Fruhvirt, 16, is not afraid of his national team debut. In Miami, she believed she could beat the best | iROZHLAS

Tennis players Markéta Vondroušová, Tereza Martincová, Karolína Muchová, Marie Bouzková and Linda Fruhvirtová are preparing for a qualifying weekend against Great Britain. Captain Petr Pála has yet to decide who will intervene in the match to advance to the final tournament. Thanks to her latest results in major tournaments in America, even the youngest player in the Czech team – sixteen-year-old Linda Fruhvirtová – has a chance.




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These days, when you walk around the Štvanice district of Prague, you are very likely to see him on one of the courts. Linda Fruhvirt smiles that she doesn’t train four times a day, even though it might look like that. At the same time, however, she admits that proper preparation is important so that her great talent can continue to develop.

Czech tennis players prepare for a match against Great Britain in Prague, including rising star Linda Fruhvirtová

“I like it, I like training and working on myself. I know it’s impossible without it. Mi try to hit that my body is still holding up. I also do a lot for regeneration so that I am ready to go to court and do the next day,” Linda Fruhvirtová told Radiožurnál.

The reward for her may also be the fact that she has now received an invitation to the national team, which will face Great Britain in Prague in Štvanice for promotion to the final group of the Billie Jean King Cup.

“When the competition between the pink team and the black team took place in 2020, all the girls except Maruška (Marie Bouzková) were there. But in fact, I know her too, we have already played one against the other. ‘other,’ recalls Fruhvirt of last summer.

In most parts of the world, the coronavirus was not played at the time, but in the Czech Republic, thanks to good conditions, tennis players participated in national tournaments and exhibitions, and in addition to the most big national stars, two girls without ID – Nikola Bartůňková and Linda Fruhvitová.


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“I’ve never had a problem working as a team, we’ve always had a great atmosphere with the girls in the youth categories. I like when the team has fun, we don’t get bored and we don’t is not so withdrawn. It’s not here, which is great,” the rising star thinks.

Before that, she started in the extra national league, exactly three years ago she was part of the Fedcup team in the qualifiers with Canada in Prostějov. And while at that time she was trying to train well, follow the preparation and match habits of more experienced compatriots, now she is able to get into one of the duels.

What if he had a chance?

“It just came to mind. In team competitions, I have already played a lot of matches for Czechia in the youth categories, a first start in the adults would be a great experience. I think it will come , either this week or in the years to come,” said the talented tennis player.

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Matches with stars

In a recent interview with Radiožurnál Sport, she said that she has been trying for a long time to get the best possible deal with the pressure and expectations.

She is not afraid to appear on the big stages, which she recently showed at major tournaments in America, where she beat the best tennis players in the world Elisa Mertens, Belarusian Victoria Azarenkova and played in equality with the current stars, Spain Paula Badosa or Switzerland Belinda Bencicova. .


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“Especially at such an age, it’s important for me to have matches against great players in great tournaments. Winning in such matches will give you confidence. Even if people tell you that you have such players, you won’t believe it until you really beat them. It’s definitely a milestone in my career.”

Linda Fruhvirt is already in the second hundred of the world ranking. Her current teammates Tereza Martincová and Markéta Vondroušová also applaud her not only for her latest performances.

“I’m crossing my fingers it’s important that she stays healthy. She has to be careful that she manages it, but she is playing very well,” praised Martincová. “She played really well. I think she really sacrifices everything, so I’m happy that it’s going like this for her,” added the Czech number one for the game against Great Britain Vondroušová.

The match between the Czech and British women’s tennis teams starts in Štvanice in Prague on Friday at 12:00. You can listen to regular entries on Radiožurnál and Radiožurnál Sport.

Jaroslav Plasil

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