16-Year-Old U.S. Open Player Says Dad Will No Longer Pat Her Butt After Outcry

Czech tennis participant Sara Bejlek stated Tuesday that her father and coach will not have a good time in the identical method after a video of each males repeatedly touching her behind on the U.S. Open received online backlash.

Bejlek misplaced within the first spherical this week but it surely was her victory within the last qualifying match final week that earned undesirable consideration. A video showed her dad, Jaroslav Bejlek, and coach, Jakub Kahoun, hugging her and patting her bottom as they every apparently congratulated her win.

“It was a spontaneous reaction of the whole team. We rejoiced,” Bejlek defined to reporters, per the New York Put up. “It may certainly seem inconvenient and uncomfortable to some, but we have already discussed it with the team. It won’t happen again.”

Sara Bejlek of the Czech Republic en path to defeating Heather Watson within the last qualifying match of the U.S. Open.

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A jubilant Bejlek defeated Britain’s Heather Watson on Friday to advance to her first U.S. Open important draw however fell within the first spherical on Monday to Liudmila Samsonova, 6-1, 6-3.

“Dad is my dad and always will be. And I’ve known the coach since I was 8 years old. He tapes me, he massages me,” Bejlek stated when requested concerning the video.

“If something similar happened in the Czech Republic, no one would deal with it. But since we are in America, everyone comments on it.”

The U.S. Open was Bejlek’s first time enjoying in the primary draw of any Grand Slam match.