Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

The Championships 2000
Wimbledon, Great Britain
30 June, 2000

Official Site of The Championships, Wimbledon by IBM - News

            Jelena Dokic
            Friday, June 30, 2000

            DOKIC-CAPRIATI / Martinez-Tarabini 6-3, 6-4

            MODERATOR: Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. We have Jelena Dokic.
            Can I just say prior to the start that we're answering questions on 
            tennis matters only. Can we keep questions to tennis-related matters?
            Who would like to start? 

            Q. You seemed to enjoy the match. Was it good fun playing doubles? 
            Do you find it enjoyable?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. You know, we started playing at the beginning of 
            this year. All the tournaments we've played, we've done really well, 
            getting our doubles rankings up. I think we combined very well. 
            We've had some good wins. We've really played well in this 

            Q. After making such an impact last year on the tournament, how do 
            you feel it's going this year? Have you learned from last year's 

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I had a great tournament last year, obviously. I 
            like playing on grass. It suits my game, I think, as well. You know, 
            coming into this year, a year later - like I said, I really like 
            this tournament and the surface, you know - I think I'm a better 
            player than I was last year. Hopefully I'll do as well, and maybe 
            even better.

            Q. How do you feel about what happened yesterday? 

            MODERATOR: We're taking questions on tennis matters. 

            Q. Is your game ever affected by what happens off the court? 

            JELENA DOKIC: No. You know, I played very well yesterday. I think 
            even the first match, you know, I played very well. I feel really 
            good on the court. In singles and doubles, I think doubles also 
            helps my singles game, as well. Like I said, we played really well 
            today and got through.

            Q. You have a lot of points to defend from doing well last year. 
            Does that put a little extra burden on you?

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, I think, if you're going to be a top player, 
            you'll have to defend points week in, week out. That's something 
            you've got to get used to. I'm still in the tournament and doing 
            well. I think I can do as well as I did last year. Hopefully I'll 
            defend those points. If I don't, you know, I've got a lot of 
            tournaments to go until the end of the year. The last couple 
            tournaments, I've been playing very well, had some really good 
            results. I feel confident.

            Q. How do you compare your game with this time last year?

            JELENA DOKIC: I just said I think I'm a better player than I was 
            last year, a year older. I feel really good out there at the moment. 
            You know, I've worked a lot on my game, on everything, especially 
            coming into the grass tournaments. I've been working a lot on the 
            grass, getting ready.

            Q. There's been a lot of talk about whether the influence of parents 
            is good or bad for players like yourself. How do you categorize your 
            father's influence? 

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, I've said this many times. I have a great 
            relationship with my dad. Him going to tournaments with me, he's 
            always been with me in tennis, a big influence. I like having him 
            around. Doesn't bother me at all. 

            Q. Do you sometimes find his behavior a distraction to you? 

            MODERATOR: Can we keep it to tennis-related questions? 

            Q. I'm asking if she is distracted in her game by his behavior. 

            JELENA DOKIC: I said to you, I played really well yesterday and got 
            through, which is the main thing for me, the most important. My dad 
            is a big influence on me and my tennis. He knows my game more than 
            anybody else. He knows me more than anybody else. I like having him 
            around. He's somebody that I can work with. He's on the court always 
            with me. We do things together. 

            Q. You would really miss his support then?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. I think, you know, parents and the family is the 
            biggest support you can have. Especially if somebody like that is 
            involved in your game like he is. If somebody like that watches your 
            matches, it means a lot. I think any support you can get is huge. 

            Q. Are you making a conscious effort to sort of recreate the support 
            you had last year? Are you staying at the same hotel? Is there 
            anything superstitious there? What's the reason for that?

            JELENA DOKIC: I am a little bit superstitious. Like I said, I had a 
            really good tournament here last year. I played really well here. I 
            really liked this tournament. It's worked so far. Hopefully it will 

            Q. Were you surprised at the large crowd around your court today?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I was actually. Even yesterday, my singles 
            match, a lot of people around. I get a lot of support from the 
            people outside. It feels great to have all those people support you. 
            It was huge today. Everywhere you looked, there were people 
            supporting us. That's something, you know, that sort of gets you up 
            in matches, helps you a lot. I think I had a really tight first set 
            there yesterday. They helped me through it.

            Q. How do you find the spotlight? Do you find it hard to deal with? 
            Does it come naturally? Are you embarrassed by it sometimes?

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, I think it's something that every player has to 
            deal with, especially if you're at the top. I've always liked the 
            hype, being in the centre of everything. I don't seem to have a 
            problem with it.

