The 16-year-old Czech tennis star says bizarre celebrations where her father and coach grabbed her BACK at the US Open “won’t happen again” after outrage – as she admits her longtime coach gives her massages and scenes are taken for granted in their country
- A video of the incident sparked conversation and concern across the internet
- But Sara Bejlek says this would not be an incident in the Czech Republic
- After discussions, she said that this type of celebration would not be repeated
- Bejlek qualified for her first tennis major, falling in straight sets in the first round
The tennis world had a visceral reaction after videos circulated on social media following a US Open qualifying win.
Sixteen-year-old Czech tennis player Sara Bejlek qualified for her first Grand Slam tournament by defeating a number of opponents, including Britain’s Heather Watson.
After that Watson win, cameras filmed two men – identified as Bejlek’s father and trainer celebrating with her.
As the cameras lingered, both men were seen patting her bottom while her father appeared to kiss her on the mouth.
After the win, Sara Bejlek celebrated with her father Jaroslav, who appeared to be patting her bottom
Viewers were then outraged when the father then appeared to kiss his daughter on the lips
After celebrating with her dad, the young tennis star then moved down the line to join her coach
Coach Jakub Kahoun also grabbed her bum as the pair hugged after the win
While social media urged the WTA to investigate the incident, Bejlek shared her thoughts on the incident.
“Of course I saw the video. It was a spontaneous reaction from the whole team. We were happy,” Bejlek told reporters.
“It may certainly seem uncomfortable and inconvenient to some, but we have already discussed it with the team. It will not happen again.’
The 16-year-old is pictured on Instagram alongside her father (right) and her trainer (below).
While this incident happened during her first qualifier, it gained prominence just before she faced world No. 35 Liudmila Samsonova of Russia. She lost that match in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
Ahead of that match, she responded to concerns and criticism of the two men pictured.
“Dad is my dad and always will be. And I’ve known the coach since I was eight years old. He picks me up, he massages me,” she added.
“If something similar happened in the Czech Republic, nobody would care. But since we’re in America, everyone comments. But like I said, we talked and it won’t happen again.’
Bejlek made her US Open debut on Monday against Ludmilla Samsanova of Russia
After her qualification victory, 16-year-old Bejlek posted a picture on Instagram next to her father
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