|Petra Kvitová Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||March 8, 1990|
Petra Kvitová is a Czech professional tennis player who is well-known for her aggressive baseline play and fierce left-handed groundstrokes. She has won the Wimbledon title in 2011 and 2014, and is also an Olympic medallist, winning the bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She also won the Hopman Cup in 2012, partnering Tomáš Berdych.
K-Viddy, P3tra, Del Petra
Bílovec, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Petra attended the Nicholas Copernicus Grammar School in her hometown of Bílovec. She turned professional once she finished secondary school. After a physical attack on her by a robber in 2016, Petra was laid low by injuries and had a significant lay-off time for recovery and rehabilitation. During that phase, she enrolled at the University of Jan Amos Komensky to pursue a degree in communications and social media.
Professional Tennis Player
- Father – Jiří Kvita (Administrator, Former School Teacher)
- Mother – Pavla Kvitová
- Siblings – Jiří (Older Brother) (Engineer), Libor (Older Brother) (School Teacher)
She is represented by Marijn Bal, Manager, International Management Group (IMG), New York City, New York, United States.
Left-Handed (Two-Handed Backhand)
6 ft or 183 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Petra has dated –
- Adam Pavlásek (2011–2013)
- Radek Štěpánek (2013-2014)
- Radek Meidl (2014-2016) – Petra started dating Czech hockey player Radek Meidl in June 2014 and the couple got engaged in December 2015. However, they split in May 2016.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Czech descent.
- Often braids her hair in a single pigtail while playing
- Lanky frame
- Charming smile
- Gleaming face
Petra has served as the brand ambassador for –
- Wilson Sporting Goods Company
- Ritmo Mundo
- ALO Diamonds
- TAG Heuer
- L’Occitane en Provence
- Atelier Swarovski
She has appeared in the TV commercials for –
- GS Condro
- Skupiny ČEZ (Czech Power Distribution Company)
She has been sponsored by –
- UniCredit Bank
- Česká Pošta (Czech Postal Service Operator)
Petra Kvitová Favorite Things
- Tennis Player – Martina Navratilova
- Tennis Shot – Serve (Forehand and Backhand)
- Movie Genre – Comedy
- Music Genre – Pop, Rock
- Food – Sushi
- Cuisine – Italian
- Sports – Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball
- City – Melbourne
- Tennis Tournament/Event – Wimbledon
Petra Kvitová Facts
- When she won the Wimbledon Championships in 2011, Petra became the first player born in the 1990s, male or female, to win a Grand Slam tournament title. She held the record until Garbiñe Muguruza won the 2016 French Open.
- She also won the season-ending annual WTA Tour Finals (formerly known as the WTA Tour Championships) in 2011, which made her only the 3rd player to win that title in their debut appearance, after Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.
- Her first Fed Cup win in 2011 was also the Czech Republic’s first Fed Cup triumph as an independent nation.
- She achieved the feat of reaching the last 8 of every Grand Slam tournament after making it to the quarterfinals of the 2015 US Open.
- As of December 2019, Petra has won the prestigious Fed Cup, as part of the Czech Republic’s national female team, 6 times (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018).
- She was named as the 6th highest-paid female athlete and 5th among tennis players in the world by Forbes magazine in 2015. The same year, she partnered with Right To Play, an international non-profit organization that focuses on utilizing the power of sports to empower children facing adversity.
- Petra won the WTA Elite Trophy in 2016 (the tournament’s second edition) at her maiden appearance in the event. This made her the first player ever to win both categories of WTA’s season-ending championships on debut, after her 2011 triumph (on debut) at the WTA Tour Finals.
- On December 20, 2016, Petra was robbed and assaulted by a knife by a masked thug at her apartment in Prostějov, Czech Republic. She sustained multiple lacerations to the tendons and nerves on her left hand. She underwent surgery and by March 2017, had regained the use of her left hand. The criminal was identified and arrested as late as May 2018 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison, on February 6, 2019.
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