Wertheim's catalog of crazy dads provides enough material for a psychoanalytic conference. Jennifer Capriati's father, Stefano, brags that he made her do sit-ups in the crib; Mary Pierce's father, Jim, was ejected from the 1993 French Open for causing a disturbance in the stands. Then there's Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena. At various times he has claimed that he was about to buy Rockefeller Center and that he had launched a website "for f——-d-up girls" that he estimated would be worth $100 million. With parenting like that, it's amazing these women can choose from a menu, let alone make smart career decisions.
It's no coincidence that Davenport emerges as the tour's most well-adjusted player. When she was a kid, her father embarrassed her during a match by groaning loudly when she made a mistake. She told him to stop or "you'll never get to come watch me again."
A tennis player, not a star. If I have a daughter, I hope that's the choice she makes