Not to be overshadowed by his compatriot Tomas Machac. Czech Republic has another young tennis star with huge pedigree. Here we take a look at Jiri Lehecka in more detail, including who his coach is.
Lehecka has already tasted Grand Slam success, during his time on the junior circuit.
Alongside his countryman Jonas Forejtek, the 20-year-old won the junior Wimbledon doubles title in 2019.
2021 has been a memorable year for the right-hander, as he reached a career-high ranking of number 140 in the world and he won his maiden ATP Challenger title in Tampere, Finland, in July.
He would go onto win a further Challenger title in Bucharest, Romania, where Lehecka didn’t drop a set en-route to lifting the trophy.
He also secured his first top 100 win after beating the Argentine and world number 94 Federico Coria at a Challenger event in Bratislava.
He finished the 2021 season representing his country in the Davis Cup where he participated in both the singles and doubles matches.
After his compatriot Machac had upset world number 25 Daniel Evans, in the Group C rubber against Great Britain, Lehecka was tasked with pitting his wits against the world number 12 Cameron Norrie.
Lehecka took the second set 6-1 against the left-hander, but lost in the third set.
In his last Challenger outing of the 2021 season, Lehecka beat Gilles Simon and rising star Holger Rune en-route to reaching his third Challenger final appearance of the season, before losing in the Championship match to Radu Albot.
Who is Jiri Lehecka’s coach?
Lehecka has been surrounded by sport since the day he was born, as his parents were professional athletes. His mother did track and field, and his father was a professional swimmer (ATP).
His biggest passions outside of tennis include skiing and cycling, but he enjoys all sports.
He told the ATP website: “I have the genes to be a sportsman. Sport is my passion all the way up and down.”
Lehecka has heaped praise on his coach Michal Navratil and his mental coach for having the biggest impact on his career: “I’ve had a lot of emotions on the tennis court and I’m just trying to be more positive each day.
“They have helped me with that. Be more positive and go 100 per cent and with that the success will come.”
Navratil was the former head coach of Adam Pavlasek for three years and helped him move from number 550 to a career-high ranking of 72.
He also coached Jiri Vesely, a former world number one junior, and helped him rise from number 300 to 64 in the rankings.
Navratil also worked with former Grand Slam finalist Tomas Berdych, who was coached by Navratil’s father Jaroslav, as a practice and travelling partner for six years.
Navratil is a former ATP player who reached a career-high ranking of 274 in the singles and 207 in doubles.