The man with the terrifying eyes had been lurking around the Wimbledon media area for a while, looking for trouble among the press corps that he despised so much.
Finally, his opportunity came when a television reporter approached him to ask about conducting an interview with his daughter.
Damir Dokic snatched the cell phone of Sky TV's Mark Saggers and, in an instant, smashed it on to the balcony to create a mangled mess of plastic and microchip.
It was the first Thursday of the 2000 Wimbledon championships and while the unpredictable behavior of tennis star Jelena Dokic's father was already notorious on the tour, this was the most dramatic and high profile eruption to date.
As Mr. Dokic was escorted from the All England Club he ranted to anyone who would listen that in England "only the Queen supports democracy, the rest of the country are fascists."
At that stage, given the impossibly hostile environment in which she was cocooned, it was easy to predict the demise of Jelena Dokic's
Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet. A writer all …