Damir Dokic Striving for Worst Tennis Dad Ever Award? - Tarnished Twenty
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Damir Dokic Striving for Worst Tennis Dad Ever Award?

Tennis parents for some reason appear to have a strange propensity to misbehave, carry on, or make outrageous statements that may be unmatched by parents in other sports. This isn't really borne out by any statistical proof, and perhaps is due more in part to the fewer amount of players or maybe the increased amount of media coverage tennis parents receive. Whatever the reason might be, tennis pro Jelena Dokic's dad, Damir Dokic, may be staking his claim to the top of tennis-parent-infamy, if he wasn't there already.

The AP reports that Jelena Dokic's father got charged with, of all things, threatening tAustralian ambassador Clair Birgin in Belgrade, Serbia. Supposedly, this wasn't an I'm-gonna-beat-her-up kind of threat either, it was of the I'm-gonna-blow-her-up variety, actually. The AP story indicated that Damir Dokic said he'd blow up Birgin's car if "she did not stop negative articles about him from being published in Australian media." Sounds like drunk-talk, right?

Well, the rifles and grenades police found at Damir's house might suggest otherwise. Plus, this wasn't isolated chatter either as Damir "has told Serbian media he would fire a rocket launcher at Birgin's car."

Damir Dokic might not find much back up from his daughter Jelena either, considering he's admitted to having beaten her in the past. The charges apparently subject him to a maximum of eight years in prison...perhaps he's aiming for the top of spot in all sports' parents infamy?