Ivan Lendl is a former world number one professional tennis player. In the 1980s he was one of the most dominant tennis players and stayed at the tope of the world rankings until the early 90s. Tennis Magazine declared him one of the ten most successful tennis players since 1966 and emphasized his importance, especially in his professional approach that influenced tennis history and the myriad of those who followed. In the book Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis, Bud Collins included Lendl in the list of the 21 greatest tennis players of 1946 – 1992.
Ivan Lendl began his successful professional career in socialist Czechoslovakia. In 1980 he contributed to the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic’s victory in the Davis Cup. In 1986 he permanently relocate to the USA and six years later he became an American citizen. During his career he won eight grand slam titles in doubles. He fought his way to a total of 19 grand slam finals, which was a record for years. He achieved at least one grand slam final in 11 years in a row, which is also the greatest record of all times, later only matched by Pete Sampras. After meeting the author Jiří Mucha in 1982, Ivan Lendl was literally inspired by the works of his father Alphonse. He was mainly intrigued by the posters, which he decided to collect. He invited expert Jack Rennert to assist him and a unique collection was born, which now boasts 151 items. If we occasional loan of works to exhibitions and the like, the complete collection has never left the residence of Ivan Lendl.