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US Open: Uproar with the celebration of the father of a 16-year-old tennis player (video)

US Open: Uproar with the celebration of the father of a 16-year-old tennis player (video)
US Open: Uproar with the celebration of the father of a 16-year-old tennis player (video)

Czech tennis player Sara Bejlek made her Grand Slam debut at the US Open, however, her appearance was overshadowed as an event by her father’s celebration.

The teenager made international headlines as both her father and her coach were caught on camera touching her and hitting her repeatedly on the rear.

“There is absolutely no reason to touch a 16-year-old girl on her bottom like that. It’s beyond inappropriate,” one user wrote on Twitter. “As the video went on, it got worse and worse.”

Another reportedly wrote that the men were acting “creepy” towards the teenage athlete.

“The WTA needs to look into these, especially since these young girls are traveling with men from a very young age. Also, does your dad touch your butt like that?’ wrote another person on twitter.

The Daily Mail noted the mixed reactions, with one user noting that “it’s quite common in the Czech Republic”. Another reported that cuddling is “absolutely normal in some cultures and households. Everyone sees what they want to see.”

The answer of the athlete

“Of course I saw the video. It was a spontaneous reaction from the whole team. We are happy,” Bejlek told reporters.

“It may certainly seem uncomfortable to some, but we have already discussed it with the team. It will not happen again. Dad is my dad and always will be. And I’ve known the coach since I was eight years old. She tapes me, massages me. If something similar happened in the Czech Republic, no one would bother about it. But because we are in America, everyone comments on it. But as I say, we talked and it won’t happen again,” said Sara Bejlek.

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