In Sports News: the bad results keep coming for Nicole Vaidišová, who was knocked out in her first match at the French Open – her fifth first-round exit in a row; the Czech football squad are preparing for Euro 2008 warm-up games against Lithuania and Scotland, though with Tomáš Rosický out of action, questions remain over their most effective line-up – and who should wear the captain’s armband; and Vítězslav Lavička looks set to take the hottest seat in Czech domestic football, the manager’s job at Sparta Prague.
Vaidišová’s early exit from French Open fifth first-round defeat in row
The career of Czech women’s tennis number one Nicole Vaidišová remains in crisis, after she lost 6-7 1-6 to fellow Czech Iveta Benešová in the first round of the French Open on Sunday. That is the fifth tournament in a row in which the 19-year-old has exited in the first round; she has not won a match since the beginning of March, and several commentators have suggested she is carrying too many kilos. Vaidišová says, however, that she is confident results will start going her way once she has spent more time with new coach David Felgate; she hooked up with him after parting company with her step-father Aleš Kodat earlier this year.
Czechs prepare for Euro 2008 warm-ups, but questions remain over formation, captain
Lavička set for Sparta hot-seat
On the domestic front, Vítězslav Lavička looks set to take the hottest seat in Czech league football – the manager’s job at Sparta Prague. Lavička won four league titles as assistant manager at Sparta, and some years later briefly held the top job. The big-money club’s most recent boss Michal Bílek quit with just two games of the season remaining, after his charges squandered a promising lead in the race for the Czech league title.