|Posted on December 3, 2012 at 6:30 AM|
The Czechs became the first country in 22 years to win the Davis Cup and Fed Cup in the same year. The Czechs had already won the 2012 Hopman Cup (led by Tomas Berdych and Petra Kvitova) and the Fed Cup (won by Kvitova and Lucie Safarova two weekends earlier on the same court). With the Davis Cup title, the Czech Republic became the first country to sweep the three team competitions in one year.
Team events in tennis
• The Hopman Cup is an invitational team-based tournament that consists of eight teams comprising one male and one female.
• The Fed Cup, previously known as the Federation Cup, describes itself as the world's largest annual international team competition in women's sport. 90 nations entered in 2012.
• The Davis Cup, which began in 1900 as a competition between USA and Great Britain, is the main team event for men. It's now the world's largest annual international team event, with 123 nations entering in 2012.
2012 DAVIS CUP
L-R Ivo Minar, Lukas Rosol, Radek Stepanek, Tomas Berdych and team captain Jaroslav Navratil of Czech Republic hold the winners trophy aloft after a 3-2 victory against Spain during day three of the final Davis Cup match between Czech Republic and Spain at the 02 Arena on November 18, 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic.
2012 FED CUP
Members of Czech Republic Fed Cup team (L-R) Andrea Hlavackova, Lucie Hradecka, Lucie Safarova, Petra Kvitova and captain Petr Pala listen to the Czech anthem during the podium ceremony after at the International Tennis Federation Fed Cup final match Czech Republic vs Serbia on November 4, 2012, in Prague. The Czech Republic won a second straight Fed Cup after Lucie Safarova gave them an unbeatable 3-1 lead over Serbia by thrashing Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-1.
2012 HOPMAN CUP
Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych celebrate clutching diamond encrusted tennis balls and kissing the Hopman Cup after defeating Richard Gasquet and Marion Bartoli of France in the final of the Hopman Cup Tennis Tournament in Perth on January 7, 2012. The Czech Republic team won their respective matches.