Novak Djokovic urged to act after 'disgusting' video shocks tennis

Novak Djokovic (pictured left) during the Paris Masters and (pictured right) a coach allegedly grabbing his daughter.
Tennis great Pam Shriver called for Novak Djokovic (pictured left) to act after video circulated of a father and coach allegedly assaulting his daughter during a training session (pictured right). (Images: Getty Images/Twitter)


The tennis world has called on Novak Djokovic to act after a video emerged of a coach allegedly hitting and kicking his daughter in terrifying scenes during practice.

This week, a video circulated online after anti-violence advocate Igor Juric posted a clip of a young tennis player returning to the side of the court with her father waiting during a training session in Belgrade, Serbia.

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The father then starts to allegedly assault his daughter, before she is thrown to the ground.

Tennis great Pam Shriver quickly condemned the actions and called for Serbian tennis icon Djokovic to intervene if he is able to help.

"OMG we all need to report and press charges against this kind of horrible abuse," she wrote in reaction to the video.

"Let's ask for Nova Djokovic to help behind the scenes. We all need to work together to stop abuse.

"Igor thanks for doing your part."

Djokovic has not responded to the event and is currently in Bercy for the Paris Masters.

Juric said he was aware of the man's identity in the video and would be filing a complaint to the police.

And the uproar in the tennis community has been swift.

Tennis community condemns ugly video

Aussie tennis star Daria Saville blasted the incident and called for anyone suffering from such violence to report it.

"This girl is going to be broken forever," she wrote.

"If you think someone is getting physically or mentally abused please support them and encourage them to talk to someone who can help."

Australian coach Roger Rasheed blasted the scenes and alluded to the sad reality that this isn't an isolated incident.

"I feel sick looking at this," he wrote.

"The sad thing is there would be many situations behind closed doors - it's criminal behaviour."

Spanish World No.12 Paula Badosa also weighed-in on the drama.

"Does someone know who is the player," she asked.

Serena Williams' former coach Coach Patrick Mourtatoglou also blasted the behaviour.

"This is absolutely unacceptable. Horrible," he added.

"No other words."

The Minister of Internal Affairs in Belgrade confirmed they arrested and have charged a man believed to be in the video.

The man, of Chinese origin, was taken before court and is expected to face charges.

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