In the last year I’ve been dumped by Nike and had surgery – now I could become the most tattooed Wimbledon champ ever

CZECH ace Marketa Vondrousova is aiming to become the most tattooed Wimbledon champion in history today.

The Prague battler has so many inkings on her body that she has lost count of the total number.

Marketa Vondrousova is covered in inkings and now wants her name etched into history by winning Wimbledon while unseededRex

ReutersCzech ace Vondrousova takes on Ons Jabeur in the final on Saturday[/caption]

Vondrousova wants to make an even more spectacular mark with a surprise victory in the women’s final at SW19Rex

When she lost as a teenager to Ash Barty in the 2019 French Open final – she beat Britain’s Jo Konta in the semi-finals – there were hardly any visible tattoos apart from a small star on her left wrist.

In the last four years, her bodywork has grown significantly and she has made regular visits to the tattoo parlours in her home city.

On her right elbow is the slogan ‘no rain, no flowers’ – which means to enjoy the good periods, you first need the adversity.

Other random drawings include the number 777, two dice, the letter F and two sit-down fairies on her left arm.

Vondrousova, 24, said: “How many do I have? I don’t know.

“For me, it’s also art. I just like it. I appreciate the people that do this.

“I have a bet with my coach. If I win a Grand Slam, he’s going to get one himself – so I hope I will win. We’ll see what happens and what I’ll do.”

Vondrousova – the first unseeded Wimbledon women’s finalist for 60 years – hails from a proud Eastern European sporting family.


Her maternal grandfather was a national pentathlon champion and her mother played volleyball in the country’ top domestic league.

The world No 42 – who prefers clay to grass – was unceremoniously dumped by sponsors Nike at the start of the year and she will appear in the big match of her life without any associated brands.

This time last year she visited the UK as a tourist after undergoing wrist surgery and then the cast came off for her wedding.

Her husband Stepan and sister have made the journey to London after they found someone to watch their cat Frankie.

Should she beat Tunisian Ons Jabeur over three sets, she will follow in the great tradition of other Czech lefties like Martina Navratilova – the nine-time singles champion who later competed for the US – and two-time winner Petra Kvitova.

Vondrousova said: “What Martina did here was crazy. I think everybody knows about that back home.

“It’s just an amazing thing. It’s so, so tough to do it one time. She did it many times. I feel like you can just look up to them.

“In the Czech Republic, we have so many great players. We also support each other. It’s very nice to see.

“It’s really crazy this is happening to me. But I think anything can happen in tennis.”

Vondrousova hopes to emulate famous Czech left-hander Martina NavratilovaRex

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