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Thomas Berdych @ Tennisrulz!! Latest news

Began playing tennis at age five...Father, Martin, was a train engineer, mother, Hana, is a doctor...Began playing at tennis center in hometown of Valasske Mezirici, a town of just 30,000 and soon became a top junior...Won Czech Republic 12-under junior title and moved to city of Prostejov where there were more practice partners and better coaching...Commuted home often to keep his ties to his old school...Won 14-under nationals and at 16, he won the prestigious 18-under national title in the city of Parovbice, which boasts Ivan Lendl as a former champion...Big fan of ice hockey and follows Detroit Red Wings...Has met many of Czech players from NHL and 1998 Olympic gold medal team, including Martin Straka, Jaromir Jagr and Dominik Hasek, since all of them are big tennis fans and have on several occasions come to Prostejov to play...Favorite surface is hard court and his strengths are forehand and serve...Has a 13-4 career Davis Cup record (9-4 in singles) in nine ties... Coached by countryman and former ATP pro Jaroslav Navratil. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~