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Petra Kvitova Opens A New Hall Of Fame Dedicated Entirely To Her



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Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has achieved various accolades throughout her career and now she has her own museum to mark those achievements.

On Thursday the 32-year-old officially opened a Hall of Fame created in her honour in the Czech city of Fulnek where she was born. The facility has two separate areas. In one part of the exhibition tennis rackets, player accreditations, and even pieces of clothing belonging to Kvitova are on display. Then in a separate area, there are two trophy cabinets which include both the Wimbledon trophies she won in 2011 and 2014.

The idea of creating Kvitova’s own Hall of Fame came from her brother Libor and her father Jiri was involved in preparing the facility. Jiri, who was the person that introduced his daughter to tennis, was unable to attend the opening ceremony due to health reasons. The project was developed by the city of Fulnek and the Tennis Sparta Agency.

It’s the first hall of fame for an individual athlete in the Czech Republic, so I’m glad that Fulnek is the first in something again,” Kvitova told Czech media.
“I gave my brother permission. I asked my dad, and even though he didn’t have much to do, he had to allow it. After all, they are my trophies,” she later added.

Kvitova has been an honorary citizen of Fulnek since winning her maiden major title back in 2011. During her career, she has won 29 WTA trophies, been ranked as high as No.2 in the world and has won more than $34M in prize money. She has beaten a top 10 player on more than 50 separate occasions.

Amid her success, Kvitova also had to contend with a serious hand injury that threatened to end her career. In 2016 an intruder entered her apartment and held a knife to the tennis player’s throat. Kvitova fought to free herself but in the process suffered a serious cut to her hand from the knife which required immediate surgery. Damage was done to her nerve and even when she returned to the Tour she had no feeling in some parts of her hand. After an extensive police search, Radim Zondra was convicted of the offence and sent to prison in 2019.

10 out of her 29 titles were won after returning to the Tour following that ordeal.

According to Tenisovy Svet, one of the items on display is a wooden racket which Kvitova used when she first started to play tennis.

I have two older brothers who played tennis. As the youngest, I ran with them and handed them balls. That bat has been through a lot,” she said.

Another item is her runners-up trophy from the 2019 Australian Open which she describes as the most ‘painful defeat’ of her career. She missed out on winning the title to Naomi Osaka who battled to a marathon 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-4, victory.

“Probably no one believed that I could be in the final of the Grand Slam again. It was probably the most painful defeat in my career, but when I look back on it, I think it was an amazing success after everything that happened,” she reflected.

Kvitova will return to competitive tennis next week at the Prague Open where she is set to be the third seed.

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The Petra Kvitova Hall of Fame in video (source – iDNES)

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing



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Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two



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Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Russian World No.78 Elina Avanesyan To Switch Nationalities



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A week after losing her fourth round match at the French Open, a government minister has confirmed that Elina Avanesyan is in the process of changing the nationality of who she plays for. 

The 21-year-old is switching her aligence from Russia to Armenia, according to Armenia’s deputy Minister of International Affairs and communication. Karen Giloyan has told the news agency Armenpress that Avanesyan will soon be representing his country. However, the tennis player has yet to comment on the matter.  Avanesyan was born in Russia but has Armenian parents.

“Elina Avanesyan will compete under the Armenian flag, but there is nothing official yet. We are waiting for her to get the citizenship of the Republic of Armenia so that everything will be official,” Giloyan told Armenpress.

Such a development would be a massive coup for the Armenian tennis federation which currently doesn’t have a player ranked inside the top 500 on either the men’s or women’s Tour. The country has a population of less than 3M. Perhaps their best-known player is Sargis Sargsian who reached the top 40 back in 2004. Others on the Tour also have Armenian heritage but don’t represent the country such as Karen Khachanov.  

Avanesyan is currently ranked 78th in the world, which is 18 places below her career high. This season, she has scored high-profile wins over Maria Sakkari at the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur in Charleston and Qinwen Zhang at the French Open. 

She has yet to play in the final of a WTA tournament.

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