"Tennis in the Czech Republic - a culture with a long history"
In his column, Marat Safin, summed up the final Davis Cup match between Czech Republic and Spain.
The result of the final was largely dependent on Rafael Nadal. If Rafa had decided to play in Prague, it would have been very difficult for the Czechs. While on the other hand, it is unclear what form now resides Nadal from Wimbledon because he did not compete. However, in any case he would have very much helped his team. The second number is the Spanish national team - David Ferrer . The level and class of games, experience, skill - all to count on two points. So it is, by the way, in the end it turned out. He did his job perfectly well.
It was a very important doubles match. Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez - very good greenhouses, they recently won the championship final in London. However, a point to bring his team they have failed. In my opinion, Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated naturally. They have more experience so important matches than the Spaniards. Besides, the two of them play a couple of very good and this season have won all their matches, plus played together in the Olympics.
Became the final decisive fifth game, which met Stepanek and Nicolas Almagro. Although the Spaniard is now much higher in rank than a Czech experience he obviously smaller. He has not participated in such an important and crucial matches. Nicholas nervous, and can be understood. By itself it is a good tennis player, he has a good game, an interesting tennis, but to cope with the nerves could not, and that is quite obvious.
In fact, this is a very important point. Naturally, in this situation, everyone very nervous and worried, but not everyone can handle it. It's all relative. You have to adjust yourself so that you can play freely. This pressure must send you in the right direction. Need all this great energy return not in a negative direction, and positive. There is a man who would not be nervous in that situation. Will survive and Federer and Nadal and Moya, and Agassi, and all the rest. This is normal, there are no iron men. However, benefit only those who can bear to play, to convince your mind to overcome fear. It is this inner strength and defines a class player - one is in the top five, one lives at the end of ten, and for someone to hit the ceiling is in the top 20. This point is key to any athlete's career - as you show themselves in the most difficult, the key episode in which the tension on the limit.
Radek Stepanek was able to overcome himself. By the way, I've played against him a few times. I've known him for a long time, he was born in 1978, he's become quite a guy. Good specialist, seen a lot over his career. He deserved this success, for which I congratulate him! Although, of course, at his age it's hard to deal with a player like Ferrer, so he lost on the first day. Frankly, I think if we'd Almagro they played first approach, it would have lost him too. But here, as I said, the key role played by the nerves.
This year, the Czechs won every major team tournaments - Hopman Cup, Fed Cup and Davis Cup. A surprising result. In fact, in the Czech Republic has always been a very good tennis school, with a lot of outstanding players. I can remember: Ivan Lendl, Tomas Smid, Jan Kodesh, Petr Korda, Hana Mandlikova, Martina Navratilova and Helena Sukova, Martin Damm, Daniel Vacek, Kveta Peschke, Jana Novotna and others. They have a really good school, they live tennis. This sport is for them - a kind of culture, and with a long history. We, too, have competent professionals, its rich school history, though somewhat shorter, but it all depends on the tennis culture. In the Czech Republic there is a club system, all systematized. In every town there is a club in which the locals go, play, communicate with each other. This is part of their way of life, they love tennis. Tennis world - it is quite a serious community. In our country, too, had some very good clubs, but eventually everything is destroyed, people fled in different directions. Create an atmosphere artificially pretty hard.
I personally know a very good school in Prague and Prostějov. However, this does not mean that now all have to pack up and run there, there to train. No, not at all. It is understood that more than the Czechs themselves out no one really came out. They focus on their own, developing their school. And this is probably correct. Unfortunately, we have a different situation. Courts are almost there, and if there are, they are privately owned. We all go into business, rather than raising children and growing sport. This is a complex topic that is better to talk separately. I am sure that we will come to a correct understanding, but when it does, hard to say.
In the next Davis Cup we will not be in the World Group. Hopefully, in 2014, that will change. We will prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. We have completely changed the composition - leaves the older generation, must come to replace the young. On the general joy, the first hundred rankings were Evgeny Donskoy and Andrey Kuznetsov. Both guys are prospects. But actually, now we need to think not only about the Davis Cup, how to raise those children who can show something in two, three, four, or even five years. We don't just want to be in the World Group, we want to win trophies. Therefore it is necessary to engage in nurturing young tennis professionally, systematically and thoroughly. I'm not sure that alone we will have the same guys like Zhenya Kafelnikov or Kolya Davydenko. This is a rare phenomenon, and just so people do not become stars. Need this seriously, this requires a systematic approach. You can't play a tournament, then month to rest and train, then a tournament and then a month to spend again goof. In all need a professional approach. Children need to explain it, because they do not understand it, and parents often make mistakes. They think they are better versed than others in all matters. It's good they're supportive of their children, but sometimes it's better to turn to a professional. They should seek advice and ask the opinion of professionals, people who themselves played and played well. It is necessary to do. As in any field, you need to be a professional to succeed. Tennis is no exception. It is a pity that many do not understand.