Cernik participated at the tennis tournament in Gstaad in the summer of 1949, he and Jaroslav Drobny were attacked by communist power when they were asked to withdraw from the Gstaad tournament and return home. Because they were afraid they could no longer travel and wanted to continue playing tennis, both decided to emigrate on July 15, 1949. It was not easy for both tennis players to gain citizenship after emigration, which would allow them both to play international tennis.
Cernik and Drobny with Swiss passport together arrived in Australia, but since the government did not give them Australian affiliation to play, Drobny flew to Egypt at the invitation of King Farouk I. and Cernik remained in Australia for some time. He then moved to the US, where he led University Carolina tennis team in 1957–58. He got married for the second time. He died in Palm Beach, Florida.
He played in the Davis Cup from 1947 to 1949 and still holds the record for the best pair of Czech doubles with a record of 11 wins for two losses, his partner was Jaroslav Drobný. In 1947 and 1948, he reached the inter-zone final.
His career best at majors were at Wimbledon in 1949 and in 1951 at Roland Garros when he reached the last 16.
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