|Posted on May 24, 2011 at 3:33 PM|
In the Czech media (my translation)
As of today it is not sure that Tomas will be participating in the tournament held in his hometown from May 30 to June 5, the Czech Open a.k.a. the Prostejov Challenger.
In fact when a player loses in the early rounds at Roland Garros, he can play a clay tournament the following week. It was the case for Tomas in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (only doubles with Jiri Novak), 2008 and 2009.
Unfortunately, the rule does not apply when the player is a the top 10 in a Grand Slam, which is the case for Tomas this year. A top 10 is not allowed to play a tournament during the second week.
Radek Stepanek who lost in the first round as well at Roland Garros, is not concerned by this rule and will be present in Prostejov next week.
The rules are strict that’s why the Czech federation has requested to make an exception for Tomas and is awaiting the response from the ATP. Berdych’s participation would be economically good for the tournament and Czech tennis in general.
Updated Thursday, May 26, 2011
The leading bodies of the ATP were uncompromising and rejected the request from the Czech tennis federation. Tomas is too high in the ranking and in no case is allowed to compete in a tournament the second week of a Grand Slam.
... but good news, he will be present for the launch of the tournament along fastest man on the planet Jamaican Usain Bolt and Czech star hockey player Jaromir Jagr.
It was also announced today the participation of Spaniard Tommy Robredo.