefully Spain will produce a great female player, then I'll like WTA as much as ATP.

Erm really? :confused:

mb011
Nov 18th, 2012, 08:54 PM
this sounds like a stunning success for Czech tennis. Congrats to them!

Saraya!
Nov 18th, 2012, 08:57 PM
poor Spain!!!! So sad for my Ferru and Almagro...

itzhak
Nov 18th, 2012, 09:04 PM
So Nicole is still part of the Czech History?....

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/15/41701149740461362523166.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/4/41701149740461362523166.jpg/)

perhaps it will change her mind. She was so pumped tonight and cried after the last point....

Petronius
Nov 18th, 2012, 09:04 PM
Very very impressive and I'm sure it'll have a huge knock on effect for the popularity of tennis in the Czech Republic

It's aready very popular. Acc. to the CEO of the Czech tennis federation, there are now more registered tennis players than ice-hockey players.

So on these terms, tennis is basically the No.2 sport in the country after football, just ahead of ice-hockey, which is also very popular.

Basically every small Czech city has tennis courts, now also including air domes. So the infrastructure is already very good.

But what's really interesting is that while the past greats like Navratilova, Mandlikova, Sukova etc. were usually produced by the Prague region, since 1990s the real epicenter has been in Moravia (east CZ), with Hingis, Novotna, Berdych, Kvitova and today's hero Stepanek all developing their tennis skills in this region and at the very same tennis club.

Just my two cents. :p

Petronius
Nov 18th, 2012, 09:09 PM
Has anyone else done this? Triple crown of itf competitions :worship:

Be sure the Czechs are now enjoying the ride, because this hattrick probably won't be repeated any time soon :lol:

LightWarrior
Nov 18th, 2012, 09:19 PM
Very very impressive and I'm sure it'll have a huge knock on effect for the popularity of tennis in the Czech Republic

Tennis has been very popular in the Czech Republic for decades.:rolleyes: Navratilova, Mandlikova, Novotna, Kvitova, Drobny, Lendl, you name it. Rings a bell ?

Lucemferre
Nov 18th, 2012, 09:22 PM
Oh Nicole. What the hell are you doing? :facepalm: What a waste of talent. She was one of the few players who could actually serve. She would've no doubt matured mentally by now as even the worst chokers somehow manage to keep their meltdowns under control for a few years at least.

Petronius
Nov 18th, 2012, 09:22 PM
Btw, in the Stepanek-Almagro match I realized a match needs a Czech and a Spaniard to be really exciting, I was feeling quite the same as during the Rosol-Nadal Wimbledon match. WTA has great Czechs but not great Spaniards, that's the only reason why I prefer ATP. Hopefully Spain will produce a great female player, then I'll like WTA as much as ATP.

I agree that Spain doesn't have a top WTA player now, but overall the Spanish sport has been in amazing shape in the last decade - look at their football team, cycling achievements, Formula 1, basketball and of course the men's tennis.

So overall Spanish sport is world-class and so let's hope we'll see soon a great WTA player, probably a clay-court specialist though :lol:

sweetadri06
Nov 18th, 2012, 11:09 PM
Oh Nicole. What the hell are you doing? :facepalm: What a waste of talent. She was one of the few players who could actually serve. She would've no doubt matured mentally by now as even the worst chokers somehow manage to keep their meltdowns under control for a few years at least.

She should be the one holding the trophy, not Stepanek's arm candy. Such a waste. :o

Coconut91
Nov 18th, 2012, 11:33 PM
I agree that Spain doesn't have a top WTA player now, but overall the Spanish sport has been in amazing shape in the last decade - look at their football team, cycling achievements, Formula 1, basketball and of course the men's tennis.

And motorcycling, don't forget about motorcycling! :lol: ;)

So overall Spanish sport is world-class and so let's hope we'll see soon a great WTA player, probably a clay-court specialist though :lol:

I'd say Spain has better future prospects for the WTA than the ATP. Not that it means Spain will have a great WTA player. :lol:

Now, huge congrats to the czechs for yet another well deserved win. They love tennis, were playing at home and for once, they could play on their terms, on a court that favours their game, so it's hard not to be happy for them.

Dawson.
Nov 18th, 2012, 11:50 PM
Vaidisova should have been part of the winning Fed Cup team :sobbing: Such a waste.

Petronius
Nov 18th, 2012, 11:59 PM
And motorcycling, don't forget about motorcycling! :lol: ;)

Sorry, so many amazing Spanish athletes in so many sports :lol: I remember once reading a newspaper line "Another world champion invited to the Spanish prime minister Mr. Zapatero" :worship:

I'd say Spain has better future prospects for the WTA than the ATP.

Nice to hear, but on the other hand it's terrible news for the competition, as there are now 12 Spanish guys in the TOP100 :lol:

Now, huge congrats to the czechs for yet another well deserved win. They love tennis, were playing at home and for once, they could play on their terms, on a court that favours their game, so it's hard not to be happy for them.

Thanks!

Excelscior
Nov 19th, 2012, 05:48 AM
Tennis has been very popular in the Czech Republic for decades.:rolleyes: Navratilova, Mandlikova, Novotna, Kvitova, Drobny, Lendl, you name it. Rings a bell ?

And don't forget Martina Hingis, who was known to hail from the Slovak side of the former Czechoslovakia, but she or mother may actually have been from the Czech side.

I'm sure you, Petronius or someone else could further elaborate. :lol:

thegreendestiny
Nov 19th, 2012, 05:54 AM
I am not surprised honestly. Czech Republic and the previously Czechoslovakia has produced quite a number of legends and Grand Slam champions given its relatively small population.

Congrats. :yeah:

BlueTrees
Nov 19th, 2012, 06:00 AM
Didn't Vaidisova quit Fed Cup saying she wanted to focus on her own career? :lol: :oh:

CillyUltra
Nov 19th, 2012, 11:17 AM
I agree that Spain doesn't have a top WTA player now, but overall the Spanish sport has been in amazing shape in the last decade - look at their football team, cycling achievements, Formula 1, basketball and of course the men's tennis.

So overall Spanish sport is world-class and so let's hope we'll see soon a great WTA player, probably a clay-court specialist though :lol:

As Armstrong. :happy:

PetraReeMona
Nov 19th, 2012, 11:27 AM
As Armstrong. :happy:

Armstrong is Spanish???? Since when :confused: :scratch:

:cuckoo:

paulmara
Nov 19th, 2012, 12:55 PM
Vaidisova looked lovely btw. Is she coming back ?

těpnek is talking about kids
http://sport.idnes.cz/stepanek-bude-odpovidat-online-ctenarum-idnes-cz-f6x-/tenis.aspx?c=A121119_100247_tenis_ma