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Petr Pála (born 2 October 1975) is a former professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. Together with Pavel Vízner he reached the men's doubles final of the 2001 French Open but lost to Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes (6–7, 3–6). Pála was coached by his father František, who was a professional tennis player on the ATP tour.

Petr Pála
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Petr Pála after the 2016 Fed Cup final
Country (sports) Czech Republic
ResidencePrague, Czech Republic
Born (1975-10-02) 2 October 1975 (age 43)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro1993
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$1,104,149
Singles
Career record0–1 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest ranking286 (24 June 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open-
French Open-
Wimbledon-
US Open-
Doubles
Career record206–234 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles6
Highest ranking10 (6 August 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2002, 2004)
French OpenF (2001)
WimbledonQF (2001)
US Open3R (2001)
Coaching career (2008–present)

Pála never had the opportunity to do his singles ability justice on the ATP Tour due to injury. When he recovered from these injuries he returned immediately to the doubles tour, but could not gain entry to official ATP matches.

Pála became the non-playing captain of the Czech Republic Fed Cup team in December 2007.[1] Since then, he has led the Fed Cup team to world titles in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016, becoming the most successful Fed Cup team captain of all time.[2]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 runner-upEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2001 French Open Clay   Pavel Vízner   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Leander Paes
6–7, 3–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Novým kapitánem fedcupového týmu bude Pála" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 27 December 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  2. ^ Strength in Depth the Key for Five-Star Czech republic, WTA official website, 14 November 2016

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