Emotional farewell ceremony for Lucie in Prague

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Our Lucie was given a very emotional retirement ceremony in Prague, just before the J&T Banka Prague Open final between Jil Teichmann and Karolina Muchova.

The ceremony included speeches, gifts and archive videos from her childhood. It also featured video messages from fellow tennis players, family members as well as Coach Rob Steckley and doubles partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

During the ceremony, Lucie couldn’t retain her tears: “I wanted to say a lot, but my prepared speech is long gone now (…) I had a fantastic career. It wasn’t always so lovely – behind the scenes it was a lot of hard work, effort and tears. I wouldn’t have managed a thing without my family and friends

Her family was present for the ceremony.

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Before putting her tennis racket away for good, Lucie will compete in her final tournament later this month, in Roland Garros.

You can watch the whole ceremony on Youtube (however adjust the speed to 0,75 for clarity)

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TK Sparta Praha / Pavel Lebeda)
Farewell ceremony, Lucie Safarova is presented with the WTA farewell gift
TK Sparta Praha / Pavel Lebeda)
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