In Sports News: Berdych hopes to avoid repeat of last year’s early exit(s) from Wimbledon; Krejčí is named Czech ice hockey player of year while he and Jágr hope to help Bruins save Stanley Cup final series; Bolt cancels visit to Ostrava; and decathlete Šebrle confirms retirement at 38.
Berdych hoping to put last year’s experiences at Wimbledon behind him
“It ended with the Olympics and after that everything was good. It didn’t linger and it’s not something that’s remained with me. It was a long time ago. I’m certainly not unsure of myself. You know how ready you are. It’d be the beginning of the end if you didn’t believe in yourself.”
Berdych takes on Martin Kližan of Slovakia in the first round. Meanwhile, Petra Kvitová, who lifted the women’s title at Wimbledon in 2011, takes on Coco Vandeweghe of the US on Monday evening, after the recording of our programme.
Krejčí wins Golden Hockey Stick as Bruins come close to Stanley Cup defeat
In ice hockey, David Krejčí has won the Golden Hockey Stick award for Czech player of the year for the first time. However, the centre, who is 27, was on the losing side on Saturday as his Boston Bruins fell 3:2 behind on games against Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup final. Krejčí and veteran Czech teammate Jaromír Jágr will be hoping they can help turn things around for the Bruins in Game 6 in the best-of-seven series.
Bolt cancels Ostrava visit to train in Jamaica
“He has evidently been unhappy with the times he has been achieving. We’ve understood that, and immediately made an agreement with him to come next year. He’s been accommodating to Ostrava so many times in the past that it’s only right that we show understanding for his needs. And I’m sure that’s how his fans in Ostrava will see it.”
Šebrle confirms retirement
Czech athletes triumph in Dublin to reach Superleague team competition
The Czech athletics team were clear winners in the two-day European Athletics Championships Team 1st League in Dublin at the weekend. That means the Czechs have qualified for the elite Superleague team competition, which will be held in Germany’s Brauhschweig next year.