Prague - This year's Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova should ignore envious people, President Milos Zeman said when receiving her at Prague Castle, seat of Czech heads of state, today.
Prezident Miloš Zeman přijal 23. července v Praze wimbledonskou vítězku Petru Kvitovou. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal
Zeman obtained from Kvitova an honorary ticket for the November Fed Cup match in Prague.
"I know that as one of the successful people you are envied. One of the reasons for our meeting is that I would like to voice my support for you against the envious people," Zeman said.
"I beg you to ignore them because they cannot do anything but envy," he added.
This was a veiled reference to the recent proposal that Kvitova should lose her Czech citizenship because she stayed in Monaco over lower taxes. The view appeared on Facebook. Social Democrat (CSSD) deputy Stanislav Huml said he shared it.
Zeman also received Czech tennis players Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova, who advanced to the quarterfinal in Wimbledon this year, and Klara Koukalova.
Zeman said Kvitova would be welcomed by him both after victories and defeats.
"I do not wish them to you, but defeats are also a part of life," Zeman said.
"This is why I have invited all the Olympic participants irrespective of whether they won or lost," he added.
Kvitova also won the Wimbledon tournament three years ago.