In Sports News this Monday: The Czech men’s tennis team scored a famous victory at the weekend, beating Spain in the final of the Davis Cup to take the title for the first time as an independent state. The hero of the hour, veteran Radek Štěpánek, says he is “living the dream” and that the presence at Prague’s O2 Arena of the Czechoslovak team that took the trophy in 1980 made the occasion all the sweeter.
All eyes will be on Prague’s O2 Arena this weekend, when the Czech Republic take on Spain in the final of tennis’s Davis Cup. The last time the Czechs – as part of Czechoslovakia – won the prestigious title was back in 1980, and victory would be the crowning achievement of Tomáš Berdych, Radek Štěpánek and their teammates.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players win the Karjala Cup for the first time in 18 attempts; Barbora Špotáková becomes Czech Athlete of the Year for the sixth year in a row; the Czech men’s tennis team are preparing to meet Spain in the Davis Cup final in Prague; Viktoria Plzeň go top in the Czech soccer league; and the national team have gathered ahead of a friendly against Slovakia.
What should have been an exciting and above all safe automobile race for spectators in the region of Slovácko on Saturday, the RallyShow Uherský Brod, ended in tragedy when one of the vehicles, car No. 27, flew off the road into nearby spectators. Four people were killed. The darkest day in Czech rally history left many in shock and many unanswered questions.
In sports news this Monday: Sparta and Plzeň clinch important wins in football’s Europa League while at home, three teams are tied on top spot in the Gambrinus Liga; in hockey, Jaromír Jágr’s Kladno draws all-time record attendance and Chomutov apologize for racist fans; and in tennis, the Czech pair Hlaváčková, Hradecká lose in the final of WTA Championships in Instabul.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs beat Malta in World Cup qualifier; Sparta breaks losing streak while Jágr misses three chances against Litvínov; Štěpánek wins doubles title with Paes at Shanghai Masters tennis championship; Velká Pardubická steeplechase ends with a disappointment for Josef Váňa; European champion Dryml misses top three spots at the Golden Helmet speedway race.
The legendary Czech hockey goalie Dominik Hašek has announced his retirement. A year and a half since his last match, played in Russia, the 47-year-old Olympic champion and two-time Stanley Cup winner had been hoping for yet another stint in the NHL. But on Tuesday, Dominik Hašek said that since no offer had come from overseas, it was best to call time on his career. RP spoke to the star goalie Dominik Hašek, soon after he announced his decision.