Sara Bejlek, a 16-year-old tennis player from the Czech Republic, made headlines in the preliminary round of the US Open due to the celebration she had with her father and her coach, after winning her match against the British Heather Watson with an aggregate of 3-6, 6-4 and 7-5.
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And once the qualifying match ended with her victory, the young Czech athlete went to celebrate with her father, Jeroslav Bejlek, and her coach, Jakub Kahoun. However, the way he celebrated with them generated all kinds of comments on social networks.
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The joy was short-lived
< p class="content" id="p698906-m635-6-636">In a video of that moment, Bejlek can be seen leaving the field after greeting his opponent and the referee, and approaches the stands. There she, surrounded by applause, goes first to her father, who is effusive for the match won. The man hugged her and, without letting go, began to pat her buttocks repeatedly. Afterwards, he took her from behind and kissed her on the mouth.
Tennis star, Sara Bejlek's father has sparked outrage for the way he celebrated her huge qualifying win at the US Open.
The 16-year-old Czech is set to make her grand slam debut at the tournament after winning the qualifying rounds in New York over Britain's Heather Watson pic.twitter.com/NCvWAq4vFo
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The tennis player then continues her course and goes to greet her coach, who repeats the same action as the father. He approached the young woman, hugged her and took her behind, in a gesture that he repeated several times.
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Given the outrage that the way in which these two people dealt with the athlete, she herself referred to the issue. First of all, he said that “of course” he saw the video that circulated, especially on Twitter, and wanted to explain what happened. “It was a spontaneous reaction from the whole team, we were happy,” she began. “Certainly it may seem inconvenient and uncomfortable for some, but we already discussed it with the team, it will not happen again,” he continued according to 'The New York Post'.
Likewise, Bejlek specifically referred to both men.
“My dad is my dad and always will be. And I've known the coach since I was eight years old. He records me, he massages me”, said the player, who also pointed out: “If something similar happened in the Czech Republic, nobody would worry. But since we are in the United States, everyone is talking about it.”
To close, the athlete, who usually shares with her 7,000 followers on Instagram images with both men during practices and games, insisted: “As I said, we talked about it and it will not happen again.”
Some Internet users have requested an official statement from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on social networks; however, the agency has not made any statements so far.
Who is Sara Bejlek?
Bejlek debuted at the US Open on August 29, but lost in the first round , 6-1 and 6-3, against the Russian Ludmilla Samsonova. According to his profile in the International Tennis Federation (ITF), he is 209th in the world ranking and came to 181st.
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Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova, also Czech, who used to be number two in the singles world ranking and number one in doubles, considered that Bejlek has a “great future” in tennis, after the two shared three days of practice last month, according to the ITF.
The 16-year-old tennis player's career rise was described as “majestic and meteoric” on the Federation's official website and they considered that this season was “increasingly productive”.
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