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Old Nov 11th, 2011, 06:01 PM   #406
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Tonight Celebration of 111 years of Prostejov tennis club in Prostějov´s theater . Main Guest Petra Kvitova

December 16 exhibition Kvitova versus Šafářová (before Czech tennis extraliga)

http://prostejovsky.denik.cz/ostatni...k-a-jedna.html
http://prostejovsky.denik.cz/ostatni...e20111107.html
http://www.tkplus.cz/index.php?id=95
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Wow, can't believe my eyes reading the last paragraph of that first article:

"Although Miroslav Černošek, CEO of the Prostějov tennis club,originally planned to invite celebrities such as Enrique Iglesias, Paul McCartney or Andrea Bocelli, to this gala evening, the audience of this prestigious tennis event can at least look forward to the Czech pop star Karel Gott.

I think Mr. Černošek's ambitions are seriouisly underestimated by this subforum
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His ambitions or his results?
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Hey Petronius, to your knowledge, does the Czech Republic have a National Tennis (or sports) center, like the USTA, where your top Tennis players can be tested under different type of fancy machines or equipment?

In other words, is your countries success over the years, basically through traditional means and disparate individual organizations (or Prostejov really is the de-facto national Tennis Center and if so, what type of state of the art equipment do they have, if any; and the type of government support your Fed/Davis Cup teams or top players get)?

You guys, have had some great players, for such a small country, over the years. I know the Czech educational system, with tennis as a Gym activity, is helpful on a school level, as well.

Thanks
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Great questions, Exelscior. It's over midnight here in CZ, I'll be back tomorrow.
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As far as I'M concerned,using THIS thread for any off-season news is just fine,but some forums like to have a specific Off-season Thread.This is the first year at TF where Petra has had her own subforum that even allowed us to make such a decision,and I'm fine with either option.Comments,anyone??
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Old Nov 12th, 2011, 03:42 PM   #412
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Odd. I thought she'd support a club from her home region like Banik Ostrava.
Be happy she doesn't.

Banik fans are the ones who travel to other cities starting fights and wrecking public trains along the way. And, they also have a habit of fighting the police and lighting flares and generally trashing stadiums wherever they go - even at home. Plus, Banik sucks this year. Moreover, Ostrava (which has the reputation in CZ for being an armpit) isn't exactly right next to Fulnek, so people there wouldn't automatically feel any love for Banik or Ostrava.

In Prague, the two big teams are Sparta and Slavia. Sparta fans are more like Banik fans, while Slavia fans are much more civilized. Slavia also plays in a very nice, new, modern stadium. So, you can easily see why Petra and Adam might be more attracted to Slavia.

However, it's still a mystery to me how anybody who likes a fast paced, action packed game like tennis could actually enjoy a mindnumbingly boring game like soccer/football. I don't get it.
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Wow, can't believe my eyes reading the last paragraph of that first article:

"Although Miroslav Černošek, CEO of the Prostějov tennis club,originally planned to invite celebrities such as Enrique Iglesias, Paul McCartney or Andrea Bocelli, to this gala evening, the audience of this prestigious tennis event can at least look forward to the Czech pop star Karel Gott.

I think Mr. Černošek's ambitions are seriously underestimated by this subforum
Karel Gott. Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic's iconic, Communist ass kissing, king of pop; the idol of millions who just wanted to hear happy music during the dark days of Communism. Lord have mercy!

Here are a couple of his classics:

Lady Karneval (Check out the dancemoves!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7ZmhEGFHj8

Vcelka Maja (I actually love this one from the famous children's cartoon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK5jO...eature=related

Trezor (Prepare to die laughing!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mcf_d...eature=related

Good lord. It should be quite a party in Prostejov. Thank god for slivovice!
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Old Nov 12th, 2011, 07:33 PM   #414
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However, it's still a mystery to me how anybody who likes a fast paced, action packed game like tennis could actually enjoy a mindnumbingly boring game like soccer/football. I don't get it.
In re your other comments above that I didn't include here,it amazes me how stupid the security teams are in some of these countries.Though it's FARRRR from being a soccer country,in talent OR fan support(and I'm referring to native-born Americans and not foreigners who live there),the U.S. is an excellent WC host b/c their police force is very good at handling those mega-loser soccer hooligans;IIRC,rioting was virtually non-existent when the U.S. hosted.Throwing those bums in jail for a couple hours won't do jack shit as a deterrent,but when you knock out a few of their teeth with clubs and force them to eat through a straw for 2 or 3 months,THEN they'll remember to riot somewhere ELSE.It's unrealistic to expect even an ounce of common sense from the inbreds at FIFA,yet they could TOTALLY clean things up by declaring countries ineligible for the WC if they failed to take adequate security measures.In instances where poor nations didn't have the needed funds to make changes,the wealthier FIFA participants could all chip in a small portion for that purpose....This will all happen when hell freezes over,of course,since FIFA=Polar Opposite of Intelligent,Rational Thought

Now that you and I have wandered WAYYYY off topic,I guess we should get back on track by acknowledging that no one posted about my suggestion that we could form a separate Off-season Thread....We can interpret the silence as "NO!"
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Hey Petronius, to your knowledge, does the Czech Republic have a National Tennis (or sports) center, like the USTA, where your top Tennis players can be tested under different type of fancy machines or equipment?

