Slovak tennis player makes it to doubles semi-finals at Wimbledon

Filip Polášek returned to professional tennis in 2018 after a five-year hiatus.

Slovak doubles tennis player Filip Polášek plays the Wimbledon doubles semi-finals, with his partner Ivan Dodig, on July 11. Slovak doubles tennis player Filip Polášek plays the Wimbledon doubles semi-finals, with his partner Ivan Dodig, on July 11. (Source: TASR)

When Zvolen-born doubles player Filip Polášek decided to end his professional tennis career in November 2013, he cited his health issues concerning spinal plates as the reason. However, last summer he returned to the tennis court.

It took him only a year to reach the level that got him, with his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig, to the semi-finals at Wimbledon. It was six years ago when Polášek played Wimbledon for the last time.

“Making it to the elite Wimbledon doubles quartet is a great result, but when you are at this point of the tournament, you want to go even further,” Polášek said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

They beat Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof 2:6, 6:7 and 3:6 in the quarter-final round on July 10.

Good chemistry

Polášek realises he cannot choose his rivals at this point. In the semi-finals, on July 11, they will face French doubles players Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Dodig and Polášek played together for the first time at the tournament in Turkey and made it, in fact, to the finals. However, they lost the game.

“We understand the game in a very similar way, and we got used to each other quickly,” Polášek said about Dodig, as quoted by TASR.

Dodig also has great serves and returns, which are important for success, he added.

Hantuchová's shoes

If the 32-year-old Slovak doubles player succeeds in the semi-finals, he may follow in the footsteps of another Slovak player, Daniela Hantuchová.

She became the Wimbledon mixed doubles champion at the age of 18, back in 2001, with her Czech partner Leoš Friedl.

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