|Posted on May 20, 2012 at 4:30 AM|
Czech Republic to line up with Top Ten player Tomas Berdych
and Australian Open doubles winner Radek Stepanek
With Tomas Berdych (currently seventh on the ATP Tour rankings) being named in the Czech Republic’s team, Tournament Director Dietloff von Arnim is able to announce the first Top 10 player to sign up for this year’s POWER HORSE WORLD TEAM CUP at the Rochusclub Duesseldorf from May 20 - 26. “Berdych and his compatriot Radek Stepanek both welcomed the chance to play at our tournament,” said von Arnim. “I’m sure further Top Ten players from other countries will also be competing at the World Team Championship in Duesseldorf. The signs are definitely there.”
After reaching the final at the ATP World Tour Finals in London at the end of last year, Berdych has made a great start to the new season. He has a 12-2 win-loss record in the three tournaments he has played in 2012. The Czech was a quarterfinalist at the Australian Open, the winner in Montpellier and a semifinalist in Rotterdam. Berdych has appeared six times at the POWER HORSE WORLD TEAM CUP in Duesseldorf with the last time being in 2010. Even though the Czech Republic reached the final in 2007, the team eventually lost to Argentina.
“Oldie” Radek Stepanek (No. 28) has already made it to the final at the World Team Championship when the Czech Republic lost to Chile back in 2003. The 33-year-old recently celebrated his biggest career win when he claimed the doubles title at the 2012 Australian Open. Playing alongside Leander Paes (India), Stepanek defeated the U.S. twins and top favorites Bob and Mike Bryan who have headed the world doubles rankings for a number of years now.
Perhaps this time around Berdych and Stepanek, who have never played together at the Duesseldorf Rochusclub, will be finally able to walk away with the first title for their country. A finalist on four occasions, the Czech Republic is still looking to win the Tennis World Team Championship.
Germany was the first nation to confirm their participation at the POWER HORSE WORLD TEAM CUP at the end of January. Their team will include their top ranked player Florian Mayer (currently No.19), Philipp Kohlschreiber (30) and doubles specialist Philipp Petzschner (14/doubles).