Numerous tennis stars have come together to shed light on a Chinese father attacking his 14-year-old daughter on the court, leading to his arrest. The individual has reportedly attempted to justify his actions for the violent assault.
A video was shared on Twitter of a young girl struck round the back of the head and kicked by her father. The daughter then attempted to sit down on a bench beside the clay court before being dragged to the ground by her hair/hood whilst shouting.
Igor Jurić, a Croatian actor, published the post initially, with the caption: “Another brutal violence by a father against his daughter. I received information that it was a family coming from China. We will file criminal charges against this monster as well.”
Soon, the tennis community became aware of the sickening clip and shared it to raise further awareness. The clip was filmed in Belgrade, Serbia, leading to some individuals calling for Novak Djokovic to intervene and do what he can.
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Pam Shriver, former doubles world No 1, tweeted: “OMG we all need to report, and press charges against this kind of horrible abuse. Let’s ask for Novak Djokovic to help behind the scenes. We all need to work together to stop abuse. Igor thanks for doing your part.”
Australian star Daria Saville added: “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.”
Reports in Serbia have suggested that the father, from China, has been arrested and charged for his vicious conduct. He could be hit with a prison sentence of between two and 10 years if he is convicted of his domestic violence charges.
The man – referred to as W.L throughout the reports – did not deny that he was behind the attack, though attempted to justify his actions by referring to how different the culture is in China.
Mondo account of the case stated: “He justified his actions by saying that his daughter refused to continue training on the critical day and that is why he wanted to return her to the field. All this while pointing out that it was not his intention to hurt her and that it is a tradition in China to respect hierarchy and that he believes that he did the right thing because it is allowed in China.”