Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

Pacific Life Open 2002
Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, USA
09 March, 2002

J. Dokic / E. Bovina, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
March 9, 2002

Indian Wells, California 

J. DOKIC/E. Bovina 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

An interview with: JELENA DOKIC

MODERATOR: Questions for Jelena. 

Q. Tough first set, but then you got yourself back into it. Do you want to talk about it?

JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I didn't play that well in the first set. I didn't move that well either. 
It was a little bit difficult to get used to the conditions and the court. It's a little bit 
slower. And I haven't played a match outdoors for like six months. And she's tough to play 
against for a first round. You know, I was happy that I got my rhythm back in the second set, 
and then the third. You know, I was a little bit too defensive in the first set.

Q. It's hard to get a rhythm against her because she's pretty much taking big swings at the 

JELENA DOKIC: It is. She hit some unbelievable returns off the backhand. You know, when you're 
not playing so well, that's tough. You know, she's so tall. Her serve is a little bit strange 
also. She's one of those players that doesn't give you very much rhythm. But I was happy the 
way I turned it around.

Q. What's been going on with you physically in your last two tournaments? You retired in both, 

JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. I tore my adductor in Paris, and I didn't play the final. Then I went to 
Antwerp, tried to play, but I wasn't physically good to play. Then I had to have a few weeks 
off. That's about it. 

Q. And what about today? Are you a hundred percent?

JELENA DOKIC: I feel good, yeah. It's about 95. I'm not going to say it's a hundred. First 
match back is always a little bit tough. I don't have that much confidence with my leg right 
now. But it was really good. I moved well. You know, I was happy with it. 

Q. You had a lot of time off in the off-season, probably the most you ever had. How is that 
working out for you? Did you like being off that much? Were you practicing a lot or working 

JELENA DOKIC: I had a few months off. I didn't do anything because I played a lot last year. 
I just had a long break, which I think I needed, because the year is so long. Then I started 
to train again in January. But, you know, it was something I needed. I felt really good after 

Q. So you actually took off about eight weeks?


Q. Didn't pick up a racquet?


Q. Were you doing anything in the gym?

JELENA DOKIC: No, nothing. 

Q. Really?


Q. Did you find when you got back on court that --?

JELENA DOKIC: It wasn't too tough actually. I recover quickly, though. Physically it took me 
about a week or two to come back. You know, it was really good.

Q. Did you find yourself missing tennis at all?

JELENA DOKIC: I did, you know. I love to play. I missed competing and playing matches. It's 
tough to come back, though, after such a long break. I was glad I had the break, but then I 
was glad to come back again.

Q. You said you needed that time off. Did you feel mentally burned out after last year?

JELENA DOKIC: No, I wouldn't say I was burned out, but I think I would have been if I didn't 
take the break, I think physically and mentally. I think I needed it before it happened. You 
can't go on playing months and months and months without having any break. I think it's 

Q. Part of that was your choice, too?


Q. You played from the summer through the fall, almost every week. 

JELENA DOKIC: I did. You know, I played so well after US Open, I played a lot. I thought -- 
you know, I was doing well. It felt good to play that much. Then I took the break. I think it 
evened out a little bit.

Q. During those couple months off when you weren't playing, could you imagine not being a 
tennis player any more and doing something else?

JELENA DOKIC: I did. I almost thought I wasn't a tennis player any more (smiling). I didn't do 
anything. It was so weird not to have a racquet in my hand. On the other hand, felt really 
good. I did so many other things. You know, I didn't think about tennis at all. That's why I 
was glad to come back again.

Q. What other things were you doing? Sports? Reading?

JELENA DOKIC: I went to the mountains, I went skiing, I was on the beach after that. You know, 
I did everything - everything I wouldn't do when I play and when I'm on the tour. 

Q. So then you come back out in February. What are you thinking about, things you need to do 
this year, a couple of your goals?

JELENA DOKIC: I think my goal is to try and play as well as -- as well as I did last year, 
because I had a very good year last year. You know, it's going to be very tough to stay where 
I got to, Top 10. My goal is to get into the Top 5. But I think you see so many players 
getting to the Top 10 or Top 5 and then dropping back really quickly. My goal is not to let 
that happen. You know, I had a good start to the year. I beat Monica, who I haven't beaten in 
so many times we've played. But I think my goal is just to play well and keep improving on 
some of the things that I need to work on.

Q. What is it going to take to get up to that level? 

JELENA DOKIC: I think my game just needs to be consistent. I need to work on my serve a little 
bit. I think it's gotten a little bit better. But other than that, I think I've gotten a lot 
stronger physically and mentally last year. I think that was an important step for me last 
year. That's what I was missing the few years before that. I think I'm a lot more mature now 
than when I came on the tour at 14. I think that makes a big difference.

Q. How much does it take to get used to the travel schedule? You played so much last year. 

JELENA DOKIC: I think I've gotten used to it a little bit. We have such a long schedule. 
There's not really that much time that you can take off. There's not a big difference in the 
rankings either, so you've got to try and play as much as you can but have a break also. 
You've just got to -- I've tried to work on my schedule really hard to try to see where I can 
have some time off and where I really need to play.

Q. How much better now do you understand on-court strategy than, say, a couple years ago?

JELENA DOKIC: Oh, I think I'm a lot better. You know, like I said, mentally and physically, 
I've had a big improvement last year. I think that's really helped my game to get from, you 
know, Top 30 to Top 10. It makes a huge difference. I think, you know, I have a lot more 
experience now. I'm just doing things a lot more professionally on court now. 

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The interview article quoted from the Pacific Life Open 2002 official website.