Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

Australian Open 2001
Melbourne, Australia
15 January, 2001

Official Site of Australian Open 2001 by IBM - News

        Day 1 - Jelena Dokic
            Monday, January 15, 2001


            L. DAVENPORT / J. Dokic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

            Q. Richard, channel 7. How did it feel walking out there today? 
            There was a mixed reception for you?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, it did. I think it was actually quite okay. I 
            mean it's something I've had to deal with, and I think I did well. 
            You know, they clapped my good points and her good points. I think 
            it's always going to be tough playing Lindsay because she's a crowd 
            favorite everywhere. I mean, she's one of the best players in the 

            Q. You must have expected mixed reception of sorts?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I did. I mean, I actually think it was quite 
            good in ways. I expected a lot worse, but I actually didn't let it 
            bother me at all, whatever it was going to be. And I think mentally, 
            I was very good out there today.

            Q. You say you were expecting it to be a lot worse, yet the 
            Australian public have always been behind you.

            JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, they have. I mean, like I said, you know, it was 
            quite good, and whatever it was going to be, I was going to try and 
            deal with it. That's what you've got to do. And I think I did pretty 

            Q. Do you stand by your decision to represent Yugoslavia?

            JELENA DOKIC: Yes. Right now. And I haven't thought about it any 

            Q. Your dad was on television just before you walked out on court 
            saying that regardless of the outcome of tonight's match you were 
            likely going to withdraw from the tournament. Is that true?

            JELENA DOKIC: I didn't see that. I don't know that that was -- that 
            comment was made, and, you know, I probably would have gone out 
            there and played. I don't know, I didn't think about it. You know, I 
            didn't win today and that's something I don't have to consider now.

            Q. So you had not discussed that with your father then?

            JELENA DOKIC: Like I said, I didn't know that that was on tonight. I 
            didn't know about that.

            Q. So you knew it was going to be on, but not necessarily tonight?

            JELENA DOKIC: No, I didn't know anything. No.

            Q. How difficult has it been for you the past few days?

            JELENA DOKIC: It's been okay. I mean I've dealt with it fine. I've 
            practiced and gotten ready and, you know, I think I'm more, you 
            know, concerned with how I'm playing right now than anything else. 
            And, you know, that's what I'm happy with. I've done well in Hong 
            Kong and even out there today, you know, it was tough to break her 
            serve. But to get close to, you know, No. 2 player in the world - I 
            think she's probably one of the best out there right now - it feels 
            really good because I lost to her a lot easier the last time we 
            played. I'm very confident of my tennis right now.

            Q. You said before you were standing by your decision to stand by 
            Yugoslavia right now. Do you think it's a possibility it might 

            JELENA DOKIC: No, like I said. I haven't thought about that. I'm 
            playing for Yugoslavia right now. That's the end of that.

            Q. What does it offer you that Australia doesn't?

            JELENA DOKIC: That's where I was born, that's where I'm from. It was 
            just a decision we made and we're standing by it right now.

            Q. It may just be the Australian media, could be Tennis Australia as 
            well, but the fact is a lot of the Australian public have supported 
            you. What do you say to those that have supported you for the last 
            few years?

            JELENA DOKIC: You know what, there's just been so many people that 
            have stood by me, even out there today. I'm grateful for that. I 
            think a lot of people don't sort of understand some of the things, 
            but I think they will stand by me no matter what my decision is 
            because I've played for Australia for quite a few years. I've always 
            done well in Fed Cup, the Olympics and Hopman Cup as well. It's 
            something that they respect, and I think they probably are still 
            hoping that I'm going to come back and play for Australia. But I 
            think I have a lot of crowd support everywhere I go, especially in 

            Q. Your dad has said that he doesn't get on to well with the 
            Australian media. Is it all the media? Is it portions of the media? 
            If it's just a segment of the media, isn't that going to happen in 
            any country?

            JELENA DOKIC: I don't know. I mean, there's been a lot of things 
            written about my dad and also then about me and my family, which -- 
            just things that aren't right. We've been assaulted by the media a 
            lot and I think he feels very strongly about that and he's not very 
            happy with what has been written, especially in the last few months.

            Q. There's been a lot of positive things written about you and your 

            JELENA DOKIC: There has been. I think it should be, because I've 
            done well. But then on the other hand, even though I've done well, 
            there have been a lot of things written that weren't right and that 
            shouldn't be written -- shouldn't have been written.

            Q. Did you hear the crowd getting quite -- gave you quite a warm 
            reception, a send-off when you were leaving after the match. You 
            didn't acknowledge it. What was the reason for that?

