In Sports News this Monday: Andy Murray pays tribute to Ivan Lendl after Wimbledon victory; Czech duo wins junior girls doubles in London; Kreuziger supports Contador through the Pyrenees stage of Tour de France; Montreal expressed interest in Jágr.
Andy Murray pays tribute to Ivan Lendl after victory
“I’ve got a great team, they’ve stuck with me through a lot of tough moments, and this one is especially for Ivan. He tried to win this when was playing, and I’m glad I was able to help him out when he was coaching. He’s a fantastic person, he’s worked extremely hard with me.”
For the 53-year-old Ostrava native, Wimbledon is the only grand slam he never won, aside from a victory in the junior competition in the 1970’s. As a pro, Lendl lost in the championships final twice - in 1986 and ’87. That did not stop him from having a record-breaking, 18-year-long career as a player, and now triumphing as a coach. Prior to Wimbledon, Murray won the US Open and gold at the Olympics.
Czech duo wins junior girls doubles at Wimbledon
Kreuziger supports Contador through the Pyrenees stage
Kreuziger seemed to be on top of his game throughout the grueling mountain climbs, helping out his team leader even in situations when he would have been able to pull ahead. In the end, he finished in 15th place on Sunday, but ended up climbing to 5th place in the overall standings so far.
Some commentators even wondered if Kreuziger should replace Contador at the head of the team, but the 27-year-old from Moravská Třebová himself took a humble and practical approach to the situation.
“We are here as a team, and it was all about teamwork. We have two more weeks before we get to Paris, and we need to work on it from one day to the next, so I think it’s all good.”
Kreuziger has all the confidence in his leader, and said Contador’s poor showing on Saturday was something that could happen to anyone.