“It’s a Disaster”: Petra Kvitova Pledges to Donate Share of Her Prize Money for Relief Funds in Czech Republic

Published 06/26/2021, 2:22 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova reacts during her first round match against Belgium’s Greet Minnen REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier


On Thursday, June 24, 2021, a rare and deadly tornado with tennis ball-sized hailstones hit the southern border of the Czech Republic. It took lives, injured several, and disrupted entire villages. Notably, the area was not far from where the parents of Petra Kvitova reside.

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At that time, the two-time Wimbledon champion was contesting at a tournament in Bad Homburg, Germany. Far away from the home where she spent her childhood, the news naturally got to her.

Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 10, 2021 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action during her first round match against Poland’s Magda Linette REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Consequently, Kvitova decided to pay a share of her winnings in Homburg in relief efforts for the people affected. She ended up as a semifinalist, losing to former World No.1 Angelique Kerber in a deciding tiebreaker.

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According to BBC, the government confirmed a loss of 1000 houses due to the disaster. It also stated that the wind transformed the villages into war zones. But mostly, it shook everyone because of its coming out of nowhere.

In her post-match press conference, Kvitova expressed her remorse about the situation. Thus, she also wants to do everything she can to restore the damages done.

“It’s a disaster, and it’s pretty close to my parents and my family where I grew up. I’m really sorry. I was very sad it happened in Czech Republic. Having a tornado, we probably never had it before. It was really surprising. I hope the people will be ok,” Kvitova said.

The local authorities have also begun rebuilding the affected areas. Also, during such uncertain times, the support from the community becomes a need of the hour. Hopefully, things will restore quickly in the Breclav and Hodonin districts, and injured find health.

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Where will Kvitova play next?

The 31-year-old will try for her third Wimbledon title starting from Monday, June 28, 2021. She will play 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round.

Tennis – WTA Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 5, 2021 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action during her quarter final match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Sergio Perez

After an unfortunate accident in Paris, Kvitova had to withdraw from the tournament after the opening round. Hence, she will look forward to making up for her loss in the Championships.

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Given the circumstances, it is unknown how the 10th seed will open her campaign in London. Yet, fans from around the world will be behind her, supporting her in every match.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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