In other words, is your countries success over the years, basically through traditional means and disparate individual organizations (or Prostejov really is the de-facto national Tennis Center and if so, what type of state of the art equipment do they have, if any; and the type of government support your Fed/Davis Cup teams or top players get)?

You guys, have had some great players, for such a small country, over the years. I know the Czech educational system, with tennis as a Gym activity, is helpful on a school level, as well.

Thanks
Hey Excelscior,

I am basically a fan and not a tennis expert who knows the ins and outs of the system but many of your questions are answered in a recent interview with Mr. Ivo Kaderka, President of the Czech tennis association.

Key points with some added thoughts:

The former Czechoslovakia had an awesome tennis system based on so-called "youth training centers" which were envied and then copied by France, Germany and many other countries.
Tenis was also one of a few ways of making big money and escaping communism (huge motivation). This system and environment produced players such as Navrátilová, Mandlíková, Lendl, Suková, Novotná and partly Hingis (daugther of two top20 Czechoslovak players and later a player of the Prostějov tenis club).

After the fall of communism in 1989, the system was destroyed.
Restoration began in late 1990s and now the Czech Rep. has 16 youth training centers, five professional tenis centres and three national tennis centers. One is in Prostějov and two in Prague. This system has so far produced players such as Berdych, Šafářová, Kvitová, etc.

Despite the growing new competition from golf (there were almost no golf courses during communism) and the traditional competition from soccer and ice hockey, tenis is booming. Today, the Czech tenis association is the 2nd largest sports association in the country.

As for the financing, Ivo Kaderka says that most money comes from sponsors. I know that the Prostějov tenis club is sponsored by a Czech billionaire who owns giant food procesing company Agrofert

Link to the Prostějov tenis club/center (photos, facilities etc.):
http://www.tkplus.cz/index-en.php
or here http://www.tkagrofert.cz/

Link to the first Prague tenis club/center (they have a photo of Mandlíková on the front page, I think she's the head coach):
http://www.tkspartapraha.cz/en

Link to the second Prague club/centre
http://www.cltk.cz/wp/?page_id=1181

Link to the interview (Google Translator should do a relatively good job):
http://zpravy.e15.cz/nazory/rozhovor...otivaci-363593


Hope this helps.
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Though we're plenty happy with the Petra that we've already got,let's hope that the CR tennis culture continues to grow back so that future Petras have a chance to develop properly
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Hey Excelscior,

I am basically a fan and not a tennis expert who knows the ins and outs of the system but many of your questions are answered in a recent interview with Mr. Ivo Kaderka, President of the Czech tennis association.

Key points with some added thoughts:

The former Czechoslovakia had an awesome tennis system based on so-called "youth training centers" which were envied and then copied by France, Germany and many other countries.
Tenis was also one of a few ways of making big money and escaping communism (huge motivation). This system and environment produced players such as Navrátilová, Mandlíková, Lendl, Suková, Novotná and partly Hingis (daugther of two top20 Czechoslovak players and later a player of the Prostějov tenis club).

After the fall of communism in 1989, the system was destroyed.
Restoration began in late 1990s and now the Czech Rep. has 16 youth training centers, five professional tenis centres and three national tennis centers. One is in Prostějov and two in Prague. This system has so far produced players such as Berdych, Šafářová, Kvitová, etc.

Despite the growing new competition from golf (there were almost no golf courses during communism) and the traditional competition from soccer and ice hockey, tenis is booming. Today, the Czech tenis association is the 2nd largest sports association in the country.

As for the financing, Ivo Kaderka says that most money comes from sponsors. I know that the Prostějov tenis club is sponsored by a Czech billionaire who owns giant food procesing company Agrofert

Link to the Prostějov tenis club/center (photos, facilities etc.):
http://www.tkplus.cz/index-en.php
or here http://www.tkagrofert.cz/

Link to the first Prague tenis club/center (they have a photo of Mandlíková on the front page, I think she's the head coach):
http://www.tkspartapraha.cz/en

Link to the second Prague club/centre
http://www.cltk.cz/wp/?page_id=1181

Link to the interview (Google Translator should do a relatively good job):
http://zpravy.e15.cz/nazory/rozhovor...otivaci-363593


Hope this helps.
Yes it does.

Thank You Petronius, for your time, research and answers.
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I think Mr. Černošek's ambitions are seriouisly underestimated by this subforum
He's not exactly a household name,in North America,for us to over- or underestimate him;he's not any real threat to Petra's career success or happiness,do you think?(if so,please explain)
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He's not exactly a household name,in North America,for us to over- or underestimate him;he's not any real threat to Petra's career success or happiness,do you think?(if so,please explain)
Bruce, I only hope Petra is wise enough to (now that she has the resources) hire her own independent advisors to check the terms of all contracts with Cernosek and others, and, a highly professional auditor or accountant to watch where her money is going.

Let's hope our girl isn't naive about how men in Cernosek's position sometimes operate. As President Reagan used to say, "Trust but verify." Frankly, I've never preferred doing business with small time operators like Cernosek. If I was her, I would talk to Martina Navratilova and get some advice on finding top professional management and on how to square her financial affairs to secure her future.

I get a bit worried when I hear her making statements like, "I just deposit the money and then I never look at it."
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