Golden tennis girls from Tokyo
After the four men who won gold medals at the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, two women appear on the Czech Mint's commemorative coins – the accomplished doubles players Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková, who brought back the very first Czech tennis gold from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Both tennis players visited the headquarters of the Czech Mint in Jablonec nad Nisou to strike their coins in person.
"It's an extraordinary experience to strike yourself on a coin. The relief captures the moment when we were planning during the game, which was one of the keys to our victory at the Olympics," Barbora Krejčíková confided.
"It's an honour and I'm thrilled to be here. The coin is beautiful and the details on it are incredible – I was just admiring the fact that there's even a hairpin in my hair. I can't wait to buy one," said Kateřina Siniaková.
Thank you for your visit – it was an honour!
Czech tennis legends
It is not without interest that a number of tennis legends have appeared on the coins of the Czech Mint in previous years – namely Wimbledon winners Petra Kvitová, Jana Novotná, Martina Navrátilová, Jan Kodeš and Jaroslav Drobný.
"It is necessary to use the opportunity and present successful people to the young generation so that they have role models. They should tell themselves that they want to be like Navrátilová. Young guys don't even know who Lendl was. That's crazy," lamented Jan Kodeš, the initiator and promoter of the idea of tennis coins.
"I thought it was a joke, because coins usually feature queens or presidents. You might dream of being on a stamp, but to be on a coin is something special," Martina Navrátilová praised.
"I don't feel like a legend. For the other four personalities in this series it is clear, but the word doesn't really fit me. But who knows, maybe I'll see it differently when I'm done with tennis in a few years," Petra Kvitová confided.