Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

The Championships 2002
Wimbledon, Great Britain
26 June, 2002
The Championships, Wimbledon 2002: Official Site by IBM - Players


   Jelena Dokic

   Day 3, Jelena Dokic
     Wednesday, June 26, 2002

   J. DOKIC/K. Hrdlickova, 6-0, 4-6, 8-6

   MODERATOR: Jelena for you. 

   Q. At the start of that match, it didn't look as though you were 
   going to be struggling the way you did. How do you explain the way 
   the match fluctuated so much?

   JELENA DOKIC: I had a good first set, but I made a few mistakes in 
   the first game of the second on my serve and I lost my serve. I 
   think that's where things turned around. And she kept on getting 
   better and better, and I was getting too defensive. I was too tight 
   and too nervous. You know, when you lose the second set, no matter 
   how good you played in the first, you know, you're even. You know, 
   it was difficult, and the court wasn't great. She's not easy to 
   play. She hits the ball very flat. You know, when you get in a third 
   set, you know, it's not easy to play her. And I lost to her before. 
   So, you know, I had to try to find a way to get back. You have to 
   try to win when you're not playing well. 

   Q. At one point you were two points away from defeat. Did you think 
   you may lose at that stage?

   JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, definitely. When I got broken at 5-All, I was 
   really mentally down because I had so many chances in the third set 
   to get up 3-Love. But she played three, four very bad points there, 
   so I was lucky there. You know, after that I was on top again. 

   Q. Do you know why you were so nervous, so tight?

   JELENA DOKIC: No. I mean, I played a good first set. It was quick. 
   So I thought maybe I would win a little bit easier. But she got 
   better. She isn't easy to play against. I don't know. When you get 
   into a situation when it's a third set in a Grand Slam, you know 
   you're supposed to win, you know, it's not so easy.

   Q. It's been quite a dramatic day in terms of big players going out. 
   Is this sort of a warning to not only yourself but other female 

   JELENA DOKIC: I think it's always a warning the last few years in 
   the Grand Slams, in the tournaments. I think the matches are getting 
   so much tougher. You know, you always have to be awake. There's no 
   easy matches. There's no 6-Love, 6-Love or 6-1, 6-1. You know, it 
   doesn't exist anymore. So you have to be ready early on. There's so 
   many good players. You know, I think for me, I mean, being two 
   points away from losing, and coming back, I'm just glad that I won 
   the match. You know, I actually thought I lost already pretty much. 
   So, I mean, it's not a good thing to say, but, you know, it's not 

   Q. You've been on the other side when you've just been 
   up-and-coming, no one had ever heard of you, you managed to pull off 
   some good wins. How does it feel when you're someone who came so 
   close but has failed?

   JELENA DOKIC: You know, it's tough when you're supposed to win 
   because the pressure's on you. And when you have some players that 
   just go out and, you know, hit, you know, don't worry about 
   anything, then it's not so easy. But then sometimes you feel like 
   you have the edge over them because you're supposed to win. So 
   there's both sides. You know, I've been in situations where I wasn't 
   supposed to win, and I've been in situations where I'm supposed to 
   win. So I've had both. It's just very mental. Tennis is very mental. 
   So you have to get over that and try to go out there and play. 

   Q. What was it about the court that you didn't think was very good?

   JELENA DOKIC: It was very slippery. I haven't played on a grass 
   court like that at Wimbledon. I've played a few matches here, but it 
   was very slippery. The grass, it wasn't so good. Maybe from the 
   men's match before, I don't know. But I've never seen it that way 

   Q. How highly do you rate your prospects here, bearing in mind you 
   have Jennifer and Serena in your section of the draw? Do you think 
   you can do any damage here?

   JELENA DOKIC: I'm not worried about that. I'm just going a match at 
   a time. You know, the next one's important for me. I've done well 
   here, so, you know, as a seed, you know, I'm supposed to be in the 
   quarters at least. So it's a long way to go still. I'm just going a 
   match at a time. You know, see how well I can do. 

   Q. Since you moved from Australia to Saddle Brook and possibly 
   Belgrade, do you feel more comfortable with your lifestyle? Is that 
   one of the reasons why you've reached the No. 7 in the world now?

   JELENA DOKIC: Definitely. I think I'm a different person. I mean, my 
   life has turned around and changed a lot since then. You know, I'm 
   glad I did what I did. I don't regret anything. And I'm a much 
   better person. I'm a lot happier. The last year and a half, you 
   know, have been amazing, and I've done well, and I'm happy.

   Q. Will we see you back in Australia for the Australian Open?

   JELENA DOKIC: I don't think so.

   Q. Any reason for that? It is a Grand Slam. 

   JELENA DOKIC: It is. I've stated my reasons already for that. Right 
   now, you know, I don't feel like I'm going to go back. I don't want 
   to go back at this stage. You know, I doubt things would change, but 
   you never know. 

   Q. The tennis is all quite consuming. It's fairly full on once it 
   starts here. How do you relax the times when you're not practicing?

   JELENA DOKIC: Well, Grand Slams, you know, you play a lot, 
   especially when you're in all of the events. I've tried to cut back 
   and not play doubles or mixed or anything. I think the schedule's 
   very full right now. Whether it's a Grand Slam or any other 
   tournaments, there's a lot of tennis to be played. I think mentally 
   and physically, you burn out quickly. I've tried to just play 
   singles. You know, on my days off, just try and, you know, see 
   tennis as less as possible, just go and do other things. Otherwise, 
   you know, I'll be out of here in two, three years. So I don't want 

   Q. Do you watch TV, go out?

   JELENA DOKIC: I mean, you go to movies. You just try and go and do 
   other things, try not to be at the tennis courts all the time.

   Q. Dad hasn't been on the tour very much this year. Do you still 
   call him your coach? Is he the biggest influence in your life both 
   on and off the court?

   JELENA DOKIC: He has always been an influence to me, you know, a 
   huge one on and off the court. You know, I wouldn't have got here 
   without him, and I have everything to thank him for. You know, I 
   love him the way he is. You know, if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't 
   be where I am. So, you know, he hasn't been traveling that much in 
   the last year or so. He has other things that he's doing. But, you 
   know, he's still my dad and my coach and everything. He always has 
   been and he always will be.

   Q. Are you going to stay at Saddle Brook permanently and use 
   Belgrade as a European base?

   JELENA DOKIC: No, we've moved to Yugoslavia completely.

   Q. You're out of Saddle Brook now?


   Q. You're obviously very happy about that?

   JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, definitely. You know, we thought about that a 
   lot, and I've always wanted to go back. That's where I'm from. I'm 
   happy with that decision. You know, I love being over there. Like I 
   said, you know, I wouldn't have -- you know, we wouldn't have moved 
   and made the decision if, you know, we weren't a hundred percent 
   sure. So I love being over there. I love everything about it. You 
   know, I think it's showed in my tennis, too.

   Q. Is your father here this week?


The interview article quoted from the Official Site of The Championships 2002, Wimbledon.