A young rebel by the name of Vasek Pospisil
The name rings a bell. Frantisek Pospisil was once the captain of the Czech national ice hockey team back in the era of the great Vaclav Nedomansky. This name is now undergoing a revival in the world of tennis. Vasek Pospisil, ATP number 40, has now reached his third semi-final of the season in Basel, the other two having been in Bogota and Montreal. The 23-year old is your textbook athlete, fast on his feet and strong in the arm. Born in Vernon, British Columbia, and currently residing in tax haven the Bahamas, the young man has his roots in the Czech Republic. For a large part of his career he trained in Prostejov, just like Martina Hingis before him, but for five years now he has been playing for Canada, the country he is representing in the Davis Cup. These tennis imports, a group which also includes Montenegrin-born Milos Raonic in its ranks, make Canada a force to be reckoned with. Pospisil is performing extremely well this season and is continually gathering momentum. This means all the more to him given that he was struck down with glandular fever in 2012 and had to fight to get himself back into shape. In Basel he will exceed the annual prize money limit of half a million dollars. It is entirely possible that, in the shape of Pospisil, Basel will yet again serve as a springboard for a new rising star.