Jelena Dokic's decision to return to Australia has not gone down well with her father, Damir. Yesterday it was reported that he had threatened to wreak revenge by dropping a nuclear bomb on Sydney.
Damir, famous for his outbursts and unpredictable behaviour, also reportedly threatened - in an interview with a Serb newspaper, Kurir - to kidnap his daughter and kill an Australian.
Dokic, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, was born in Serbia and moved to Australia in 1994. In 2001, after losing in the first round of the Australian Open to Lindsay Davenport, she switched allegiance to Serbia- Montenegro, after Damir accused tournament organisers of rigging the draw.
Always dominated by her father, the 22-year-old finally broke away from him and the two are now estranged. After deciding to play for Australia again, she was given a wild card into Melbourne Park and was well received by the crowd - although she was knocked out in the first round by the Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano.
Damir was thrown out of Wimbledon in 2000 for stamping on a journalist's mobile phone, and was banned from the tour for six months following a tantrum about the price of salmon at the US Open. In 1999 he lay down in the middle of the road, apparently drunk, after being ejected from a tournament in Birmingham.
Yesterday Damir, contacted by an Australian radio station, denied making the comments.
In a statement, Dokic called the incident an "unfortunate distraction around my return to Australia and competitive tennis". She said: "I have spent my life recovering from events such as this. I have not spoken to my father for a number of years. This is not the first time he has made threats publicly to my well-being, so I am not going to allow this latest episode to disrupt my future happiness."Reuse content