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Tennis fathers don't always know best

winning the ladies final match against Serena Williams of USA at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on July 3, 2004
winning the ladies final match against Serena Williams of USA at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on July 3, 2004
(Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

French Open champion Maria Sharapova has always had the support of her father during her career. As other tennis stars have had similar help, there have been times when Dad should have taken a step back.

As this list shows, tennis fathers have wanted the best for their children but sometimes this drive went too far,sometimes way over the line.

Maria Sharapova taking a champion walk
Maria Sharapova taking a champion walk Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Maria Sharapova taking a champion walk

Yuri Sharapova got a lot of attention at an Australian Open when he was seen on camera doing a throat-slitting gesture to the then world number one Justine Henin.

Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/pictures/29925/tennis-fathers-hell/page/4/0#ixzz34FJD1ng0

Serena Williams (R) celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams
Serena Williams (R) celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams Julian Finney/Getty Images

Serena Williams (R) celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams

In 2001 Richard Williams went on a rant and labeled tennis correspondents as racist and stating that if his girls were "some little white no-good trasher like Tracy Austin or Chris Evert, who cannot hit the ball" then they would be nicer to them.

Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/pictures/29925/tennis-fathers-hell#ixzz34FNBByF5

Bernard Tomic sticks by his Dad
Bernard Tomic sticks by his Dad (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Bernard Tomic sticks by his Dad

John Tomic has been banned from ATP tournaments since he was charged with assaulting the hitting partner of his son, Bernard Tomic.The claim is that John Tomic head-butted him and left him in bandages. He could get three years in prison if convicted.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1653655-the-5-worst-tennis-fathers-of-all-time/page/4

 

Walter and Marion Bartoli
Walter and Marion Bartoli Julian Finney/Getty Images

Walter and Marion Bartoli

At the 2011 Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli after losing the first set, in a moment of rage, made a motion  at her father for him to go away.

‘I was so tired and exhausted at the end of the first set that really I had to express my emotions somehow,’ she said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2008168/WIMBLEDON-2011-Angry-Marion-Bartoli-banishes-dad-crowd.html#ixzz34FPaaTdm
 

Steffi Graf and father Peter Graf
Steffi Graf and father Peter Graf Bob Martin/Getty Images

Steffi Graf and father Peter Graf

Peter Graf created front companies to avoid paying tax on Steffi's multi-million dollar tennis income and was caught withholding $7.4 million from tax authorities.

In 1997 a German judge sentenced Peter Graf to three years and nine months in prison, less 15 months already served - the judge decided not to fine Peter because he said Steffi would have ended up paying, not her father.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2008168/WIMBLEDON-2011-Angry-Marion-Bartoli-banishes-dad-crowd.html

Stefano Capriati and Jennifer
Stefano Capriati and Jennifer Al Messerschmidt/WireImage

Stefano Capriati and Jennifer

Jennifer won 14 WTA titles after turning pro in 1990, but her father had already signed contracts with a list of sponsors before she had even hit a ball on-court.

Stefano later told US media "[Jennifer] was ready for the sport at 13, and you must eat the apple when it's ripe."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-07/tenniss-five-worst-fathers/4673938