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Kvitova to carry Czech Republic flag at Olympics in Tokyo

The two-time Wimbledon champion said she was “speechless” after being given the honour

Petra Kvitova Petra Kvitova Action Images / Panoramic

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will carry the flag for the Czech Republic at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.

The 31-year-old, who won a bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, will join Tomas Satoransky, the basketball player, in parading the flag.

Kvitova is the fourth tennis player to so far be given the job at this year’s Games.

Former Roland-Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko will be one of the two flag-bearers for Latvia while Veronica Cepede Royg will be one half of the pair carrying the flag for Paraguay and Lu Yen-hsun will do the job for Taiwan.

Kvitova is seeded No 13 for the Olympic event and faces Jasmine Paolini of Italy in the first round.

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