|Posted on April 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM|
(From L to R) Lukas Rosol, Tomas Berdych, captain Jaroslav Navratil, Radek Stepanek, Frantisek Cermak pose for a photo ahead of the World group quarter-final Davis Cup encounter between Czech Republic and Serbia in Prague, Czech Republic, on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
- Lukas Rosol, born July 24, 1985 in Brno, Czech Republic, is a Czech professional tennis player. Rosol competes on the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP World Tour, both in singles and doubles. Rosol was coached by former Czech player, 1999 US Open quarterfinalist Ctislav Dosedel.
- Played with double-handed backhand both sides...Started playing tennis aged six...Father is Emil, mother is Dana; one sister, Nicole, and one brother, David...Hobbies include watching sport...Favourite surface is clay.
- Tomas Berdych, born September 17, 1985, in Valasske Mezirici, is a professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. His most notable achievements are reaching the final of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, and the semifinals of the 2010 French Open. He defeated the Croatian player Ivan Ljubicic in five sets to win the Paris Masters (which is a part of the ATP Masters 1000) in 2005. He has since reached the final of the Miami Masters in 2010, but he was defeated by Andy Roddick in straight sets. He reached a career high of world no. 6 on October 18, 2010.
- Began playing tennis at age five...Father, Martin, was a train engineer, mother, Hana, is a doctor...Began playing at tennis center in hometown of Valasske Mezirici, a town of just 30,000 and soon became a top junior...Won Czech Republic 12-under junior title and moved to city of Prostejov where there were more practice partners and better coaching...Commuted home often to keep his ties to his old school...Won 14-under nationals and at 16, he won the prestigious 18-under national title in the city of Parovbice, which boasts Ivan Lendl as a former champion. Big fan of ice hockey and follows Detroit Red Wings...Has met many of Czech players from NHL and 1998 Olympic gold medal team, including Martin Straka, Jaromir Jagr and Dominik Hasek, since all of them are big tennis fans and have on several occasions come to Prostejov to play...Favourite surface is hard court and his strengths are forehand and serve...Coached by Tomas Krupa (since January 2009) and fitness trainer is José Félix González Castilla.
- Radek Stepanek, born 27 November 1978 in Karvina is a professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. Stepanek turned professional in 1997. He started on tour as a doubles specialist, winning 12 ATP titles. Since 2002, Stepanek has focused on being a better singles player while still playing top-level doubles. He is known for his after the shot grunting, his over the top celebrations and his many relationships with WTA players. Stepanek first came to mainstream notice when he defeated former world no.1 Gustavo Kuerten in 5 sets on his way to the 3rd round of the 2003 Australian Open.
- Nicknamed “Steps” by his countrymen...Began playing at age three with his father, Vlastimil, who is a tennis coach; mother, Hana, is a librarian; brother, Martin, is a policeman...His hometown of Karvina is an industrial mining town in north of Czech Republic near Polish border...Admired Ivan Lendl while growing up...Hobbies are playing soccer, floorball and hockey (wanted to be a goalie as a youngster)...His favorite NHL players are countrymen Jaromir Jagr and Dominik Hasek. Enjoys playing on all surfaces...Considers his serve as best shot...Since 2001, has worked with countryman Petr Korda in Bradenton, Florida part-time...Best friend on tour is countryman Jiri Novak...Married former WTA Tour pro Nicole Vaidisova in a Prague castle on 17 July 2010...Coached by countryman and former World No. 2 Petr Korda [since December 2008].
- Frantisek Cermak, born November 14, 1976, in Valtice, Czech Republic, is a Czech professional tennis player. Cermak turned pro in 1998. He has won 26 doubles titles on the ATP Tour, and has been a finalist 19 times. He reached his career high doubles ranking of World No. 14 on February 1, 2010. He usually plays doubles with Filip Polasek.
- Nicknamed Cermis by his countrymen...Began playing tennis at age seven with father, Frantisek, who is an office manager and also coaches junior players part-time in Kostice...Mother, Ivana, is a bookkeeper in a local hospital...Has one younger brother (15 months), Ivo, who is a policeman in Kostice...Speaks Czech, English and German...Played hockey at age three to 11 before concentrating full-time on tennis...Follows New York Rangers of NHL and enjoys listening to music from 1980s-90s (big fan of U2)...Growing up admired Ivan Lendl, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg...Favorite surface is clay and slow hard courts and considers serve his best shot... Coached by countryman Nikola Martin (since September 2006).