|Posted on September 7, 2009 at 4:14 PM|
Praha - Monday, September 7, 2009
Five tennis players have been nominated today by Davis Cup captain Jaroslav Navratil to play the 2009 Davis Cup semi-final against Croatia from 18 to 20 September:
- Radek Stepanek
- Tomas Berdych
- Jan Hernych
- Jan Hajek
- Lukas Dlouhy
On next Sunday all will fly to Porec in Croatia. The nominations have been approved by the Executive Committee of the Czech Tennis Association (CTS).
"All players have confirmed or still have to confirm their participation" said Navratil in a press release. "Once we are in Porec I will finally decide which players will be nominated to play the singles" added Czech captain.
Stepanek lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, while Berdych was eliminated in the third round by Fernando Gonzalez.
Jan Hernych, Jan Hajek and doubles specialist Lukas Dlouhy were also named on the Czech team. One of them will be left out by captain Jaroslav Navratil on Thursday.
The draw ceremony will take place on the 17th September (hey it's Tomas's Birthday!). "The captain nominated a compact and strong team" said the president CTS Ivo Kaderka.
Navrátil did not nominate Iva Minar, who had a positive doping test in July during Davis Cup quarter-final against Argentina. His case is currently subject of investigation by the International Tennis Federation.
Stepanek, Berdych lead Czech charge against Croatia
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - "Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych will lead the Czech Republic in their Davis Cup semi-final tie against Croatia at Porec later this month" team captain Jaroslav Navratil said on Monday.
World number 16 Stepanek and 18th-ranked Berdych, will be joined by Jan Hernych (70th), Jan Hajek (147)and Lukas Dlouhy  in the tie from September 18-20.
Navratil has had to dowith out the services of world number 66 Ivo Minar, who tested positive for a banned substance during the quarter-finals against Argentina in July.
Our team is strong and compact. We won't be going there with the outsiders 'tag' said Czech tennis federation president Ivo Kaderka.