Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

U.S. Open 2000
Flushing Meadow, NY, USA
31 August, 2000

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            Jelena Dokic
            Thursday, August 31, 2000

            J. Dokic v. M. Oremans 6-1, 6-4

            An interview with: JELENA DOKIC

            MODERATOR: Tennis questions for Jelena, please.

            Q. How were you so able to focus on your tennis today, given what's 
            happened in the past couple days?

            JELENA DOKIC: I think I, you know, played well. My concentration was 
            there the whole match. I stayed focused. You know, I started playing 
            well straightaway from the beginning. I just didn't, you know, let 
            her get into the match.

            Q. How was it possible that you can just switch on and focus so 
            well, given the last couple days?

            JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. I mean, I don't have any trouble with 
            it. You know, I just try and go out there and think about the match. 
            That's all you can do really. You've got to try not to let any other 
            -- anything else distract you because you've just got to concentrate 
            on the match. 

            Q. Seems like you were working over her backhand. Was that sort of 
            your plan going in?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, it was. She has a good backhand. She can slice 
            well. I think it was definitely on the return that was the weakness. 
            That's what I tried to target. That's where I won, you know, a lot 
            of points, especially off the serve. Didn't get broken in the match. 
            She had some chances, but even on the breakpoints, that backhand 
            side seemed to break down.

            Q. You seemed to be trying to mix things up a bit today, a few lobs, 
            dropshots, volleys. Did you set out to do that?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. You know, I did that in the first match, as 
            well. It's something I've been working on, to mix my game up a bit, 
            work on that serve. That's what I've been trying to do, especially 
            for the last couple of weeks. I really try and do that in matches 
            and be comfortable with it.

            Q. Is it going to be difficult now not having a coach on the 
            premises for the rest of the tournament?

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, I think eventually it's something you've got to 
            deal with. You've got to be able to play yourself. There's nobody 
            out there that can play for you. I know what I have to work on and I 
            know what I have to do. It's obviously hard not having anybody 
            there, but I guess it's something I'm going to have to deal with.

            Q. Will you think about perhaps having someone else accompany you at 
            tournaments, if you have to?

            JELENA DOKIC: Not at the moment, no. I've still got these few 
            tournaments and the Olympics coming up. Nothing at the moment. I 
            won't change anything, no.

            Q. Do you worry that you might face more of this in the future down 
            the road? 

            JELENA DOKIC: Look, like I said, I'm just concentrating on the 
            tennis, taking each day as it comes. That's all I can do at the 
            moment. Right now what's important for me is that I got through that 
            second round today, which I'm really happy with, just concentrating 
            on the rest of the tournament, trying to play well.

            Q. It's really a pressure you don't need --?

            MODERATOR: Can we continue with tennis, please? She wishes just to 
            answer tennis questions. If you can please carry on like that. 

            Q. Have you looked ahead in the draw at all, a couple rounds at 

            JELENA DOKIC: I haven't. I don't even know who I'll play next. I 
            think it's a qualifier or something.

            Q. Would you like the WTA and USTA to review their decision not to 
            let your father on the premises? 

            JELENA DOKIC: Obviously it's something that's been decided. I 
            wouldn't mind it being changed, of course. That's the way it is 
            right now. I had to go by it today, play my match, just go on with 

            Q. Have you asked them to review it all?

            JELENA DOKIC: No, I haven't spoken to anybody.

            Q. What was the last thing you said before you parted company today?

            JELENA DOKIC: I went back to have lunch. We just spoke about the 
            match because I played her before, knew what I had to do. Just tried 
            not to worry about anything else, try not to put pressure on myself 
            about winning a match, just going out there and playing, just seeing 
            what happens.

            Q. Were there any sort of coaching tips that he was able to give you 
            today before the match?

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, like I said, we knew what I had to do, target 
            her backhand a bit more, just play my game. I knew that if I was 
            aggressive enough, that I could win the match. You know, she mixes 
            it up well. She comes in a bit, which is always hard. She has a 
            pretty good serve. I was just trying to, you know, make her play and 

            Q. Was it an easy win? It looked pretty easy standing on the 

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, first set I think was. Second set was a bit 
            tougher. Had some chances to break in all of her games, but didn't 
            take them. She sort of seemed to win those games. It was a pretty 
            tough match for me to stay focused, not to let her get back in the 
            match, just not let her break my serve.

            Q. Have you spoken to your dad since your win?

            JELENA DOKIC: No, I haven't.

            Q. You mentioned that you were relieved. Is that a sense that you 
            feel right now? After this feeling of relief, did you call your 
            father and tell him what happened in the match?

            JELENA DOKIC: I tried to call, but I couldn't get through. I 
            definitely feel relieved. I really wanted to get through this match 
            today because I knew I had a chance. It was an important one for me. 
            I definitely have a chance in the next match, as well. Again, a 
            Grand Slam, after Wimbledon, to win rounds, have a chance to get to 
            the fourth round, that's a great result for me. I was definitely 
            relieved today because I really wanted to get through this one. 
            First few matches are always tough to get through. 

