Controversial Tennis Parents

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Who causes the most drama?

  1. Richard Williams

    7.2%
  2. Damir Dokic

    61.4%
  3. John Tomic

    6.0%
  4. Srjdan & Dijana Djokovic

    13.3%
  5. Stefano Capriati

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    0.0%
  6. Jim Pierce

    4.8%
  7. Lyn & Robert Federer lol

    3.6%
  8. Other - please state

    3.6%
  1. jones101

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    I ask because of the incident surrounding Bernard Tomic, and his father threatening to change their nationalities because of late scheduling at the AO.

    Then I got to thinking of Damir Dokic, Richard Williams etc and wondered who causes their tennis pro offspring the most trouble.

    Links would be great too.
     
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  2. joeri888

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    Yuri Sharapova doesn't seem nice.

    I think Agassi wrote in his book that his parents weren't great tennis-parents either.
     
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  3. Mustard

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    Jim Pierce is another one. He was banned from all tour matches for 5 years from 1993-1998. His daughter Mary even took out a restraining order against him in 1993.
     
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  4. jones101

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    I totally forgot about him, I should have made a poll option. I wonder why thought he hasn't been at any of 'Pova's matches since she's been back? Mr Sharapov is MIA.
     
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  5. Mustard

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    Yuri Sharapov. No "a" at the end as Sharapova is the feminine version.
     
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  6. P_Agony

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    Good thread, aren't the Djokovic parents are super irritating?
     
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  7. Emelia21

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    Sure there was a Father who drugged his kids opponents, a while back :-?
     
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  8. Big_Dangerous

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    Wow.

    I voted for Dokic, I saw that thing on Tennis Channel about him. He was voted like the most menacing or worst person in Tennis. He basically ruined his daughters career, threatened to blow up Australia... Also complained about the price of Fish at the US Open causing a scene and getting ejected... Yeah he seems like the most controversial to me.
     
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  9. *Val*

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    It's gotta be Damir Dokic... that guy's a nutcase.
     
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  10. Mustard

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    Damir Dokic is the worst, I agree. You can see Jelena is still scarred by the whole thing, even though she hasn't seen her dad in years.
     
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  11. valiant

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    What is MIA ?
     
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  13. Andyroddickfan

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    djokivicks parents **** me off, they just seem like bitc.hy people, cant stand his sisters either. Put what really bugs me is that by reading their names i cant tell whos the mom or dad?
     
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  14. valiant

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    thankz .....:)
     
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  15. petetheileet

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    i voted dokic

    only cause i used to train on the court nxt to jelena

    driving home we would see damir pulled over to the side driving along side jelena with her running carrying everything and him yelling at her through the open window of the car
     
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  16. boredone3456

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    He in my opinion is tied for the worst right up there with Dokic. He was always berating her and abusing her during matches, screamed at her to "kill the....insert expletive...". I mean its bad when she had to take out a restraining order against him.

    Also, and if I am thinking someone else correct me, didn't Pierce withdraw from Wimbledon in 1994 because she feared her father might get snuck in by a member of the press, and he sued her for a portion of her winnings that he claimed were entitled to him?
     
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  17. ubermeyer

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    I actually laughed that Cantankersore voted Federer's parents. I've never even heard of them!!!
     
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  18. kishnabe

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    Damir Dokic!
     
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    The Federers have a vote but not Stromboli Capriati?!
     
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  20. valiant

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    How come Fed's parents are even in this poll. :shock:
     
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  21. Knightmace

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    Dokic's father is an *******
     
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  22. JeMar

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    Pretty sure no one compares to Dokic, at least from the parents listed.
     
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  23. boredone3456

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    I think they are a joke option, Although I would have included Yuri Sharapov as well
     
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    Why are there so many problem tennis parents? Is it unique to tennis, if does tennis attract nutjobs or produce them?
     
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    There was a girl from Croatia called Mirjana Lucic. Reached semis at Wimbledon' 1999.

    She and others in family ran away to USA to escape the father.

    Three bad parents whose roots are from Yougoslavia (Lucic, Dokic and Tomic) plus Djoko's parents. Hmmm.
     
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    He shoots up the rakings to land at #2--right below Dokic's violent, wannabe terrorist father.
     
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  27. LameTennisPlayer

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    because Fed's parents are true evil at its worst!
     
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  28. origmarm

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    Dokic and Pierce are just streets ahead of the competition. They are the Federer and Nadal of the abusive tennis parent tour.
     
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  29. malakas

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    It's very unfair that Djoker's parents are at no.2 in this poll,they're very bad but not to the point of being compared with Dokic or Pierce.
     
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  30. Sentinel

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    Roger and Mirka are pretty controversial parents -- causing their offspring trouble dragging them around whereever they go.
     
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  31. sureshs

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    The girls have 1 nanny each!
     
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    Jim Courier stated that Robert federer was one of the nicest man he ever met and federer's niceness was nothing compared to him.. :)
     
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  33. angharad

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    I'm surprised that Hewitt's parents haven't been mentioned yet. While not on the Pierce/Dokic caliber, they were pretty bad on certain things.
     
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    Madness. Glynn and Cherilyn Hewitt are great supporters of their son. It was very unfair when they would get criticised just because they came along to tournaments when Lleyton asked them to.
     
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  36. lambros

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    Nut case Damir Dokic
     
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    i'm not 100% on this, but it may have something to do with how much time and money (mostly money) gets invested in these kids by the time they get to the upper level in jrs. and turn pro. all of that investment means that results are expected. nothing says pressure like having to get some prize money or titles because mom and dad have mortgaged the house to bankroll your training.

    some parents try to live through their kids too. go to a little league game sometime, you'll see!
     
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  39. flyinghippos101

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    Noone comes close to Damir Dokic. The guy's a nutjob.

    He even has his own wiki article
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damir_Dokić

    Insane tennis parent to internationally recognized terrorist, this guy is really aiming high
     
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  40. Gen

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    Voted for "other", because my choice is Yury Sharapov. Unfortunately (or fortunately) his English isn't good enought to demonstrate him in all his splendour.
     
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