Tomáš Berdych has reached the third round of tennis’s Australian Open.
The Czech dispatched Robin Haas of the Netherlands 6-1 6-3 6-3 in an hour
and 19 minutes on Wednesday, continuing an impressive run of form since a
recent return after a six-month injury layoff.
Berdych’s compatriot Markéta Vondroušová has exited the competition after losing 4-6 5-7 to Petra Martic of Croatia in the second round.
Events are being held in the Czech Republic to mark the 50th anniversary of
the self-immolation of Jan Palach. The 20-year-old student set himself
alight in central Prague on 16 January 1969 in protest at apathy in the
face of the Soviet occupation and died three days later.
An exhibition is being opened on Wenceslas Square near the spot where Palach immolated himself, while a gathering and candle-lit procession will also take place there. Events are also being held at Charles University and the Prague University of Economics, both of which he attended.
Memorials are set to take place in Palach’s Central Bohemian hometown of Všetaty and the nearby Mělník, where he attended secondary school. Other events are also planned around the country.
A police officer who caused serious injury to a motorcyclist after blocking
his path with a service vehicle has again been cleared of wrongdoing. A
Prague appeals court ruled to that effect on Tuesday, confirming an earlier
Officer Šimon Vaic had been facing criminal charges of grievous bodily harm after driving his car into the path of a motorcyclist, who was at that time banned from driving, in July of last year. He could have faced up to two years in jail and a service ban if found guilty.
Football goalkeeper Petr Čech has announced that he will retire at the end
of the current season. Čech, who is now 36, won four Premier League
titles, the Champions League and the Europa League during an 11-year spell
at Chelsea, where he also set a number of individual goalkeeping records.
He lifted the FA Cup in 2017 with current club Arsenal.
Petr Čech was captain of the Czech national team, making a record 124 appearances over a 14-year period.
The UK’s departure from the European Union would affect a great many
Czech citizens living in Great Britain, the Czech foreign minister, Tomáš
Petříček, said on Tuesday, iDnes.cz reported. He said Czech estimates
put the figure at around 100,000.
Speaking at a meeting of the Senate’s European Affairs Committee, Mr. Petříček said he would regard a possible no-deal Brexit as unfortunate but said the Prague government would also have to plan for such an eventuality.
The minister also said elections to the European Parliament in March would be a test of the resilience of European liberal democracy and the EU as a whole.
Karolína Plíšková has reached the second round at tennis’s Australian
Open in Melbourne after overcoming compatriot Karolínu Muchová 6-3 6-2 in
little over an hour on Tuesday.
The world number eight’s twin sister, Kristýna Plíšková, is also into round two at the first Grand Slam tournament of 2019. She beat Anna Blinkova of Austria 7-6 2-6 6-2.
Strong winds and persistent snow are causing problems in some parts of the
Czech Republic. Roads remain closed in some mountain areas and an avalanche
alert just one degree short of the maximum level has been declared in the
Krkonoše Mountains in the north of the country.
Maintenance workers have gradually been clearing roads, while power had been restored on Tuesday morning to most homes that spent the night without electricity. Forecasters say temperatures should rise in the coming days.
The Czech Republic will reopen its embassy in Singapore, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who is currently on a diplomatic tour of Southeast Asia, said at a special Singapore-Czech Business Forum on Tuesday. The decision came after Mr. Babiš discussed the matter with Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček on Monday. Currently, the Czech Republic has a consulate in Singapore. Apart from trade relations, boosting cooperation in science is also an important component of the Czech PM’s trip. On Tuesday afternoon he visited Singapore’s autonomous vehicle testing centre CETRAN, where he tried out one of its unmanned vehicles. Meanwhile, the Czech University of Chemistry and Technology has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the local Nanyang Technological University. The Czech prime minister is set to continue his tour with a visit to Thailand today, after which he will travel to India.