Tennis scene in Kracow, Poland?

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  1. darkhorse

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    I'm going on a Study Abroad trip to Krakow this summer and I've been kind of curious if tennis is big over there and how numerous public courts are. I think I remember hearing something about it gaining a bit of popularity in the country when a Polish girl made it to a pretty high ranking (I think it was Wozniak?) but I would have no idea how to find out what the scene is like.
     
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  2. kutafon

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    agnieszka radwanska and her sister urszula
    will try to ask someone about Krakow for you
     
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    I go to Poland often since my wife is from there. There are tennis courts that I know of near the Wisla Krakow stadium on (Street) Ulica Władysława Reymonta. I haven't hit there but I've seen the courts. I luckily have clay courts near my wife's house about 80 km away. That girl you're talking about is Caroline Wozniacki who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark but has Polish parents who emigrated there before she was born. She speaks fluent Polish along with English, nice girl, met her on the practice courts at the USO here. She's so young too. I'm not sure she's even 18 yet. The main Polish girl is Agnieszka Radwanska and she's from Krakow, I have a friend (Piotr) who knows her father because they used to hit in the indoor courts in Krakow. He said that she was about 8 or 10 yrs old when he saw her hit, but her family were very nice people. Of course, they're from Krakow. :-D The best people come from there.
     
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  5. Rickson

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    I'll be in Warsaw.
     
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  6. Automatix

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    Public courts? As in free courts built by the city etc.? Don't get your hopes up... Polish people are more interested in soccer than tennis. It came down even to a scandal that the courts on which our currently 2 best WTA girls play would be demolished to build a hotel...

    Tennis court wise Warsaw is better than Cracow... definetly more court choices but it's also a bit more expensive as most capitals are...

    P.S: What's up with Poland anyway? I mean I currently am trying to help a fellow from Sweden who's going to Poland... know this thread... funny...
     
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    So it's sounding like it wouldn't really be worth it to bring my stuff (I'll be there for a month so I have to limit what I bring). How about tennis shops? Would equipment be any cheaper there than in the US or other European countries, mainly racquets? I've been eying a K Blade 98 but I don't have $200 to spend on one, let alone two.
     
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  8. Automatix

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    Poland isn't cheap but considering the weak PLN some racquets are cheap for example Kneissl Toms Machine (green one) can be bought for 109 USDs...

    Generally USA is waaay cheaper than Europe... in a legit store a [K]Blade is sold for about 600-610PLN (more or less 1USD = 3,3PLN )... so it would cost about 185USD... but you can get a Babolat Pure Storm Ltd. for about 167USDs...

    So I guess the minimal difference in the price isn't worth the bother PLUS if it's over bagage on the plane I bet you'll pay more for taking it home...

    It can be cheaper if you buy stuff from a polish version of the bay ( ;) )... if you do, a [K]Blade 98 can cost about 140USDs.
     
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  9. chrischris

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    Any suggestions of indoor courts in Warsaw??
     
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  10. michael valek

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    i know one in Gdynia if that helps
     
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