The Czech Republic’s men’s tennis team have reached the playoffs for
the elite World Group in the Davis Cup. The Czechs made it 3:1 against
Israel with a doubles win in Ostrava on Saturday for an unassailable lead
on games in the best of five series.
The draw for the playoffs takes place next Wednesday. The Czech Republic won the Davis Cup in 2012 and 2013.
The Czech men’s tennis team have been knocked out of the World Group in
the Davis Cup. It is only the second time the Czech Republic have exited
the top level of the competition and comes after a 2:3 defeat to the
Netherlands at the weekend.
The Czechs – without big names Tomáše Berdych and Radek Štěpánek – had been leading 2:1 on matches going into Sunday, but Jiří Veselý lost to Robin Haas before Lukáš Rosol was beaten by Thiemo de Bakker in the decisive fifth match.
Spending watchdog the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) says in a report that the Ministry of Education distributed money to sport in a non-transparent and ad hoc manner between 2013 and 2015. The report issued on Monday said that a points system of awarding funds was dropped between 2013 and 2014 when it suited the ministry. Guidelines for co-financing also varied widely without any clear reason. The current outgoing minister, Kateřina Valachová, said that the problems stemmed from previous ministers and that she had to carry out a series of audits when she took over the post. Sports funding from the ministry is currently the focus of a scandal with the head of the Czech football association and a former deputy minister at the education ministry among the main suspects.
In Sports News this Monday: a sobering defeat for the Czechs in the Davis Cup; a strong women’s team prepares to face Spain in the Fed Cup; second in Bulgaria and second in World Cup rankings for snowboard cross’s Eva Samková; and in ice hockey, Sparta Prague seek to overturn the Swedes on home ice in the Champions Hockey league final.
In tennis, the Czech team finally lost in the Davis Cup to Australia 1:4. Jiří Vesely picked up the sole point for the visitors with a 3:6, 7:5, 6:3 win against doubles specialist Sam Groth. In the last match Jan Šátral lost 6:7, 2:6 against Jordan Thompson. The tie had already been decided after the doubles when the Czechs went 3:0 down. They will now face play-offs against other first round losers to remain in the top 16 World Group.