Czech men's tennis team to face Israel in Davis Cup qualifiers

Jakub Menšík will lead the charge for the Czech team against top Israeli player Yishai Oliel from 3:00 p.m. at Moravia's Vitality Slezsko Sports Complex.

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Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 03.02.2024 10:00:00 (updated on 03.02.2024) Reading time: 2 minutes

The Czech Republic's men's tennis team is gearing up for a crucial Davis Cup qualification round against Israel, set to unfold in Vendryně at the Vitality Slezsko Sports Complex this weekend. A draw ceremony yesterday unveiled the matchups, with Jakub Menšík leading the charge for the Czechs against Israel's top player, Yishai Oliel.

The 18-year-old Menšík will kick off the proceedings on the hard surface in Vendryně at 3:00 p.m. local time this afternoon. In the second singles match today, Jiří Lehečka is set to face Daniel Cukierman.

The Czech duo of Tomáš Macháč and Adam Pavlásek is slated to compete in a doubles match on Sunday, and the singles matches will conclude with Lehečka taking on Oliel and Menšík facing Cukierman. Sunday's singles schedule is still tentative pending the results of the first three matches.

Despite some challenges, including the late arrival of Tomáš Macháč, returning from the Australian Open, Czech team captain Jaroslav Navrátil expressed confidence in his team's abilities.

"I think we are 100% ready for the match," Navrátil told journalists on Friday. The team is optimistic about their performance and aims to secure a spot in the Davis Cup group stage. They come into the qualifier as the favorites to defeat Israel in the home-court qualifier.

The last time the Czech Republic hosted a Davis Cup qualifier was in 2019, facing the Netherlands. Due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, this weekend's event is marked by heightened security measures. The matches will be held in front of a sold-out crowd with a capacity of 1300 fans in Vendryně.

At their previous encounter in 2022, the Czech team emerged victorious with a 3-1 win in Tel Aviv. However, they are not underestimating Israel's team, led by captain Jonathan Erlich, emphasizing the unpredictable nature of Davis Cup competitions.

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For Jakub Menšík, this marks his second Davis Cup singles appearance, having debuted last year in the group stage against Serbian Dušan Lajović. With a recent ranking boost to 127 after reaching the second round of the Australian Open, Menšík is eager to face Oliel, currently ranked 415. Following his first ATP title at the Adelaide International last month, Lehečka is currently the top-ranked Czech at 31.

The victor of this Davis Cup qualifier round will advance to the group stage scheduled for September 10 to 15, while a finals tournament featuring eight teams is set to take place in November in Málaga.

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