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 after the 2016 Fed Cup final
|Country (sports)||Czech Republic|
|Residence||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Born||2 October 1975|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Career record||0–1 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||286 (24 June 1996)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Career record||206–234 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||10 (6 August 2001)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2002, 2004)|
|French Open||F (2001)|
|US Open||3R (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. 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.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 runner-upEdit
|Runner-up||2001||French Open||Clay||Pavel Vízner|| Mahesh Bhupathi
- "Novým kapitánem fedcupového týmu bude Pála" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 27 December 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- Strength in Depth the Key for Five-Star Czech republic, WTA official website, 14 November 2016