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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 07:20 AM   #1
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Miloslav Mečíř (IPA: [ˈmɪloslaf ˈmɛtʃi:r̝]) (born May 19, 1964) is a former professional tennis player from Slovakia. He is best remembered for having won the men's singles Gold Medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics for the former Czechoslovakia, and for having played in two Grand Slam singles finals.

Mečíř was born in Bojnice, Czechoslovakia now Slovakia.

He reached two ATP finals in 1984 and began 1985 by beating Jimmy Connors in the semi final at Philadelphia, before losing to World No. 1 John McEnroe in the final. He won his first ATP singles title in Rotterdam later that year, and ended 1985 ranked just outside the world's top 10.

He consolidated his position as a world class player in 1986, beating rising Stefan Edberg in straight sets at Wimbledon, before losing to defending champion Boris Becker in the quarter finals. He reached his first Grand Slam final at the US Open later that year, where he faced fellow Czechoslovakian, defending champion and World No. 1 Ivan Lendl. The 1986 U.S. Open was notable for the fact that four players from Czechoslovakia competed in the two singles finals for men and women - Mečíř and Lendl, Helena Suková and Martina Navrátilová. Lendl won the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-0. Mečíř's 1986 U.S. Open final appearance was the last major final to see a player still using a wooden racket.

Mečíř improved further in 1987, winning six singles and six doubles titles. He met Lendl again in three high profile matches that year, winning the final of the Lipton International Players Championships in Key Biscayne, Florida, while Lendl won the final of the German Open in Hamburg and the semi-finals of the French Open.

By this time, Mečíř's sedate playing style was known to frustrate a lot of the more powerful top ranked players. The Swedish players, in particular, were said to dislike playing against him.

Mečíř was on top form at Wimbledon in 1988, where he defeated Mats Wilander in the quarter-final. It was Wilander's only Grand Slam singles defeat of the year (he won the 1988 Australian Open, French Open and US Open) yet Mečíř beat him 6-3 6-1 6-3, entertaining the Wimbledon crowd with extraordinary display of stroke making. Commentating on the match for the BBC, John Barrett noted that "The mental battle is certainly today being won by Mečíř - Wilander really doesn't know what to do". He took a two-set lead in the semi-final against Edberg with a similar display, and later led by a break of serve in the final set, but Edberg eventually wore him down on the way to his first Wimbledon crown.

The highlight of Mečíř's career came later in 1988 when he was selected to represent Czechoslovakia in the Seoul Olympics. In the men's singles semi-finals he exacted revenge over Wimbledon champion Edberg, in an exciting five-set match 3-6, 6-0, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. He then met Tim Mayotte of the U.S. in the men's singles final and won in four sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to claim the Gold Medal. He also won a Bronze medal in the men's doubles, partnering Milan Šrejber.

In 1989, Mečíř reached his second Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Again he came up against Lendl and lost in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. It was a tactical victory for Lendl, whose win saw him to reclaim the World No. 1 ranking from Wilander. After the match, Lendl apologized to the crowd, explaining that he and coach Tony Roche had decided the best tactic against Mečíř was to hit shots deep and down the centre of the court, denying his opponent the angles he thrived on.

Mečíř was a member of the Czechoslovakian teams which won the World Team Cup in 1987 and the inaugural Hopman Cup in 1989. He is currently the Slovak Davis Cup captain.

During his career, Mečíř won 11 singles titles and 9 doubles titles. His career-high world ranking in both singles and doubles was World No. 4. His total career prize money earnings was US$2,632,538. His final career singles title came in 1989 at Indian Wells. His last doubles title was also won in 1989 in Rotterdam.

By the end of the 1989 season, Mečíř was suffering from a back injury and retired in 1990, aged just 26.

