In Sports News: the Czech Republic’s athletes qualify for the super league of the European Team Championships, after coming first in the competition’s second tier in Budapest; Jimmy Connors tells Czech Radio that Tomáš Berdych can do “damage” at Wimbledon; and a 17-year-old who has made only one Czech league appearance is reported to be on his way to Chelsea in a EUR 6-million deal.
Czech athletes reach top tier of European Team Championships
“I’m glad this team achieved what they were capable of. On Thursday when we were picking the team I said it’s our duty to win, and win by some margin. But then when things started going wrong a bit, I said it’s our duty to qualify. Nevertheless, this team showed that it’s got fighting spirit, and I firmly believe it has what it takes to compete next season”.
Berdych could do “damage” at Wimbledon says two-time winner Jimmy Connors
“I always thought he was a good player. From the first time I got back into tennis about three or four years ago, I saw him play and I liked his game, I liked the way he played. Sometimes you have ups and downs…if he gets on a high, the way he plays, he could do some damage here at Wimbledon.”
Czech youngsters heading for bright lights of Udinese and Chelsea
Meanwhile, English giants Chelsea are reported to be ready to pay in the region of EUR 6 million for central defender Tomáš Kalas. Kalas is only 17 years of age and, more remarkably, has only made one first-team appearance for Sigma Olomouc. He would likely spend another season at Olomouc, before next year moving to Chelsea, which is currently home to two other Czechs: Petr Čech and junior goalkeeper Jan Šebek.