Saturday , October 16 2021

Fed Cup leaves the hero's generation. Is the end of the era approaching?

One by one, the heroes of the great generation of Czech tennis players leave the stage with federations. On Sunday Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova started cheering after the final triumph over the US for stormy applause. Two more harvested harvesters were created and left many beautiful memories. And what is the next question?

Step by step time passes, and the team that started the current triumph in 2011 remains only the active "fedcup" Petra Kvitova. Kveta Peschke has not represented for a long time, Iveta Benesova has finished her career, says Uncle Safarova. There are two experienced thirties, but Lucie Hradecká played the Fed Cup last year and Andrea Hlaváčková two years earlier.


Instead, young people are coming, as Kateřina Siniaková showed on the weekend. "There are a lot of young girls, we will leave them for a while," said Kvitova, not playing because of the cold in the final. But at the age of 28, he does not intend to finish in the Fed Cup.

"Not yet, I started with Peter (Pala), he's my only captain, and when that happens, I'd like to finish him," said Kvit, the new six-time champion of FedCup. Eight legendary American triumphs, Chris Evert, are not there yet. "Eight? It's still a lot," she added with a smile.

The question is, what will happen to Fed Cup? It's not that Captain Pala was playing this game. Apart from Kvitova, still Karolína Plíšková, the star Siniaks appears, who is also a great debut duet with Barbora Krejcikova. Markéta Vondroušová, Karolína Muchová and other young tennis players are eagerly awaiting.


Worse is with the future form of competition. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has recently reformed (according to others) the men's Davis Cup, and the women's tournament is next. ITF chief David Haggerty wants the Fed Cup to be turned into a big tournament tournament in one place.

"Today only 8 teams play in the World Group, which is simply not enough, we would like to expand to sixteen," Haggerty said during the weekend. The final games can take place in April. "It's sensitive, we're still in the consulting phase," he added.

The Czechs were one of the main critics of changes in the Davis Cup, as did the competition of women. No wonder who would like to miss the unique atmosphere of the O2 arena during the weekend?

"I hope Fed Cup will stay with the Fed Cup and it will not become such a scooter, as unfortunately with the Davis Cup, we will fight for it." This final showed what the Fed Cup is, it would be a terrible shame if it disappeared ", Ivo said on Sunday Kaderka, head of Czech tennis.

Next year, we're still looking, messages will be announced until the 2020 season if they are approved. For the Czechs it would be the end of a breathtaking era. So if Prague is not chosen for the finals of the "new" Fed Cup. It is even possible …

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