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, I think I was, you know, it was the match more 
            than anything. Disappointment. But I don't know, I think it was 
            still a very, very mixed crowd and it was -- I don't think I knew 
            what to do because I just thought maybe I should just leave it and 
            not do anything because, you know, there were people that were going 
            for me. There were people that were going for Lindsay. It was a 
            tight match. But, you know, like I said, there were a lot of people 
            that were supporting me, and that's great to see.

            Q. You said your father feels very strongly about the negative media 
            coverage. Do you feel as strongly about all these issues as he does?

            JELENA DOKIC: Actually about the media, I do. I think, you know, I 
            haven't been here that much but I have seen a few articles that, 
            again, I don't think they should be -- should have been written. And 
            it just isn't right after, you know, I've played for Australia for a 
            long time and did well every time I've played for Australia and I've 
            beaten world-class players playing in team events for Australia. I 
            just, you know, some of the things that have been written I'm not 
            happy with.

            Q. What is it that's wrong that you want to clear up? The stuff 
            that's been printed or said about your father, what about it is 

            JELENA DOKIC: Every time something came up, they've always attacked 
            him. There was never positive things written about my dad or about 
            me and my family, especially in the last couple of months. A lot of 
            people telling us that, you know, they don't want me to play for 
            Australia and that I don't belong here, which I don't think is right 
            after everything I have done. But, again, there's always something 
            negative written, you know, even when there are positives.

            Q. Sandra Harwitt from the United States. Don't you think kind of 
            when you take on this role of being a celebrity and everything, 
            sometimes it just happens that way and you really can't control 
            what's written and plenty of stars, some actors and actresses, have 
            put up with it and don't pay attention to it because you can't 
            control it.

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, yeah. I know, but I have been -- I really have 
            been written about in a really negative way. That's why my dad feels 
            really strongly about that. I'm starting to feel the same way. But 
            then again, hopefully that will clear up and hopefully all of this 
            will be behind me and then, you know, like I said, just then I'm 
            going to try and concentrate on my tennis.

            Q. I know you're planning on moving to the United States, to 
            Florida. What kind of relationship are you planning to have with 
            Yugoslavia and the public and the tennis community there?

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, I'm a resident. I'll be a resident both of 
            Florida in the States and Yugoslavia. I'll have residence in both of 
            those places, and I'll just be representing Yugoslavia. And I think, 
            you know, I'll also be residing there.

            Q. Nicole Pratt said she would be supportive, she and several other 
            players would be supportive. Has she managed to talk to you at all?

            JELENA DOKIC: No, I haven't talked to too many players. It's been 
            really just a day or two. But, you know, I know that a lot of 
            players will be supportive, and, you know, that's great that I can 
            get support from the players and that they understand what type of 
            situation I'm in.

            Q. Do you think you'll be playing in Australia again?

            JELENA DOKIC: It's something, again, I mean there are only a couple 
            of tournaments in Australia at the beginning of the year and 
            something that I haven't thought about. It hasn't been discussed 
            about. But, you know, we'll see.

            Q. You've lived here the majority of your life that you remember. 
            Are there good memories at all?

            JELENA DOKIC: Definitely. I've lived here for a long time. I love 
            Australia and Australians. I've always said that. I've always 
            encouraged that, and the support that they give me. I have never 
            been against anybody or anything in Australia or about Australia. 
            I've always said that. You know, I have never said anything bad 
            about that. I've really enjoyed being here.

            Q. This is a lot to handle for someone as young as yourself?

            JELENA DOKIC: I think it is. I think I've had quite a bit of it. I 
            think what makes me, in a way, stronger, I think I'm mentally strong 
            and try and block things out. I think a lot of players would, you 
            know, under the circumstances, would just, you know, crush and 
            playing out there would just not be able to handle it. I'm very 
            happy with myself in that regard. And like I said, I am able to 
            concentrate on the tennis.

            Q. Was your father watching the match at your hotel? What was he 
            doing tonight?

            ENA DOKIC: I don't know. I don't think so.

            Q. He wasn't watching?

            JELENA DOKIC: No.

            Q. Do you know precisely when you will be moving and what are your 
            expectations of life when you get there?

            JELENA DOKIC: I've already been practicing there. I've already 
            bought a place there and have been there since last year and I'll be 
            going straight after this tournament again. There are tournaments in 
            the States after this.

            Q. Will you go this week or tomorrow?

            JELENA DOKIC: Well, I still have doubles and mixed. So we'll see how 
            that goes. And then I'll go there because there are some tournaments 
            coming up. I'm not playing too much before April, but, you know, 
            which is going to be quite tough. That's why I started well in Hong 
            Kong and wanted to do well here as well, and I was very disappointed 
            with the draw and -- but, you know, it's something I have to get 

The interview article quoted from Official Site of Australian Open 2001.