“Play More Tournaments Than Actually Practicing”: French Open Champion Barbora Krejcikova Eyes Success at Wimbledon Championships and Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 06/15/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, Paris, France – June 14, 2021 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova poses with trophies in front of the Eiffel Tower after winning the women’s singles and women’s doubles titles at the French Open REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


One name that stole all the limelight at French Open 2021 was Barbora Krejcikova. Remarkably, the Czech professional stunned the world as she won both the women’s singles and doubles titles at this year’s clay major.

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Consequently, she reached a career-high ranking on World No. 15 in singles and regained her World No. 1 rank in doubles. However, this is just the beginning for the 25-year-old on the WTA Tour.

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Barbora Krejcikova on what’s ahead for her in the 2021 season

In conversation with WTA Insider, the newly crowned Roland-Garros champion revealed that her next tournament would be the grass major. Surprisingly, Krejcikova has never even qualified for the Wimbledon Championships.

Following London, she also looks forward to representing her country at the Tokyo Olympics 2021 before taking a break. “I think, at some moment, I also have to stop and just rest a little bit, so I’m still hungry, and I can still enjoy tennis,” Krejcikova said.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 12, 2021 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova celebrates with the trophy after winning the final match against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Furthermore, the Czech also explained the drawbacks of playing tournament after tournament. And as a Grand Slam champion, she will want to prepare her schedule more carefully than before.

“Sometimes when you go from one tournament to another, it gets really hard, it gets really tiring, and then sometimes you don’t have the power. That’s something I have to also look at,” Krejcikova continued. “And I have to schedule my tournaments a little bit better from now on.”

However, on the concluding note, the Brno-born revealed that she prefers playing tournaments to training. Hence, she will be playing as many tournaments as possible.

She said, “I love to play matches. For me, it’s better than practicing. I’m just always going to go and play maybe more tournaments than actually practicing.”

Above all, Krejcikova will play her first tournament as a seeded player and a Grand Slam champion in Wimbledon. Additionally, it will be her debut in the main event there.

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Krejcikova’s incredible 2021 season so far

Before arriving in Paris, the Czech professional won her first WTA title in Strasbourg the week before Roland-Garros. Krejcikova also reached her first WTA 1000 final in Dubai, where she lost against two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 10, 2021 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova in action during her semi final match against Greece’s Maria Sakkari REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Henceforth, the pressure on Krejcikova’s shoulders will be immense as her opponents will go all out against her. It will be interesting to see how she holds up against her recent success in the grass season.

Will Krejcikova do well on her Wimbledon debut?

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