The draw has been mixed for the Czech players at the French Open, which got underway on Monday. Barbora Strycova has perhaps drawn the toughest opponent in last year's finalist Elena Dementieva of Russia, while 16-year-old Czech women's number one Nicole Vaidisova - ranked 35th in the world - will face Czech qualifier Lucie Safarova in the first round. Jiri Novak, meanwhile, says he could have faced a tougher opponent than Bjorn Phau of Germany.
"I have to say the draw is quite favourable. The main thing is I haven't drawn a clay court specialist in the first round. But I have to say every game, every opponent is very tough in this tournament. It'll be hard, but like I say the draw has been quite kind to me."
Jiri Novak was Czech men's number one for some time, but this year he has been overtaken by Radek Stepanek, who is currently ranked 17th in the world. The Karvina-born player, who is 27, faces Thailand's Paradorn Srichapan in the first round at Roland Garros. And he will have a very famous fan - Czech ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr is in Paris and says he will be cheering Stepanek on.
Jagr received some good news at the weekend when x-rays confirmed he would not need an operation on a little finger he broke at the recent hockey World Championships, which were won by the Czech Republic. And there was more good news for Czech fans, when coach Vladimir Ruzicka - who had planned to resign - said he could imagine helming the team for the Winter Olympics and the World Championships next year.
Milan Baros should become the first Czech ever to play in the final of football's Champions League, when his Liverpool play AC Milan in Istanbul this Wednesday. However, the 24-year-old from north Moravia may not start the game, having only scored two goals since December. And it could well be the striker's last appearance for Liverpool, where he is reportedly out of favour with the manager. Fellow Czech Vladimir Smicer is definitely leaving Liverpool, after six years. The 32-year-old midfielder has not been a first team regular in recent seasons.
Former Czech international captain Pavel Nedved has won his fourth Italian league title with Juventus. Nedved, who has been dogged by injury this season, is expected to decide in the summer whether to return to the national team, ahead of next year's World Cup. And Czech striker Jan Koller says he will see out the remaining year of his contract at Borussia Dortmund.
With two rounds left in the Czech league, the battle for second place - and a Champions League qualifier - looks set to go down to the wire. Slavia Prague, Teplice and Olomouc are all in contention, and Liberec too may be in with a shout, if they succeed in having an eight-point penalty for corruption overturned by the Czech football association.
The 11th Prague Marathon on Sunday was dominated by runners from Kenya: the men's race was won by Steven Matebo Cheptot in a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 42 seconds, while the women's category was won by his compatriot Salina Jebet Kosgei who finished in a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 48 seconds. A record 5,000 runners took part in the race.