Czech women’s tennis team hoping to clinch fifth Fed Cup title in six years
The Czech women’s tennis team are looking to continue a winning run in the prestigious Fed Cup. Last year, the team clinched their fourth title in five years in front of home fans; this weekend, they hope to continue their streak by defeating the French squad in Strasbourg.
On paper, the squad should probably be considered the favourites although the French team, coached by Amelie Mauresmo, is no pushover: Caroline Garcia, Kristina Mladenovic, Alizé Cornet and Pauline Parmentier. The French players will have their home fans behind them and not surprisingly the build-up has been intense: in the run-up, Czech Radio described how ads of the squads were visible on local trams and streets. The venue in Strasbourg, with a capacity of about 6,000 fans, should be packed. Czech player Lucie Hradecká described her first impressions.
“When we first saw it, the hall seemed small. I think it will sell out and that the atmosphere will be intense.”
Fellow player Karolina Plíšková agrees, saying that the audience would be very vocal and visible.
“The fans are seated quite close to the court so I think they will make themselves heard. [France] has great fans, not just at Roland Garros but at all tournaments. Things will probably get quite loud.”
“Having been there before, I think we are able to see things with a bit of distance. Of course, there is still pressure but it is not as intimidating. I think they are there for the first time and don’t know what to fully expect. They are playing at home, so that could be a little intimidating.”