I have returned from my visit to the Czech Republic. OK, I’ll admit it – I only went to Prague, where Martina was born. Ivan was born in Ostrava, which is nearly all the way to the east of the country, near the border with Poland. I unfortunately did not make it east to Ivan’s birthplace.
And, for some reason, I could not find either the Lendl or the Navratilova Museum, but I did find the Kafka Museum, which had nothing to do with tennis. I am happy that his country now values him and his work.
So, since I failed to obtain any photos from the Lendl Museum or the Navratilova Museum, I’ll just leave you with some random pics of Prague and more random pics of Ivan, Martina and fiancée Julia Lemigova.
Julia and Martina after Martina’s 6 September proposal (Uri Shanker/Getty Images)
I read this headline like ten minutes ago, and I’m still getting goosebumps! Tomas Berdych said that he would like to be coached by Ivan the Great Lendl, who recently parted ways with Andy Murray after he coached Murray into two Grand Slam titles and an Olympic Gold Medal. Reports are that Murray might not be so thrilled to hear this news.
Lendl the Great (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Berdych, seeded sixth here at Flushing Meadows, is looking to break into the top four and has yet to win a Grand Slam. He explained that the two may already have discussed the possibility.
“I think it’s something which I was thinking about definitely. I think just needs probably the right time and timing to make it happen,” Berdych said following his loss to Marin Cilic in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. “Fingers crossed …” Totally, my fingers are crossed too! OMG. OMG. I’d better make sure I buy all of the Grand Slam tickets for next year soon.
My fave faves Ivan the Great Lendl and Tomas Berdych at the AEGON Championships in June 2013 (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Berdych, seeded sixth, survived a five-setter second round match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. In the first round, Berdych defeated darling Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets. Pretty colorful shirt, Lleyton.
Hewitt congratulates Berdych after 1st round game (Reuters Eduardo Munoz)
Oh, yeah! I am finally going to the Czech Republic, land of Lendl, Navratilova and Berdych, not to mention the new Wimbledon champ, Petra Kvitová. Let me know if you have any suggestions on what to see, where to go, what to eat! Thanks!There’s a Lendl museum, right?
Wow! Thanks to all of the new subscribers!! I had wanted to write a post earlier about Novak Djokovic winning Wimbledon, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet, but I am, of course, happy that he won instead of Roger Federer – 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4!! Yay!
Novak with his second Wimbledon trophy
It was kind of funny for me when Federer cracked a joke during his speech, and the camera showed Novak, still just crying. And even when Novak himself made a joke by stating: “and thanks for letting me win,” he was still teary. I love to see men show emotions!
Novak married his high school sweetheart, Jelena Ristic, a few days after his Sunday victory on 17 July 2014 in Montenegro. Double congrats, Novak!!
No surprise that a Czech won the Women’s Single’s Championship since there were three in the quarters. Leftie Petra Kvitova over Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0. Dang. They hit hard out there! The second set was pretty boring – I’m not sure if that was due to Petra playing even better in that set or if Genie became too deflated.
Wimbledon Championship: Petra v. Eugenie (AFP)
Martina Navratilova, Petra’s idol, another leftie, wiped away tears during Petra’s speech. Genie looked pretty reserved during the awards ceremony. Though, really, she ought not be too gloomy – the talk is her sponsorships are about to skyrocket, and fellow Canadian William Shatner called her: “the cutest thing on Earth.”
Looked pretty effortless for defending champion Andy Murray to reach the quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive year by defeating Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). Did you know he has a new coach?
Murray pumped (Glyn Kirk AFP/Getty)
On the women’s side, three Czechs are in the quarters: Lucie Safarova, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Petra Kvitova. There were four Czechs in the Round of 16, which prompted Czech legend Martina Navratilova to quip: “Four Czechs into the second week, and none of them are named Berdych – it’s amazing.”
In dimming light with Hawk-Eye not working, Berdych asked stupid chair umpire Dumb Dumb Dumusois to change one of the line judges three times, which Dumb Dumb rejected each time. “I lost all the will to talk to that guy any more,” said Berdych. “I saw so many mistakes from him. I asked him three times to change the guy. All he said was, ‘Everybody can make a mistake, it’s a great linesman’.”
The match didn’t finish until 9:38 p.m., the latest time ever for an outdoor match at Wimbledon – WTH? And the darkness prevented the use of Hawk-Eye technology.
Due to stupid Dumb Dumb, the sixth seeded Berdych lost to Marin Cilic 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 7-6 (8/6) Friday night, as the light fadded. John McEnroe needs to straighten out that umpire!