The Predicate

Wacko Dads

Sports has seen more than its fair share of wacko fathers. More nut cases turn up as Dads of famous atheletes. Steffi Graf's father Peter Graf was involved in a scandal with a Playboy model and tax evasion. Be it Gata Kamsky's control-freak father Rustam who announced that Gata Kamsky would leave competitive chess for good to study medicine (because he could make more money as a doctor than as a chess player) or Richard Williams, the father of the Williams sisters, or Jim Pierce, father of Mary Pierce (who used to shout from the stands, "Mary, kill the bitch"), or Mirjana Lukic's dad Marinko who beat up the women in his family, colorful personalities have invaded the sports world with talented kids in tow. For sheer lunacy however, no one comes close to Damir Dokic, the father of tennis star Jelena Dokic.

This Guardian article in 2003 summed up his antics then:

He was a big man in every sense - a burly, bearded, fiery figure who soon established a reputation for falling out with just about everybody his daughter came into contact with, and became a serial nuisance at tournaments, almost from the moment Jelena joined the women's tour four years ago. He was ejected from the DFS Classic in Birmingham in 1999 after calling members of the Edgbaston Priory club 'Nazis who supported the bombing of Yugoslavia'. Later that day, police arrested him 'for his own safety' after he lay down in the middle of a busy road. The next year he narrowly missed a grand slam of disorderliness with his uncharacteristically temperate behaviour at the French Open. At the Australian Open he was involved in a scuffle with a camera crew, at Wimbledon he smashed a journalist's mobile phone (before producing a gold credit card and offering to pay for it) and he was thrown out of the US Open after flying into a rage when charged £7 for a piece of salmon in the players' restaurant. The WTA responded by barring him from tournaments for six months.

He took her back from Australia to Serbia in 2001, I think. After a while, she finally broke up with her father and moved back to Australia and played the ongoing Australian open as an Australian.

The bigger news, though was Damir's rant yesterday. Read and laugh out loud; the guy is threatening to kidnap his daughter :)

In the newspaper story, Damir Dokic claims that Jelena has been brainwashed by sources including the Vatican, and blames Australia for her first round loss in the Australian Open.

"I have thought about dropping a nuclear bomb on Sydney since Jelena lost in the first round this week, for which Australia is to blame," he told Serbian daily Kurir.

"I have even thought about killing an Australian in revenge, but I wouldn't gain anything from it."

"Australia, with the help of Croatia and the Vatican, have brainwashed my daughter."

Dokic has approached Serbia politicians for help and guidance in planning and carrying out the kidnapping of his daughter, saying that two politicians are prepared to help him out.

"Only two were ready to help," he said.

"One of them however, Vojislav Seselj, is waiting to be tried at the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague."

Damir believes that he is not crazy and insists that it is Australia as a nation who has lost its way and gone off the rails.

"I'm not crazy when I say this, they are the crazy ones who give you hot sausages before the match when it's 40 degrees celsius outside.

"They can expect my revenge."

Read more of his quotable quotes :)

- Balaji.

balaji - clock 00:24:00 - Thursday, 19.01.06 - General - 6299x - pencil permalink
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