Re: Elise Tamaela knocked out and put on a drip by opponent's father
Though Karen Barbat has only reached as high as No. 474 in the WTA rankings, her father had already gained infamy on the tour for his behavior. During qualifying matches at the e-Boks Open in Copenhagen in August of 2010, a drunken Mihai Barbat was arrested in the parking lot outside Farum Arena, twice pulled from the driver's seat of his car to prevent him from driving while intoxicated.
Previous to that incident, Mihai Barbat had chosen to stop cooperation between his daughter with the Danish Tennis Federation.
Karen Barbat had also shown some unusual family dynamics in Copenhagen during the matches themselves, as her (then) 13-year-old brother Alex served as her on-court coach.
Barbat should found and prosecuted as soon as possible, punished severely for his actions, and never allowed to see a tennis court again. And, hopefully, his daughter is given the help she needs to rid herself of him fully.
Barbat, a 19-year-old from Denmark, has also been defaulted from her doubles match, which she had been scheduled to play with partner Julia Kimmelmann of Germany.
But most importantly, best wishes to Elise Tamaela for a speedy and full recovery.