            Q. Jennifer made a huge impact when she was even younger than 
            yourself. Has she had any advice for you on how to cope when you're 
            a teenager?

            JELENA DOKIC: Like I said, we started playing at the beginning of 
            this year. We're just concentrating on playing doubles together. I 
            think also in our doubles game, we've come a long way, are playing 
            very well. I think we help each other out, as well, on the court. I 
            think we combine very well.

            Q. Is she a friend?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. I mean, I think I can say that. I think we get 
            along very well. 

            Q. Patrick Rafter said a couple times this week that he's a better 
            player the more tennis he's playing. Are you like that or do you 
            think you might reach a stage where you'll concentrate wholly on 

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, I think for me also it's better; the more tennis 
            I play, the better it is. I think I'm a confidence player. Like I 
            said, playing doubles also helps you in your singles game. Whether 
            it's singles, doubles, or mixed, the more matches I play, the better 
            it is for me. Whether it's, you know, doubles or mixed, it helps me 
            a lot in my singles, as well.

            Q. When do you feel more nervous, entering Centre Court on Wimbledon 
            or coming into answer silly questions from us?

            JELENA DOKIC: I think Centre Court at Wimbledon. It's great to come 
            out on a court like that. I think it's normal to have nerves, you 
            know, going out onto a court like that. I know I played there last 
            year, No. 1 court, as well. You come out of the court, all those 
            people clapping and everything. It feels great. I get rid of the 
            nerves very quickly. I don't think I get nervous on the big 

            Q. Have you found over the last year that you need to become sort of 
            mentally tougher to succeed at this level, at the senior level, as 
            well as the skill and technique? 

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, definitely. I think it's one thing to work on 
            your game; it's another to be mentally tough. I've never had that 
            problem, especially in matches I think I've got good concentration. 
            I think I'm mentally quite tough. But it's something that, you know, 
            can be worked on. I don't think I have a problem with it.

            Q. You haven't had a great year since you were here last year; not 
            sort of consistent results like what was predicted. Has there been a 
            particular thing you felt has been holding you back?

            JELENA DOKIC: I think after I did really well here last year, I 
            think people expected me to do as well as that everywhere else. It's 
            hard to do that. 
            I've played some matches where, you know, I lost to some very tough 
            opponents in tough matches. You know, you've got to get past that. I 
            also could have won those matches. Then you would have said, "She's 
            done very well." You won't always win matches like that. You know, 
            I've tried to learn from that. I think I've come a long way because, 
            you know, I've tried to work on the things that didn't go well in 
            matches. That's what I'm concentrating on. I think eventually it 
            will work out like it has been in the last five or six months.

            Q. The singles draw is looking pretty good for you at this stage. 
            Have you looked far ahead?

            JELENA DOKIC: I haven't. I know a lot of seeds have gone out in the 
            draw, both the top half and the bottom. It's always wide open. I've 
            just looked past the next round, I know who I play. That's the most 
            important thing for me. If I get past that round, you know, I'll 
            look on to the next one. You know, the draw is open, but you can't 
            get too excited about it because every match is tough in a Grand 

            Q. You were a little bit upset when you lost at the French Open. 
            Emotionally sort of, how do you feel at the moment?

            JELENA DOKIC: I think it was a tough loss for me, probably the one I 
            thought I could have got through, probably wasn't as satisfied with 
            my game. I didn't think I played as well as I could have. Again, 
            you've got to get past that and go on. I've played very well here 
            this week. You know, if I continue, I'll be happy because I think I 
            can get through. You know, you won't always have weeks where you'll 
            play really well. I think emotionally I feel very good this week and 

            Q. I know Tony Roche is sort of your part-time coach, but your 
            father has coached you a lot during your younger years. What is his 
            specific coaching role at the moment, or does he not have any, your 

            JELENA DOKIC: Like I said, he does everything pretty much. You know, 
            he's on the court with me. You know, he knows me better than anybody 
            else. I need somebody like that, who knows me, knows my game, can 
            help me with it. You know, no matter who I'm working with, he's a 
            hundred percent there on the court, looks after what I'm doing. 

            Q. Is he a hard taskmaster? Does he really push you to practise hard?

            JELENA DOKIC: I think I push myself more than anybody else. I work 
            hard, work on everything. I think I've been taught to do that, as 
            well. I don't think I can go any other way but working hard. He's 
            like that, as well. Whether it's a practise court or a match, I give 
            110% everywhere. I think that's just the way I am. 

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