Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
U.S. Open 2000
Flushing Meadow, NY, USA
31 August, 2000
Official Site of the 2000 US Open by IBM - News
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
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
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
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
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.