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‘What the Heck?!?’- Martina Navratilova, Patrick Mouratoglou, Pam Shriver, and Others React to the Violent Incident of a Tennis Player Getting Thrashed by Her Father

Published 11/01/2022, 3:00 PM EDT

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Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Because of the popularity and money involved, there’s tremendous competition in the game. The preparations start early in the career. Kids at a very tender age pick up the racket and start practicing under coaches or parents. While lots of kids love the game, there are some who might hate it because of certain incidents.

Legends like Andre Agassi and Chris Evert have also accepted later that they initially hated tennis. In several cases, tennis coaches and parents play a crucial role in pushing kids to pursue the sport. However, is it always right?


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In a viral video, we can see a father thrashing her daughter during coaching. The father is receiving hate from all over the world for his act. Here’s how the tennis world reacted to the incident.

Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, and other tennis players react to a video of a man assaulting a tennis player

In the viral video, we can see that a man who is allegedly the father is hitting his daughter. The video went viral on the internet in no time. It also caught the attention of a few from the tennis community. Here’s how Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, and others reacted to the incident.

Judy Murray, the mother of Andy Murray, was quick to share the video on her Twitter account. She wrote, Horrific example of parental physical abuse in junior tennis. Over to you to deal with this through whichever governing body he falls under @ITFTennis.”


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.Reacting to the video, Navratilova wrote, “What the heck?!?”


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Further, Australian tennis star Daria Saville explained how the incident will impact the young girl mentally.

“This girl is going to be broken forever. If you think someone is getting physically or mentally abused please support them and encourage them to talk to someone who can help. Offer to help them find a local domestic violence agency or offer to go to the police,” she urged.

Later, Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi also raised his voice against the man. Further, the Indian also asked for providing necessary help to the victim.

American tennis star Paula Badosa also showed her concern for the victim.

Former American tennis star Pam Shriver also expressed her concern about the shocking incident. “OMG we all need to report, and press charges against this kind of horrible abuse,” she wrote.


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Serena Williams’ former coach Patrick Mouratoglou also criticized the incident in strong words. The Frenchman took to his Twitter account and called for strict action against the man.


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Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

Edited By: Paras Pande