“This title is valuable a lot, because everything has been quite complicated since March. I’m very happy that I met it, I beat quality players and it’s a huge encouragement for the next few weeks, because the suffering has been long. Success was needed, “Veselý said in an interview with ČTK.
The problems of 28-year-old Veselý began in March. He suffered from coronavirus, played in quarantine in Miami, and was unable to get rid of his problems by the end of May. “The examination didn’t show anything, but I was told it was a post-ectidic condition. There were days when I trained for only forty minutes and had terribly high heart rates. And if you don’t have recorded volumes, it will affect your game.”
He decided to skip the Tokyo Olympics to put the game in order. Instead, another problem came – he had a car accident. At the beginning of August, he lost control of the car on the D4 motorway with his family in the rain. “We were driving a hundred and suddenly my car started to float and we flew,” he described. “God forbid that nothing serious happened,” he breathed, all escaping without serious injury.
He has been behind the wheel ever since with some respect. “I haven’t ridden in the rain since then and I’m not looking forward to it at all,” admitted Veselý, who had a break of two to three weeks due to a sore body. “I couldn’t lift my head properly for a few days, turn around. I had to wait for it to go away.”
He returned to the tournaments at the US Open Grand Slam. He lost in the first round, but he already felt that he was starting to improve. He reached the semifinals in the challenger in Austria, then lost twice in the first round, but in France he reached the semifinals first and then celebrated the title.
“I served both tournaments very well, it was my main weapon. But mainly I endured the matches physically and finally I was able to play more calmly after a long time. I decided the match with my own game and not my opponent’s mistakes. it’s distressed, which is sometimes seen in me, “said a native of Příbram living and training in Prostějov.
He is preparing for the Davis Cup on challengers
He wants to play as much as possible until the end of the season. That’s why they decided to skip the ATP Tour events with their team – coach Jaroslav Navrátil and Petr Michněv, with whom they go to tournaments. “I would not get into the main competition, so I will focus on the challengers,” said the 84th player in the world. He plans to play in the German cities of Ismaning, Eckental, then in Bratislava and Pau in France.
At the end of the season he will wear a national team jersey and at the end of November he will go to Innsbruck for the Davis Cup. The Czechs will try to surprise France and Britain in the group. “We are outsiders in both matches, but we will go to surprise. Of course we have tough opponents, but it’s the Davis Cup, it can mix in groups and anything can happen,” said Veselý.
He himself hopes that his performances in the team competition will grow even more. “The last two weeks have put me in a better mood and I believe I will be in the form I want to be in the Davis Cup.”