Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Roland Garros 2000
01 June, 2000
Roland Garros 2000 - News and Photos
Thursday, June 1, 2000
K. HRDLICKOVA/J. Dokic 6-3, 6-1
Q. You had eight break chances but couldn't get through. Was
that the main problem for you today?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, probably. You know, I had a lot of those
chances in the first set. The first of her service game, the
second one, as well. Probably if I converted on those points,
it would have been a different story. Same in the second set,
as well. I just didn't play those points well enough, the way
I should have. If I converted a few of those, probably would
have been a different story.
Q. Looked like you are a bit upset. Was that hard to take for
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I mean, you know, every loss is hard to
take for everybody, I think. The fact that I did have chances,
and also more in the first set, 6-3 , I think like every
single one of her service games, I had at least one or two
break chances, which is a big thing. In the first set,
especially at the beginning, I didn't lose my serve, you know,
at all. I won them quite easily. I think it would have made a
big difference. It would have made a difference to myself
because I also would have picked up my game for sure, too.
Q. When you left France last year, you were heading for very
exciting times at Wimbledon. What are you going to do now to
prepare for Wimbledon? Have you decided? Will you be going to
the lead-up tournaments?
JELENA DOKIC: I still have doubles and mixed here. I have a
tournament before Wimbledon, Rosmalen, in Holland, and then
Whenever I decide to leave here, whenever I'm finished, I'll
probably go on the grass straightaway.
Q. You said you'd been working with Tony Roche this week. How
often do you actually get to work with him? What do you work
on? Is it technical, tactical, motivational?
JELENA DOKIC: Well, whenever he's at tournaments - it's mainly
the big tournaments and the Grand Slams. I worked with him
quite a few times this week, as long as I've been here. We
work on everything. You know, you've got to work on both
technique and tactics, the mental side of it. We do quite a
bit of work on everything.
Q. Have you ever felt the need or have you ever discussed,
say, with your family the possibility of a full-time traveling
JELENA DOKIC: Well, like I said, I've been working with Tony,
so wherever he is, he's at quite a few tournaments, so we work
together whenever I'm at home, so on. But that's it for now.
Maybe we'll change.
Q. Why did you choose Rosmalen rather than going back to
Birmingham or playing Eastbourne, which is a more traditional
lead-up to Wimbledon?
JELENA DOKIC: Well, I think they're all the same tier events.
They're not any bigger than each other. I thought, you know,
I'll just change it this year and go to Holland and see what
it will be like. You don't always have to go to the same
tournaments. I'm only playing one anyway.
Q. You're only playing the one because that's all you're
allowed under the rules?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah.
Q. Or is there another reason?
JELENA DOKIC: I can't put any more in anyway.
Q. How much are you looking forward to Wimbledon, given the
events of last year?
JELENA DOKIC: It should be, you know, a good tournament, good
surface for me, too. I'm looking forward to getting on the
grass after this. In Rosmalen, it's a good lead-up tournament,
then to Wimbledon. Hopefully, you know, I'll do well again.
Q. You played so well to beat Venus in Rome. How do you
explain the lack of consistency subsequently?
JELENA DOKIC: I think I had a few good tournaments, including
Fed Cup. You know, first round was a tough one. I think today,
like I said, I didn't convert on those chances that I had. It
would have been a different story. Sometimes little things
make a big difference. I don't think it's a lack of
consistency. I think I've played quite well over the last
couple of months. You know, sometimes you win and sometimes
Q. You said the other day that your family had come over to be
with you through the next few tournaments. Have you spoken to
them since the match today? What was their reaction?
JELENA DOKIC: I haven't spoken to them, no.
Q. Do you think you might have gone on a bit further here if
you had actually come against a really top player in the early
JELENA DOKIC: You never know. I mean, you can have -- maybe
there could be an upset, you know. Again, you know, you never
know. I mean, I could have maybe beaten a top player if I
played one here because your mentality is different, you're
thinking that you have to play really well and lift your game
up. Probably maybe would have made a difference.
Q. You said that the situation with the coach might change.
Are you in any discussions at the moment to that effect?
JELENA DOKIC: No. Like I said, for the rest of this year, I'm
just going to work with Tony as it is. I'll see after that.
You know, I'll work with him as much as I can.
Q. How do you feel within yourself at the moment? You
obviously had a pretty traumatic Australian summer. Do you
feel pretty calm and in control of things? How is your mind at
JELENA DOKIC: Well, I've sort of tried to put that behind me
and move on, get my tennis back on track, you know, just
concentrate on the tennis. Like I said, I've had a few good
tournaments. You know, you've just got to sort of concentrate
on court on the tennis. I feel, you know, fine at the moment
with Wimbledon coming up, you know, fairly confident I can do
Q. With the age rule and the small number of tournaments you
can actually play, where are you going to play for the rest of
JELENA DOKIC: I'm doing Rosmalen and Wimbledon. I'm playing
Canadian Open and the US. Then I think I have another three,
four tournaments till the end of the year.
Q. You haven't worked out what they will be yet?
JELENA DOKIC: No, not for sure. Probably Zurich and Moscow at
the end, a few other tournaments.
Q. You have a lot of points to defend at Wimbledon, obviously.
How does that make you feel? Feeling a little bit of pressure
at this stage?
JELENA DOKIC: I think, you know, it's something that you've
got to deal with. Every player week-in, week-out has to defend
points. For me, you know, for this year, it's Wimbledon points
that I have to defend. Might be quite a few of them but, you
know, you can't worry about that. You've got to try, like I
said, to focus on the tennis, on the court. You can't think
about, you know, whether you've got anything to defend or, you
know, where your ranking is going to be, so on. Probably
there's a few players that it puts pressure on because they
did well last year, but you can't worry about that.
Q. How will you try to cheer yourself up from this?
JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. I'll see. Like I've said, I've
still got doubles and mixed, which is good. Hopefully I'll do
well there and have a few good wins. You know, looking forward
to getting on the grass again, looking forward to Wimbledon,
The interview article quoted from Roland Garros 2000 Official Website.