During the recent J&T Banka Prague Open a series of special events were held to celebrate the life and career of much-loved Czech star Jana Novotna
The WTA’s Sarka Vitkova welcomed Jana Novotna’s parents, Libuse Novotna and Frantisek Novotny, for a dinner at Hergetova Cihelna, a popular restaurant on the banks of Prague’s Vltava River.
Inside, Jana’s parents chatted with Czech legend Helena Sukova, with whom Novotna won four Grand Slam doubles titles, and 1977 Roland Garros champion Mima Jausovec.
Dinner attendees from the younger Czech generation included Lenka Nemeckova, Klara Koukalova, Iveta Benesova and Lucie Hradecka.
Other guests included Phil de Picciotto, Founder and President of Octagon and Novotna’s longtime agent, along with WTA Supervisor Kerrilyn Cramer.
Martina Navratilova gave an emotional speech about her friend and compatriot Jana.
WTA President Micky Lawler presented Jana’s parents with a framed collage in remembrance of their daughter’s stellar career.
WTA board member Lisa Grattan took a closer look at the collage with Jana’s parents.
Czech Hall of Famers Navratilova and Jan Kodes posed with the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Dianne Hayes and 2018 inductee Sukova in front of Prague’s iconic Charles Bridge.
Koukalova, Nemeckova and Benesova enjoyed catching up with their legendary countrywoman Navratilova.
Jana’s family, friends and colleagues gathered for a group photo to conclude the special evening.
Jana’s life and career was also celebrated on finals day at the J&T Banka Prague Open, with former player and tournament director Petra Černošková (née Langrová) joining the dignitaries on court (far right).
Navratilova presented Jana’s parents with her Hall of Fame ring before a minute’s silence was held.
The Czech Mint has issued a commemorative Czech Tennis Legends coin series, featuring Wimbledon champions Kodes, Navratilova and Novotna, along with Petra Kvitova and Jaroslav Drobny.
A close-up of Novotna’s special edition gold and silver coins.