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Lucie Mečířová

Birth Date: 19/01/1991
Residence: Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Nationality: Slovak Republic
Height: 172 cm
Plays: Right Handed (Double Handed Backhand)


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ITF U18 Empire Cup 2008, Trnava, Slovakia, G5, hard

Singles:
1st round: Lucie Mečířová (SVK) - (2)Tereza Vancurová (CZE) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2nd round: Lucie Mečířová (SVK) - Veronika Zavodska (CZE) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
quarterfinal: Lucie Mečířová (SVK) - Klavdija Rebol (SLO) 6-3, 3-1 skreč. Rebol
semifinal: (6)Dana Machalkova (CZE) - Lucie Mečířová (SVK) 6-3, 6-0
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The 30th Interspa Slovakia Cup 2008, Piešťany, Slovakia, G2, clay, 22 Apr to 27 Apr 2008

Qualifying:
1st round: (3)Lucie Mečířová (SVK) - bye
2nd round: (3)Lucie Mečířová (SVK) - Katarína Unčovská (SVK) 6-1, 6-2
final: (3)Lucie Mečířová (SVK) - Lucia Zavarčíková (SVK) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3

Singles:
1st round: Zsofia Miko (HUN) - (q)Lucie Mečířová (SVK) 6-7(9), 6-2, 6-1
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Slovak extraleague

Results of Lucie:

Lucie Mečířová - Nikola Meravá 6-1, 7-5
Lucie Mečířová, Kristína Kučová - Ivana Karolyiová, Ivana Belejová 6-1, 6-0
Lucie Mečířová, Petra Jůrová - Martina Mechurová, Nikola Meravá 6-3, 6-3
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What is her junior ranking?

She looks sort of similar to Kutuzova in the 2nd pic with her hand over her mouth.
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What is her junior ranking?

She looks sort of similar to Kutuzova in the 2nd pic with her hand over her mouth.

.... she is 596th in junior ranking....
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Well she certainly has the coolest dad of any girl currently active in tennis.

Good luck to her. We could certainly use a Mecir-like player on the circuit that's for sure.
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Slovak extraleague - juniors:

match against Pezinok B:
Lucie Mecirova - Lucia Sidikova 6-0, 6-2
Sidikova, Mikolaskova - Mecirova, Honcova 6-4, 6-3

match against Inter Bratislava:
Lucie Mecirova - Jana Mihalovicova 6-3, 6-3
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Slovak extraleague - juniors:

match against TK Strojár Malacky:
Bianka Slovíková - Lucie Mečířová 0-6, 0-6
Karolína Konečná, Natália Belešová - Lucie Mečířová, Andrea Popluhárová 0-6, 0-6
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WILSON CUP 2008, Piešťany, Slovakia, slovak tournament - grade A, clay

Singles:
1st round: (1)Lucie Mečířová - bye
2nd round: (1)Lucie Mečířová - Zuzana Ondrušová 6-0, 6-2
3rd round: (1)Lucie Mečířová - (15)Anita Schwartzová 6-2, 6-3
quarterfinal: (7)Monika Gáliková - (1)Lucie Mečířová 6-4, 6-1

Doubles:
1st round: (2)Mečířová, Kočičková - bye
2nd round: (2)Mečířová, Kočičková - Debnárová, Bareková 6-4, 6-1
quarterfinal: (5)P. Pochabová, Urbanová - (2)Mečířová, Kočičková 6-3, 6-1
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photo of Lucie

... she will play two G4 junior tournamets in Netherlands..... in Den Haag (08 Jul to 13 Jul 2008) and Hillegom (15 Jul to 20 Jul 2008) .... good luck! take few points!
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i didn't know his daughter played tennis as well.
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ITF Leeuwenbergh 2008, Netherland, G4, clay

Singles:
1st round: Lucie Mečířová (SVK) - Jeltje Loomans (NED) 6-4, 6-2
2nd round: Kim Berghaus (GER) - Lucie Mečířová (SVK) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3

Doubles:
1st round: Mečířová, Breve (SVK/NED) - (WC)Beijer, Wischhoff (NED) 7-5, 6-4
quarterfinal: (2)Schuurs, Vlaar (NED) - Mečířová, Breve (SVK/NED) 6-3, 6-1
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International Flower Bulb Tournament 2008, Hillegom, Netherland, G4, clay

Singles:
1st round: Paula De Man (NED) - (8)Lucie Mečířová (SVK) 6-4, 7-5
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