Jaroslav Navratil has revealed that he has officially extended his contract as the Czech republic Davis Cup team captain until 2015. The 56-year-old captain has proven his worth to the team, having led them to Davis Cup victories for the first time in the team’s history. Under Navratil, who has been captain since 2006, the Czech team have taken part in three finals in the last five years, winning the title consecutively in 2012 and 2013.
Navratil also mentioned that the top two Czech players, Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek will continue playing Davis Cup events and that certainly made his decision to stay a lot easier.
“I was waiting for a decision from Berdych and Stepanek, and then I decided to sign for two more seasons,” Navratil told agency CTK.
Navratil missed the 2013 final against Serbia after being hospitalised with a pulmonary embolism. Substitute Vladimir Safarik took charge of the team that weekend but it was Navratil’s work that had led the team to the finals in the first place.
The Czech Republic is scheduled to meet the Netherlands in the first round of the 2014 World Group, with the tie to be staged in Ostrava from January 31 to February 2.