MELBOURNE Jan 25 Jelena Dokic has ruled out any
chance of a reconciliation with her estranged father Damir after
reports that he wanted to mend their broken relationship.
Jelena warned her father not to bother contacting her after
he told an Australian television network he was considering
coming to Melbourne after watching her inspiring run at the
"I believe that if it's possible to do it at such short
notice that I would come, because I loved Australia," Damir
Dokic said through a translator.
Jelena told reporters after her 7-5 5-7 8-6 win over Russian
Alisa Kleybanova on Sunday that her father was not welcome.
"I haven't had any contact. It's the first I heard about
it," she said. "It's his decision (but) I've said always my
whole story with him is finished."
Jelena's troubles with her father began when she was
starting out on her professional career.
A prodigious talent, she made the semi-finals at Wimbledon
and the 2000 Sydney Olympics when she was 17 but her career was
already being overshadowed by her father's behaviour and run-ins
In 1999, Damir was cautioned for drunk and disorderly
behaviour at the Edgbaston tournament in England after being
ejected from the stands for shouting during his daughter's match
and then lying down in front of traffic in a road outside.
The following year, he scuffled with a television cameraman
at the Australian Open then a few months later he was evicted
from Wimbledon, draped in an English flag, for causing
disturbances and breaking a journalist's mobile phone.
He was kicked out of the U.S. Open that same year after
abusing staff over the price of a plate of salmon and was
subsequently banned from attending tournaments for six months by
the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).
A former Belgrade truck driver who moved his family from
Yugoslavia to Australia in 1994, Damir turned his back on his
adopted country and returned to Serbia in 2001 after alleging
that the Australian Open draw was rigged.
Jelena followed her father and switched nationalities,
representing Serbia and Montenegro, before she finally had
enough, splitting from her family in 2003 and returning to
Australia a year later.
Jelena has poured out her heart to the Australian public
this week, apologising for her own tempestuous behaviour and
pleading for understanding.
Her candid revelation that she suffered from depression has
endeared her to the Australian public but she remains wary about
"It would have to be an unbelievable miracle for him to
change. I don't see that happening," she said.
"I have my tennis and I have my life. I want to do it that
"Knowing him, I just don't see any possibilities. We are
really different and really disagree on pretty much everything."
(Editing by Clare Fallon)