Czech doubles star Renata Voracova revealed she is planning to seek compensation from Tennis Australia following her deportation from Australia.
Voracova played a doubles match at the Melbourne Summer Set 2 last week before she was placed in detention on Friday.
The day after Voracova was deported from the country.
“The air ticket alone cost 60,000 Czech crowns (2,460 euros, $2,780) and my coach travelled with me. And then there is all that time, hotels, training for the Grand Slam, the potential prize money,” Voracova told Denik daily, as quoted on RTL Today.
“I hope Tennis Australia will face up to it and that we won’t have to take legal steps.
“I’m not thinking about tennis. I’m still waking up from the shock, I haven’t processed it yet. I’m exhausted.”
Voracova couldn’t believe what was happening
Being interrogated and taken into detention wasn’t easy for Voracova.
“I didn’t expect that in the darkest dream, it was just too much,” said Voracova, who admitted bursting into tears during questioning after she had been detained.
“I was worried. I didn’t feel safe until I was back home, nothing was certain.
“It was as if I were watching a film — a long interrogation with instructions such as ‘undress, get dressed’. Yuck, I don’t even want to think about it, let alone live it again.”
Voracova was placed in the same detention center as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Voracova said she was hoping Djokovic would win his case in court.
“I would like them to let him play. We are athletes, we have come here to play tennis and not to deal with disputes behind the scenes,” Voracova said.
Speaking of Djokovic’s supporters in front of the hotel, Voracova said: “They sing, they chant. They have even chanted my name. There are crowds of fans. I guess they work shifts.”