Elise Tamaela Recovers From Mihai Barbat's Physical And Verbal Assault In German Hospital

As assailant Mihai Barbat and daughter Karen flee toward the Danish boarder, beaten Dutch tennis player Elise Tamaela remains in a hospital in Germany, recovering from the concussion and facial swelling she suffered as a result of the attack Monday in Versmold.

Tamaela's mother, Corrie, recounted the racial epithets that Barbat directed at her daughter's skin color before he directed his aim at her head. She told Omroep Gelderland (a Dutch radio network) that he had called her daughter "black chickie" as their conflict escalated.

Though she stated that her daughter is now doing better, Corrie still (obviously) wants Barbat brought to justice.

"It was wrong to walk away," she said. "That man is just a criminal."

Asked for comment on the incident by SB Nation, tournament officials in Versmold directed matters to law enforcement.

"[T]here was an incident involving a player, however the matter is now with the police and therefore, any queries should be directed to the police department," wrote Jan Miska of the Reinert Open Press Office in an email.

Other players have began to show their support for Elise Tamaela on Twitter, including current Dutch No. 3 (ATP No. 115) Thomas Schoorel, who tweeted (translated from Dutch) "You can now no longer encourage in tennis without anything happening! Strength, Elise and recovery!"

Tamaela, a 27-year-old lefty who prefers playing on clay, reached a career-high WTA ranking of No. 129 in February of 2007. She is currently ranked No. 363.

Stay tuned to SB Nation's tennis coverage at SBNation.com/tennis as well as on Twitter, @DailyForehand .

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.