            Q. Will there be anyone courtside for you for the duration of the 

            JELENA DOKIC: Probably not, no. Not right now. I've still got 
            doubles, just warming up in practices. Like I said, I know what I 
            have to do, what I've been working on. You've got to be able to play 
            matches and practice yourself because you're the one that's playing.

            Q. Was it difficult to prepare for today?

            JELENA DOKIC: A little bit. You know, I had a good warm-up in the 
            morning. I went back, just try to focus on the match, think about 
            what I'm going to do. Sometimes when you think about a match too 
            much, you get a bit too tight about it, you worry about it too much. 
            I seemed to get through it fine.

            Q. Mary Pierce said a short time ago, having had a similar 
            situation, you get through this, it just makes you stronger. Would 
            you agree?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, definitely. I think getting through matches for 
            me at the moment, to get through them, to be able to play the same 
            way that I do no matter what happens, it just makes me feel really 
            good. That's why I was relieved to win today.

            Q. How are you scouting and preparing for the tournament as it goes 

            JELENA DOKIC: As I say, I don't know who I have next round. Again, 
            it would always come probably down to how I play because I play 
            aggressively. If I don't make errors, if I do what I have to do and 
            serve well, I can get through matches.

            Q. Can you ask around among the players?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, definitely. I think everybody knows each other. 
            Between the players, we all know each other pretty well. It's just a 
            matter of finding out.

            Q. Have any of the players here or at Wimbledon when you've had your 
            problems been particularly helpful or supportive towards you?

            JELENA DOKIC: A lot of them have been, yeah. I haven't spoken to 
            anybody in particular. I seem to get along with everybody fine. I 
            think the more tournaments I've played, the further I've gotten, 
            I've only been on the tour for two years also, I think I seem to 
            have gotten to know everybody. Everybody seems to be very nice.

            Q. Has anybody given you particular encouragement. 

            JELENA DOKIC: No. Just everybody in general has been quite 

            Q. Lesley Bowrey, the Olympic coach, would you ask her to work with 
            you for the rest of the tournament?

            JELENA DOKIC: Like I said, no at the moment, no. I'm just going to 
            leave things as they are.

            Q. Are you looking for someplace away from this site that you can 

            JELENA DOKIC: You know, the tournament has started. If you win 
            singles matches, you always have a day in between. I have doubles. 
            If I get through in that, you know, I'm not going to practice a 
            couple of hours a day, like three, four, five hours a day where I'm 
            going to have to go someplace else. It's going to be warm-ups and 
            nothing more than that. I think I'll stay there.

            Q. Do you see the tennis court as a refuge, a place where you can 
            get away from things, focus on other things in life?

            JELENA DOKIC: I think once you have matches and you play and 
            practice and do your own thing at the courts, you sort of seem to 
            just focus on tennis. I think that's what everybody seems to do. If 
            you have a match, you just focus on that, you don't worry about 
            anything else. That's sort of what I had to do today.

            Q. You had huge support out there after the match. Is that usual?

            JELENA DOKIC: I've had great support, especially at Wimbledon. I 
            seem to get good support wherever I go. Probably wasn't so 
            surprising that I did. There were quite a few people out there. It's 
            always good to have a good atmosphere.

            Q. Did you feel good support in the locker room today also?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. Like I said, a lot of players have supported me. 
            I seem to get along with everybody great.

            Q. Players are coming up to you and saying things to you. Is that 
            embarrassing in a sense?

            JELENA DOKIC: No, not really. I think it shows just how much players 
            sort of care for each other. There's not sort of anything between 
            us. For me, like I said, you know, whether they support me or not, 
            it's something that I have to deal with. I have to go out and play 
            my matches.

            Q. Do you ever think it would be nice to be able to focus on your 
            tennis without these distractions?

            JELENA DOKIC: Doesn't seem to distract me. I did well at Wimbledon. 
            I seem to do well at tournaments. I've done very well this year, had 
            some good results, some consistent ones, too, which is important for 
            me at the moment. Doesn't seem to distract me. That's what the match 
            today showed. I was there the whole time. It looks like an easy 
            score line, but every point, I sort of concentrated on what I had to 
            do and I was there on the court.

            Q. It's easy to put things aside?

            JELENA DOKIC: For me, yeah.

            Q. Were you able to get any sleep last night?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. I slept fine, actually. It was good to get some 
            sleep, very good. Again, it's something you've got to deal with. I 
            seem to deal with it well.

            Q. Are you playing the Olympic Games?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yes.

            Q. Is your mom here, as well?

            JELENA DOKIC: No, no. Just my dad. My brother is at school.

            Q. Have you spoken to your mom in the last 24 hours?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I spoke to my mom and my brother this morning. I 
            speak to them every day, just about life and things. 

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The interview article quoted from Official Site of the 2000 U.S. Open.