Call the cat-sitter! Wimbledon finalist Marketa Vondrousova’s IT manager husband WILL fly in for the final after missing her run at SW19 looking after their sphynx cat Frankie
Marketa Vondrousova’s husband will fly in for Saturday’s final after missing his wife’s impressive Wimbledon run while looking after their sphynx cat in the Czech Republic.
Vondrousova – who married Stepan Simek on July 16, 2022 – secured her place in the Wimbledon final by beating Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3 on Thursday afternoon.
Saturday’s showpiece event will mark Vondrousova’s second Grand Slam final – having lost to Ash Barty in the 2019 Roland-Garros final after reaching the title decider following an impressive run which saw her beat Anastasija Sevastova, Petra Martic and Johanna Konta.
Therefore, Vondrousova’s husband – who also plays tennis as an amateur himself – felt it would be important to fly in from the Czech Republic to support her during Saturday’s final.
Speaking in her post-match press conference following her victory over Svitolina, Vondrousova revealed she had texted her husband to discuss the final and said they agreed to call a cat sitter.
Marketa Vondrousova’s husband will fly in for Saturday’s final after missing her Wimbledon run
Vondrousova secured her place in the Wimbledon final by beating star Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3
Vondrousova’s husband Stepan Simek has been at home looking after their cat called Frankie
She said Simek and her sister would be travelling to SW19 to support her in the Wimbledon final and revealed they had arranged for a sitter to look after their sphynx cat called Frankie.
The 24-year-old finalist said: ‘He’s [Simek] coming tomorrow with my sister. We texted the cat sitter to come to our home.’
Simek was present for Vondrousova’s maiden Grand Slam final in 2019 when she lost to Barty in the Roland-Garros final.
Despite being disappointed with the result at the time, Vondrousova feels the experience will help her overcome Ons Jabeur in this weekend’s Wimbledon final.
Vondrousova said: ‘I think it can definitely help in tough moments. Also, like, I’ve been through it. Once I was very young, so I think it was just too much for me back then.
‘Yeah, I think this can help you also on the way. You know what to do. You know you have to have good people around you.
‘Yeah, I mean, definitely it can help. I mean, I’m a bit older now also. Yeah, I think I’m a bit different person. Yeah, I’m just very happy to be through this again.’
As it stands, Vondrousova has only won one WTA singles title in her career – emerging victorious in Biel in 2017.
However, she has finished runner-up on four other occasions – including the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and Budapest, Istanbul and Roland Garros all in 2019.
Additionally, Vondrousova’s highest career ranking was No 14 which she reached in July 2019. However, she is now ranked No 42.
Simek (left) will be flying over with Vondrousova’s sister to see her compete in her second Grand Slam final
Nevertheless, she will be looking to secure her first Grand Slam victory on Saturday when she faces Jabeur in the Wimbledon final.
She will look to pick up the trophy in front of Simek – who was been pictured watching her in action at Wimbledon before.
Simek watched Vondrousova compete in 2017 and even enjoyed a trip to the London Eye with his then-girlfriend after she exited the singles in the first round.
However, Vondrousova did make it through to the quarter-finals for doubles that year.