Monday, 31 December, 2001 - New Year's Eve|
Memorable 2001 is now passing over. There has been much to celebrate in her tennis life. After switching her country to Yugoslavia, moving her base to Florida and turning 18 years old, Miss Dokic enjoyed her heavy schedule posting brilliant performances on the Tour. Ranked then at No.24, she started this year with a victory in January's Hong Kong exhibition and is now ending 2001 at No.8 in the world ranking. She took her first Tour singles title on the clay court at the Parco Foro Italico in May. Making her way up the rankings, she collected her second career title on the hard court at the Toyota Princess Cup in September. The victory she repeated 2 weeks later by winning third Tour title on the indoor court at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow lifted her into the Top 10 for the first time. She also captured her first doubles title on the Tour with partner Nadia Petrova at the Generali Ladies Linz and made her debut in the Sanex Tour Championships to enrich her resume. She was undoubtedly one of the particularly improved players of the year.
Final 2001 Sanex WTA Singles Rankings:
Saturday, 29 December, 2001 - Octagon, Best Athlete of Belgrade
As the Tennis Week reported last month, Miss Dokic's contract with Octagon, her management company, will expire at the end of the year, the SportsBusiness Journal website reported on 10th December. According to the article, Octagon would not comment on specifics but confirmed that Phil de Picciotto, head of Octagon Athlete Representation, and Ivan Brixi, her agent, have been negotiating with her lawyer. Reached at the Saddlebrook Resort, Miss Dokic reportedly said she plans to leave Octagon but said her lawyer advised her not to comment further.
Politika AD, Yugoslav news website, reported on 25th December that Miss Dokic and the Partizan Rowing Club were elected the 2001 best athlete and club of Belgrade by the Belgrade City Council and the Belgrade Sport Association. She could not participate in the reception ceremony on 24th December, so the cup dedicated to Miss Dokic was handed to the general secretary of the Serbian Tennis Association by Radmila Hrustanovic, Mayor of Belgrade.
Monday, 24 December, 2001 - Athlete of the Year (3)
Tennis Australia's "21st Century Tennis e-update" (Issue No.50) reported today an article about Yugoslavian sportswoman of the year award. The article is as follows:
Former Aussie representative Jelena Dokic, now ranked No.8, was named Yugoslav's Sportswoman of the Year. Dokic was reportedly close to tears when she accepted the award and said: "For me this is, at the same time, an honour and an obligation. It is a big thing when somebody receives such an honour in the first year of their return under a flag. I promise that I will be even more successful in the next year."
It may be the first time that Tennis Australia's newsletter provided her information except in tournaments reports since Miss Dokic left Australia in February.
Thursday, 20 December, 2001 - Athlete of the Year (2)
Sanex WTA Tour official website reported today some news about Yugoslavian sportswoman of the year award. In the article, Miss Dokic was quoted as saying that she has started heavy training for the next season and has worked mainly around her serve. She seems to be going to arrive in Tokyo on 23rd January to be used to the climate and time zone before playing at the Toray Pan Pacific Open. She will then fly to Europe to play in some events and then back to the United States. She also reportedly said that her first big break will be after Wimbledon, where she plans to take 2 or 3 weeks off.
Monday, 17 December, 2001 - Athlete of the Year (1)
According to the Serbian Government official website, Miss Dokic was proclaimed the best female athlete in Yugoslavia this year in the 8th selection of the Yugoslav Olympic Committee (JOK). The ceremony took place at hotel "Interkontinental" in Belgrade on Sunday. Meanwhile, Aleksandar Sostar, the goalkeeper and captain of the Yugoslav national water polo team, was awarded the best male athlete.
Friday, 14 December, 2001 - German Open
The Eurocard Ladies German Open official website announced today that Miss Dokic had committed to play in the 2002 event. The Tier1 tune-up tournament for Roland Garros will be staged in Berlin from 6th to 12th May. Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Justine Henin, defending champion Amelie Mauresmo and wild card entrant Anna Kournikova are other notable names in the field.
Thursday, 13 December, 2001 - Fed Cup 2002
The Tennis Australia official website announced today that Hall-of-Famer Evonne Goolagong Cawley succeeded as Australian Fed Cup team captain following the stepping down of current captain Lesley Bowrey, Miss Dokic's former coach from 1997 to 1999, who served in this position for the past 8 years.
Wednesday, 12 December, 2001 - Toray Pan Pacific Open
The Toray Pan Pacific Open official website announced the main draw singles players today. Miss Dokic will make her first Tour appearance for 2002 as 4th Gold Exempt Player at the Tier1 indoors carpet-court tournament, which will be held from 29th January to 3rd February at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
The field of players is as follows:
Wednesday, 05 December, 2001 - Australian Open
As she had already announced last month, Miss Dokic's decision to skip the 2002 Australian Open seems to have been officially confirmed. According to the Tennis Australia website, the direct acceptances for the women's singles closed yesterday. Miss Dokic was the only active women's player in the top 100 not to have entered for the 1st Grand Slam of the 2002 season, Reuters reported today.
The Australian Open official website has announced that Kia Motors Corporation, Korean motor vehicle manufacturer, will be the new major sponsor of the Grand Slam event for the next 2 years, with an option for a further 2 years, after Ford Australia has stepped aside.
Tuesday, 04 December, 2001 - Hong Kong Ladies Challenge
Miss Dokic, the 2001 champion, seems not to play in the 2002 Hong Kong Ladies Challenge next month.
The Hong Kong Tennis Patrons Association (HKTPA) announced yesterday 8 players competing in the exhibition tournament, which will take place from 2nd to 5th January on the hard-court at Victoria Park Tennis Stadium in Hong Kong. Both singles and doubles competitions will be played under straight knock-out formats.
The field of players is as follows:
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