Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Tennis Masters Series - Rome 2001 (Italian Open)
17 May, 2001
2001 TENNIS MASTERS SERIES - ROME
May 17, 2001
J. DOKIC/R. Kuti Kis, 6-3, 6-3
An Interview With: JELENA DOKIC
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. The early departure of Jennifer Capriati last night has opened the way for
you. Do you feel you can capitalize on that?
JELENA DOKIC: Hopefully. I think I did pretty well today. I knew -- I played her
before, and she played very well last night and I knew she would be tough to
play today. And I'm glad, you know, I have got through and I'm happy with the
way I played. I didn't make it too long, and hopefully I'll keep on going.
Q. Do you feel that was your best performance so far in this tournament?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I think considering, you know, who I've played, I think, you
know, she's probably the toughest to play. I was up and down yesterday, but
today was a lot better concentration and just generally in my game and my serve
Q. The last time you lost to her was obviously a big disappointment. Have you
waited a long time to put that right, and are you now friends, the two of you?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, we're talking. We see each other at tournaments and I think,
you know, we've sort of both, I think, tried to forget about what happened and
put that behind us. I know I have, and I know she has as well. And, you know,
we're just, you know, we're not the best of friends. We don't see each other all
the time at all the tournaments, but, you know, we talk to each other and she's
a really nice girl.
Q. How do you rate your chances of play, and how will you change your game for
JELENA DOKIC: I think for me it's sort of a little difficult to play on clay. I
think my game's more suited to hardcourts and grass courts, but I think I have
adjusted well. I've had a good clay court season so far, last couple of weeks
and last couple of tournaments, and I have a couple more before the French Open.
So I think I'm doing well so far. And there's a few more things to work on, but,
Q. Which one is the most difficult for you?
JELENA DOKIC: I think physically I'm a lot better than I was last year this
time. And I think, you know, just generally sometimes I'm not patient enough on
clay and I think I've tried to work on that, and I think I've gotten a lot
Q. What are your thoughts on your next opponent, Joannette Kruger?
JELENA DOKIC: I haven't played her before, but she's done well. She beat, you
know, she beat some seeds here, and I'm sure she's playing well. So it will be
an interesting one. And I think, you know, that will sort of test my, you know,
concentration as well. And just generally I think it's an important match for me
to get through.
Q. (Inaudible.) In which way do you feel you are still Australian?
JELENA DOKIC: You know, I think I was born in Yugoslavia, and I think that's
where I'm from and I always will be. But I was in Australia for a long time and
I spent, you know, a big part of my career in Australia, so I think it's very
hard to say. I think I always will be where I'm from and -- but I think
Australia, I can't also just forget Australia because it played a big part in my
life. But I think it's something that I've tried to put behind me and I decided
who I'm going to play for, and I'm -- I've just tried to forget about all that
and concentrate on my tennis.
Q. What is the best thing you found out in Australia?
JELENA DOKIC: Like I said, I spent a lot of time in Australia and I've gotten
used to just the people and just living there. And it was, you know, it was
great to be there. But like I said again, I'm from Yugoslavia. That's where I'm
Q. What chance do you give yourself in this tournament, seeing your side of the
draw, where you are?
JELENA DOKIC: I think the next match is important for me to get through, and,
you know, if I play well, I have a good chance to get to the final. You know,
all the players that are in the draw on my side I've beaten before and, you
know, I have a good chance to get through. But you never know what can happen,
and I think I'm just, you know, going match by match and try to play better and
better on each one.
Q. Where do you live now when you don't travel for tournaments? And do you live
just in one place or when you go back to Yugoslavia, you go back to your old
town and house?
JELENA DOKIC: No, no. I'm in Tampa right now, in Florida, and I've sort of
settled myself there right now to practice. And I haven't -- I haven't gone
anywhere else, I haven't been anywhere else. And whenever I'm not playing
tournaments, I'll be in Tampa right now and that's sort of my residence for now.
Q. Not in Europe?
JELENA DOKIC: No.
Q. What about your coach? I mean, you have an experience with Tony Roche. Is
your father your coach? In your mind, do you have a coach?
JELENA DOKIC: No, my dad just works with me now. I think I have a good
relationship with him on court especially, because I think he's guided me
through a lot and we've been, you know, through a lot together. And he was there
from the first day that I started, so, you know, he knows me the best and I know
him and I think we have the best relationship that we can have right now with
anybody. So I'm definitely not looking for a coach, and I don't think I want one
Q. How difficult was it for you when he wasn't around during that period when he
JELENA DOKIC: You know, it was quite a few months. Like I said, I've worked with
him from the first day, so it was very different and I think at the beginning
probably a little bit difficult. But, you know, I've learned to -- I think
that's made me more mature and helped me in a way, because I sort of had to do
things myself. And it was hard not to have anybody around like him, so I think
it's also made me a stronger person and mentally tougher. But, you know, now
that he's back, it's a lot better.
Q. For sure you became much tougher mentally recently, but are you somehow
scared or worried about the idea of going back to England where all those things
happened in Birmingham two years ago, in Wimbledon last year with your father?
Are you somehow afraid about the tabloid writers?
JELENA DOKIC: Not really. I don't think there's anything to be afraid of, you
know. If they want to write, you know, what they want to write, that's up to
them, you know? And I don't think -- I think a lot of especially the top players
don't even worry about that, and I don't think it should be on your mind. And I
just -- I think you just got to try and block that out, you know. Sometimes it
might be hard, but, you know, tabloids and newspapers have their job to do, and
I think mine is to be on the court. So I'm not too worried about that.
Q. (Inaudible)... special friends if you have one?
JELENA DOKIC: I have a few friends in Tampa, where I train, but I think on the
Tour I try and be, you know, good with everybody. I think Conchita and Aranxta,
they're, you know, really nice people as well.
Q. Do you speak Spanish?
JELENA DOKIC: No. (Smiling.) And, you know, I try and, you know, you got to try
and be friendly to everybody. I think it's very important on the Tour because,
especially if you're going to be on the Tour for 10, 15 years like they have
been, I think it's very important.
Q. Conchita and Aranxta are a little older than you, even if they are very nice
girls. Do you go out with some girls of your age, I mean, or to hear music and
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I guess with some of the players that are my age, I think
especially the ones that are coming up, Kim and Justine, Kim Clijsters. There's
a lot of players you can go out with, and I don't think it's very hard to find
Q. What is the difference between living in Florida and Australia in terms of
tennis facilities or friends or for climate?
JELENA DOKIC: Generally, facilities are a lot better because I think -- I'm in
Saddlebrook, and, you know, you have everything there that you want. And I think
it's perfect for tennis, and there is a lot of players that live there right
now. And I think the climate's really good as well. Just generally, I think it's
a lot more relaxed and I think no one sort of bothers you, you do your own
thing, and I think it's very good for a sports person to be there.
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