Video: Stepanek leads Czechs in a musical hand-holding sway-along

by: Jonathan Scott April 06, 2013

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Who needs Tomas Berdych? The Czech Republic's ringleader in the ATP singles rankings and in Davis Cup play is noticeably absent this weekend in Kazakhstan as Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol, and the rest of the squad play on the road. The defending champion won both singles matches on Day 1, but dropped Saturday's doubles rubber. Berdych claimed an injury after his Indian Wells and Miami campaigns and is sitting this one out.

Enter Stepanek.

The Czech, nicknamed "The Worm" for the odd dance of sorts he formerly performed after matches, made something of the cheesy-to-some vocal performance presented at the Kazakhstan–Czech Republic tie. And by "made something of," I do mean he clasped the hands of his teammates and led them in a sway-along as a male singer provided a stirring rendition in the home team's tongue of the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody." You can see the clip here:

Postscript: If you miss Berdych this weekend, enjoy these not-yet-vintage clips from his Miami 2013 semifinal against Richard Gasquet.

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