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Thursday, 29 June, 2000, 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
Tennis star's father in row
Dokic and Saggers
Damir Dokic, left, offered to pay for the smashed phone
The father of Serb-born tennis star Jelena Dokic has been escorted out of Wimbledon by police officers after a bizarre incident at the All-English Club.

Damir Dokic smashed a journalist's mobile phone on Thursday, and shouted: "The Queen is on the side of democracy, the rest of the country is fascist."

police
Mr Dokic waved an England flag as he was led away
He offered to pay for a replacement phone for BSkyB's Mark Saggers.

Two police officers then led Mr Dokic out of Wimbledon as he clutched the flag of St George.

His daughter, the Yugoslavian-born 17-year-old who is now a naturalised Australian, had earlier beaten Spain's Gala Leon Garcia 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.

In last year's tournament, she knocked out top seed Martina Hingis in the opening round and went on to reach the quarter-finals.

Mr Saggers, a senior sports correspondent, had been talking to Mr Dokic about interviewing Jelena when the incident occured.


I definitely felt threatened by him

Mark Saggers
"I said: 'We will do an interview with your daughter if you like, but we can't do it here, we have to go to the golf course'.

"He said he had a phone like mine but it wasn't working there and asked if he could make a phone call.

"I gave it to him and he picked it up, sort of looked at me and smashed it onto the balcony and also raised his arm at me. I definitely felt threatened by him."

Inspector Andrew Freestone, of the Metropolitan Police, said Mr Dokic came to the incident room voluntarily while the matter was being investigated.

"No action was taken and the Dokic family elected to leave the grounds. No further action will be taken," he said.

Dokic on court
Jelena Dokic beat Gala Leon Garcia

It is not the first time Mr Dokic has fallen foul of the UK authorities.

In June last year he was thrown out of the DFS Classic in Edgbaston for making too much noise and referring to officials as Nazis.

Police then arrested him for blocking traffic.

Two years ago, he accused the organisers of the Melbourne junior tournament of being "cheats" over a draw.

Mr Dokic moved his family to Australia from Serbia in 1994.

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