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Wednesday, 13 September, 2000, 08:54 GMT 09:54 UK
Dokic's dad needs tickets
Damir Dokic: in trouble at Wimbledon
Damir Dokic has to buy tickets in Sydney
The controversial father of Jelena Dokic has been told he will have to buy tickets if he wants to watch his daughter compete in the Olympics.

Australian Olympic officials have made it clear they would not issue accreditation for Damir Dokic.

He faces a possible ban from the women's tour (WTA) because of behavioural problems at tournaments, including a ban he earned at this month's US Open.

Australian assistant Chef de Mission Peter Montgomery said: "Mr Dokic is not a member of our team and would be able to purchase tickets like other parents have done through the tickets provided by the Australian Olympic Committee."

Abuse

Dokic, who coaches the 17-year-old Jelena - Australia's top female tennis player - was barred from the National Tennis Centre in New York after verbally abusing service staff with an obscenity-filled tirade about the price of salmon in the players' dining room.

He will still be allowed into the athletes' village on the days his daughter plays but that will be all, according to Australian women's team coach Lesley Bowrey.

"He's not an accredited coach," Bowrey said.

The WTA Tour is expected to announce within the next fortnight whether it will take any action against Dokic.

The New York incident was his third case of bad behaviour at a tournament and he could face suspension from the tour.

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