Sara Bejlek and her coach (inset) after her final match in the US Open qualifying event.

“It’s beyond inappropriate, it just got worse as the video progressed”

16-year-old Czech player Sara Bejlek made great strides in her career by reaching 2022 US Open peloton. However, an inappropriate moment during her victory celebration with her coaching staff after the final qualifier left viewers in shock.

The young player from the Czech Republic defeated Heather Watson in a tough three-set to make her first Grand Slam main draw and went to her coaching staff to celebrate the momentous occasion. A video circulating on social media shows members of Sara Bejlek’s team, including her father and coach, engaged in a highly inappropriate gesture.

The so-called “celebration” drew the ire of tennis fans who saw the video and highlighted the problem with these actions. While some pointed out that the type of celebration is “appropriate” and “normal” in some cultures, others stressed that nothing justified such “creepy hugs”.

“There is absolutely no reason to touch a 16-year-old girl on her butt like that. It’s beyond inappropriate. It got worse and worse as the video progressed. And it’s not because I see her as a “sex object” or as some project in comments and quotes allude to,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

There’s absolutely no reason to touch a 16-year-old girl’s butt like that. It’s beyond inappropriate. It got worse and worse as the video progressed. And it’s not because I see or project her as a “sex object,” as some in comments and quotes allude to. twitter.com/TheBoiledEgg/s…

Meanwhile, another fan urged the WTA and relevant authorities to investigate the matter more seriously.

“The wta needs to deal with this, especially as these young girls travel with men from a very young age. You can also say it’s the dad or wtv but does your dad touch your butt like that,” read another tweet.

the wta has to deal with this, especially since these young girls travel with men from a very young age. You can also say it’s the father or wtv, but does your father touch your butt like that 😭😭😭 twitter.com/theboiledegg/s…

Here are some more reactions to Sara Bejlek’s celebration video after her US Open qualifier win:

What the hell?? I need more people to see this and talk about him because they literally caught her in 4K how is this not talked about??? twitter.com/theboiledegg/s…

Yes, I’m sorry, I don’t care if it’s her father, her father/coach, a relative, etc. You shouldn’t do this by patting her bottom multiple times. I don’t want to hear if they do it “there”. You probably travel enough to know that this is not considered appropriate. She is 16!!! Not 6! twitter.com/theboiledegg/s…

What the.. 😑 This is inappropriate, even if it’s her dad/coach or anyone else. It’s really gross that some people defend themselves like it’s their culture.. Huh😑 twitter.com/TheBoiledEgg/s…

“Creepy” is one way of describing it, but “criminal” is more accurate. (And those who think it’s not so bad because it’s their father? That’s just as disturbing.) Must be reported. twitter.com/theboiledegg/s…

Sara Bejlek’s progress at US Open 2022

Bejlek at the 2022 French Open - Day 13
Bejlek at the 2022 French Open – Day 13

Sara Bejlek stunned Kristina Mladenovic, who was the 14th seed in the women’s singles qualifying draw in her opening match of the 2022 US Open qualifiers with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 win. Bejlek then advanced to the final qualifier with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Priscilla Hon. In the final game, Bejlek lost the opening set to former Britain No. 1 Heather Watson but stormed back to win 3-6 6-4 7-5.

Good point, great ending from 🇨🇿 Sara Bejlek! https://t.co/eefJmOtnPQ

She meets Liudmila Samsonova in the first round of the peloton on Monday. The youngster could face the 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez if she makes it to the second round, and 2021 French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova makes it to the third round.

Sara Bejlek is the youngest player in the main draw at the 2022 US Open. She is currently ranked 209th in the WTA rankings and has won four singles titles on the ITF circuit to date.


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Edited by Nihal Taraporvala

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