Petra injured in knife attack

21 December, 2016 | 13:00 CET

UPDATE: Petra could be back on a tennis court in six months, her surgeon said on Wednesday.

“Surgeon Radek Kebrle said that the operation on Petra’s left hand went very well, with no complications,” Kvitova’s publicist said in a statement.

“Petra will be on bed rest for 14 days, she will begin slow rehabilitation at around 6-8 weeks post operation. If that rehabilitation process goes well, Petra should be able to grip a racket for the first time (but not play tennis) at three months. The best-case scenario is that Petra will be able to return to the tennis court after six months.

“It is too soon to specify when precisely she can return to competition, but Petra is ready to do everything she can to get back competing at the highest level. Petra is happy with how the operation went and is in good spirits.”

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20 December, 2016 | 21:00 CET

UPDATE: Petra is out of surgery, and her left hand will be in a cast for at least three months:

Petra has undergone surgery for 3 hours and 45 minutes. Considering the extent of the damage, the surgery went very well. Doctors repaired damage to tendons in all five digits of the left hand as well as two nerves. Petra will wear a cast on her hand for 6-8 weeks and will be unable to bear weight for 3 months. We hope to have more information for you tomorrow.

Petra to make Volvo Car Open debut

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. – Petra Kvitova will make her Charleston, South Carolina tennis debut at the 2017 Volvo Car Open, April 1st – 9th on Daniel Island. Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion and currently ranked World No. 11. She ended the 2016 season in impressive fashion, picking up titles at Wuhan and Zhuhai, as well as helping the Czech Republic to a historic fifth Fed Cup trophy in six years.

In addition to Kvitova, the player field forming for the 45th year of the WTA premier tournament includes:

  • Former World No. 1’s Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki
  • World No. 8 Madison Keys
  • World No. 10 Johanna Konta
  • 2016 Volvo Car Open Champion Sloane Stephens
  • Olympic Gold Medalists Monica Puig and Elena Vesnina

“We have been pursuing Petra to enter Charleston for more than four years,” said Eleanor Adams, Tournament Manager.  “To say we are excited is an understatement! Petra’s left-handed game and serve are perfectly suited for our courts. The fans will be amazed by her talent, fierceness and gracious personality – we can hardly wait!”

This season celebrates Kvitova’s sixth straight top 15 finish. In addition to her two titles in 2016, she captured a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics, was a finalist in Luxembourg, made the semifinals in New Haven and Stuttgart and made the quarterfinals in Indian Wells and Beijing.

“I’m very excited to play in the Volvo Car Open for the first time,” said Kvitova.  “I’ve heard what a wonderful city Charleston is and the Volvo Car Open is a great tournament, so of course I’m looking forward to April”.

The nine-day Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America, attracting an average of 90,000 attendees and 70+ of the top tennis players.

Tickets for the 2017 Volvo Car Open are now on sale. Patrons have the option to choose from individual tickets, ticket packages and travel packages. Ticket prices range from $25 for an individual session to $525 for the all-inclusive weeklong package. The Volvo Car Open will provide six special ticket packages in 2017, each offering more tennis at a greater value.

New in 2017, the tournament will roll out the Ace Club, an exciting membership program for box and ticket package holders. The Ace Club is a recognition program providing unparalleled amenities and benefits during the tournament.  In addition, members have the option to receive access into the Ace Lounge, an exclusive hospitality tent providing first-class accommodations including, live entertainment, air-conditioning, elevated food options and more.

For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com or call 800.677.2293.

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About the Volvo Car Open:

The Volvo Car Open is North America’s largest women’s only tennis tournament. The event, formerly known as the Family Circle Cup, moved to Charleston, S.C., in 2001 from Hilton Head Island, S.C., and will celebrate its 45th tournament in 2017. The Volvo Car Open welcomes more than 90,000 spectators each year. The tournament features a singles draw of 56 players, a qualifying draw of 32 players and a doubles draw of 16 players. The tournament is owned and operated by Charleston Tennis, LLC, a subsidiary of Meredith Corporation, publisher of Family Circle. For more information on the Volvo Car Open, visit http://www.VolvoCarOpen.com, call (800) 677-2293, email info@volvocaropen.com, Facebook (Volvo Car Open), Twitter (@VolvoCarOpen) or Instagram (VolvoCarOpen).

Petra hires Jiri Vanek as new coach

Petra has announced a new coach for the 2017 season, former ATP player Jiri Vanek.

Vanek is the former coach of Karolina Pliskova, who will now be coached by David Kotyza.

Petra was delighted to confirm the news:

“I’m happy to announce that Jiri Vanek will be my coach next year. I’m really looking forward to starting our preparation for 2017 together soon and welcome him to Team Petra.”