Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

"Vecernje Novosti" Daily Newspaper
Yugoslavia
16. November 2000
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"I want passport of my country"

One of the most talented tennis player in the world arrived yesterday in Belgrade 
with a wish to get Yugoslavian passport so she can travel around the world with 
new ID. She gave documents that are required for passport in early October:
 
Jelena Dokic:
"Long time ago I wanted to came back. I have talked about this dream for six months. 
I have lived in Australia for full six years, I was all around the world, but it is 
nowhere same like in Yugoslavia."- said Jelena. 
 
Dokic family left country six years ago in 1994. They are staying in Belgrade for 
few days in hotel "Nova Slavija"
 
"I do not remember Belgrade so much. I only remember that I have played few 
tournaments. But Belgrade is capital town of my country. We knew that we could 
enjoy in our food. Because of that yesterday my mother and I did not eat anything, 
We were preparing ourselves for some Belgrade restaurant. My hart is full, I only 
need to get our passport."
 
"This is my first holiday. I shall rest here and learn about the town. I deserved 
that. I did not have holiday for long time."  
 
Ljijana Dokic:
"We are so excited- said Mrs. Dokic. After six years we are around our people again. 
On the way from airport to hotel We have seen many destroyed buildings. We have not 
seen the whole town yet, but we have time. People are the same witch is most important."
 
Damir Dokic:
Media in Australia does not have mercy for Dokic family. Few days ago there was a 
headline in one newspaper "Be first or go back where you are from". 
 
"It seems that games have started- said Mr. Dokic. So Jelena will not play in some 
tournament in USA because she doesn't have 18 years yet. But she is celebrating her 
birthday during that tournament (12. April 2001). But We will survive."
 
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Serbian:

Izvor "Vecernje novosti" dnevni list na 16. novembar 2000.

"Zelim pasos otadzbine"

Jedna od najtalentovanijih teniserki sveta doputovala je juce u Beograd.

Jelena Dokic:
"Odavno sam htela da se vratim! O ovom snu govorim vec sest meseci. Punih sest 
godina sam zivela u Australiji, obisla svet, ali nigde nije kao u Jugoslaviji."
- rekla je Jelena.
 
Dokicevi su napustili zemlju pre sest godina u 1994. U Beogradu ce biti nekoliko 
dana u hotelu " Nova Slavija".
 
"Beograd puno ne pamtim. Secam se da sam odigrala nekoliko turnira. Ali, on je 
prestoni grad moje otadzbine. Znali smo da cemo u njemu moci da uzivamo i u domacoj 
kuhinji. Zbog toga prekljuce ceo dan mama i ja nismo nista jele, cuvale smo se za 
neki Beogradski restoran. Srce mi je puno, jos samo da dobijem nas pasos."
- kaze Jelena Dokic.
 
"To je moj prvi odmor. Ovde cu se odmarati, upoznavati grad. to sam i zasluzila 
jer dugo nisam znala za odmor."
 
ostatak nisam stigao da otkucam....
 
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Special thanks to Mr.Ljubisa Bojic (Yuba) for translating this interview article.

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