Niemisen treenikausi mennyt ileisesti paremmin kuin koskaan. Vetänyt harjoituksia Tsekeissä Berdychin, Kohlschreiberin ja Seppin kanssa ja voittivat tällä tiimille joulukuussa Tšekin mestaruudenkin, jossa mukana myös Kvitova ja muutama muu nainen.
Beniton kondiksesta ei puolestaan ole itselläni mitään tietoa, vaikka täytyy myöntää, että ranskalaisen kahden kertoimet kyllä kiinnostavat, mutta vaikuttaa enemmän alkukauden ansalta, kuin todelliselta valuelta.
"I think I said a year ago that I had one of the best off seasons/practice periods ever in December. Well, this one was even better, close to as good as it can be (Jan also agrees with me, he has seen me now for a couple of years and a couple of off seasons so he is also able to compare with the past off seasons, and this was the most convincing). I stayed healthy again, I could do all my practices as planned, I trained hard and the quality in every practice stayed really high. I also surprised myself with how well I was playing every day and how good my shape was over all.
I stayed two weeks in Halle, then I continued practicing a couple of days in Prostejov, Czech Republic, like a year ago as well. They play a local league (men and women in the same team) and there are always very good players gathering to practice and play some matches because it's the perfect time to do that. Everyone has practiced a lot already, it's good to get to practice with other top guys and play some official matches before going home for Christmas and then leaving for the tournaments.
They have a tennis center/academy in Prostejov and there have been many good players coming from there during the past years. I practiced with Berdych, Kohlschreiber, Seppi, Mayer, Hajek and some top juniors during those days and played two matches as well (I beat Lustig and Copil, playing well in both matches). I'm always willing to play if the team wants and thinks I'm needed. I guess the team would have survived without me as well because there were players like Radwanska, Kvitova, Safarova, Cetkovska, Berdych, Kohlschreiber, Seppi, Mayer, Hajek etc. We, The team Prostejov became the Czech champions again.http://jarkkonieminen.fi/blog.php