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Old Dec 31st, 2011, 07:17 AM   #1
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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.


Hi gang,

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.
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If you look at the signpost you will notice Petra's birthplace, Bilovec, is not too far away.

Jan Amos Komensky is the most famous historical figure hailed in Fulnek. He is considered the father of modern education. On the other hand, you can walk through the entire town and not find one word or picture about Petra. Strange but true.

Oh yeah, Petra forgot to mention her town has a tank-and quite a nice one!

Radegast. The most popular beer in Moravia. A very typical golden lager. Czechs like it for it's smooth flavor and light bitterness.
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Steel products factory, schools, police car and Town Hall (Radnice).
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Old Town Square: Jan Amos Komensky memorial, Holy Trinity church, St. Jan of Nepomuk statue.
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Old town Square, view from Holy Trinity Church, photos of HTC interior, history of Fulnek.
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Fulnek after WW2, post war reconstruction, Fulnek Castles-upper and lower(not open to the public), history of the castles.
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Fancy private home across from the castle, Holy Trinity Church,church tombstones from early 1500s, old town square with plague column (a very common item in many Czech towns-the one in Olomouc being one of the greatest in the world), castle view from the old town square.
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St. Jan of Nepomuk fountain on the old square, typical communist era apartment building made from prefabricated concrete panels found all across the Czech Republic ('panelaky'- Vaclav Havel despised them and likened them to rabbit hutches), nice street name sign-Pivovarska (it means beer brewery street), the Gručovka or Goose brook which runs through the town, view of the castle and panelaky from across the brook on the opposite hill.
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Baroque cemetery with the chapel of St. Rochus and St. Sebastian (1632), tombstone from 1702, former Capuchin monastery and Church of St. Joseph (1600s), Empire style Villa 'Loretta' from 1829 (it was originally a Lorettan chapel from 1679-now used as children's home and school of cooking), statue of Jan Amos Komensky.
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Petra's old school maybe?, schoolyard with chickens running around, statue of Our Lady-Queen of Heaven, sports area, sports club.
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Where it all began: the ever humble Tennis Club Fulnek. Small office with price list for court time (inside on the walls are hanging two interesting posters: one from the Cedok Open Nabisco Grand Prix of August, 1986 and the other one of some slim young Mandlikova type female player from the 80s whom I couldn't quite identify because of the foggy windows. My only clue is her racket had a star on the strings and her racket covers also had a white star on them. Any guesses??? ), the courts which have been badly damaged by the recent winter weather and snow. The whole area is in a state of general decay. The fences and equipment are rusty, the courts need resurfacing, and half the viewing benches are missing boards. Meanwhile, the football field next door is in great condition.
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The main office, the changing rooms, a storage shed or maybe bathroom? More views of the courts. All of it amazingly basic. So far it would appear Petra's success has not drifted down financially to her old stomping grounds.
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Where it all really began: the old hitting wall and practice court. Fresh clay and roller for court resurfacing. A new roller was seen on one of the other courts and boxes with new nets (I believe) were seen in the main office. A little love for the old courts at least.
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The local pharmacy, green old gem of a building with German architectural influences, older style family house, the freshly reconstructed train station and graffiti covered (on the inside) outside waiting area.
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