Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
The Championships 2002
Wimbledon, Great Britain
28 June, 2002
The Championships, Wimbledon 2002: Official Site by IBM - Players
Day 5, Jelena Dokic
Friday, June 28, 2002
J. DOKIC/N. Dechy, 7-5, 6-2
Q. Do you think you need to be slightly more ruthless out there?
JELENA DOKIC: It's a difficult match. She's not easy to play
against. She played well in the first set to come back. You know,
every time I had a set point, she got a let cord. I couldn't do much
You know, she played well to come back. After 5-All, I lifted my
game up a little bit more. I was a lot happier today than the other
Q. Is it a matter of mental toughness when you're down nine set
points and you can't put her away?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, it was difficult, because I knew I had chances.
But on some of them she got let cords and she played some good
points. When you get to 5-All, I was a little bit down, which is
normal, because I had 5-2.
You know, it was important to win my serve there and then I broke
her. You know, I was back on top again.
You know, I was actually happy because I kept on playing. Even
though I knew I should have won that first set easier, sometimes
that can get you down and can you lose that set. But I was happy
with the way I handled it.
Q. Your gradual improvement in the three games, where do you think
you're at after three matches?
JELENA DOKIC: It's not bad. I'm not playing bad. I'm happy. I've
gotten better with every match. Today was a tougher one for me, so
to win it in straight sets is great. You know, hopefully I can keep
Q. You must be happy that you've got two of the most attractive
girls on the circuit coming up in the next match, yourself and
Daniela Hantuchova. How do you see that as the glamour match of the
JELENA DOKIC: Well, I mean, we're out there to play tennis.
Everything else, you know, is a bonus. You know, if someone thinks
you look good, that's great. But I think the main thing is, you
know, we're not out there -- we're both going to go out there and
compete and try to beat each other, so...
All the rest, if you can be attractive and look good and people
think that, that's great.
Q. Were you happy to be on Centre Court after being stuck on the
outside courts and having a few problems? You said the other day the
court was a bit slippery.
JELENA DOKIC: I've had good courts. Court 2 or Court 3 I played on
the first match, Court 18. They're all show courts. I was actually
surprised that I was on Centre Court. You know, but I've done well
here, so it was good to be back on Centre. It's a great court.
Q. How did it play?
JELENA DOKIC: It was great.
Q. Are you representing yourself now without a management group? How
is that going for you?
JELENA DOKIC: My dad is doing all that. I am in a legal situation
right now with Octagon in court. But my dad is handling everything.
Q. What were your reasons for leaving Octagon?
JELENA DOKIC: You would have to talk to my dad about that. There
were a lot of problems I had with a lot of people, so it's just to
do it the legal way.
Q. With your dad not at tournaments now, who is, shall we say,
coaching you? Is it important to have a strategy going into matches?
Who is doing that with you now?
JELENA DOKIC: I worked a lot with my dad. So even when he's not
here, you know, I talk to him during the day a lot. I know what I
have to do. I've gotten used to that. But I know a lot of the
players, and so does he. So we talk about matches and what I have to
do. It's been good the way it is right now.
Q. Are there any particular players that you like to practice with
or talk to?
JELENA DOKIC: Not really. I practice with a lot of players. You
know, you have to get used to that. A lot of practice sessions, so
you practice with everyone.
Q. Going back on coaches, in your formative years, your seven years
in Australia, you had some of the best down there, Barry, Tony and
Wally. How much do you think you owe to them to where you are now as
the No. 7 player in the world?
JELENA DOKIC: You know, I've had a lot of coaches.
Q. Those were three of the best.
JELENA DOKIC: I'm going to judge that, not you. You know, I had a
lot of help from them. I'm not saying I didn't. It was great while
it lasted. You know, it helped me. I'm not saying it didn't. I got a
lot of help from them. I learned a lot, especially the last coach
that I had, Tony.
You know, I made a lot of improvement there.
Q. Would you give yourself the edge over Hantuchova on grass?
JELENA DOKIC: You know she hits hard. She has a good serve. But I
think if I'm fit, if I play well, I give myself a good chance. Just
depending, you know, she can be hot and cold. She can be up and
down. You just have to take advantage of that.
I just have to keep the ball in play and see what happens.
Q. How important is it for you at this tournament now to step up to
another level, maybe push onto the semis or beat one of the Top 5
players or even get to the final?
JELENA DOKIC: Next match is important for me to get through, and
I'll be very happy if I get through it and get to the quarters, and
then I'll look forward.
But I think the next one, you know, is very important for me. I
think if I play well, I have a good chance to win. I really want to
win the next match, so I'm just focusing on that.
Q. There's been reports linking you to the Formula 1 racing driver
Enrique Benoldi. Any truth in those?
JELENA DOKIC: If I wasn't a tennis player, you wouldn't be talking
to me right now. So why don't you think of a question that is your
business, and you can ask me that.
Q. Who is over here with you, Savo?
JELENA DOKIC: No. He's home with my dad.
Q. Your mom?
JELENA DOKIC: And my fitness trainer.
Q. What's his name?
JELENA DOKIC: Mike.
Q. Is that sort of the price of fame, those kind of questions?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. I mean, you have to get used to that. You know,
as a tennis player, you do a lot of media, a lot of questions get
thrown at you, but that's normal and you have to deal with that.
I've dealt with a lot of that already. You know, it's normal,
especially if you get to be in the Top 10 or Top 5, that's what
happens. You know, you have to get used to answering those
Q. With the respect and the love that you have for your father, are
we likely to see him back on tour sooner rather than later?
JELENA DOKIC: I think so, yeah. He has some other things that he's
doing right now, so I think, you know, it would be up to him. I'm
sure he will travel again, no doubt about that. You know, I'm sure
you'll see him back.
Q. John McEnroe said in his book that you have to be a little bit
selfish in order to be a champion, in order to survive on the tour.
How do you feel about that?
JELENA DOKIC: That's true. I think tennis is very competitive right
now. We're competing for a lot out there. You know, it's a lot more
than selfish that you have to be. You know, it's tough to survive.
Everyone wants to beat everyone. So, I mean, I would agree with that.
Q. Do you feel like you have to be that way both in your job and off
the court? Does it transfer over?
JELENA DOKIC: No. I think when you're on the court, that's
different. Off the court -- I'm a different person from on the court
and off the court. You know, you just have to change your mind, the
way you think - on the court, be aggressive, you know, or serious,
But, you know, I don't think -- you know, some people are like that
off the court, as well. But I don't think I'm like that. As long as
you can do it on the court...
Q. Compared to the more physically stronger players to yourself,
Capriati and Williams, what do you think is the key to beating these
types of players?
JELENA DOKIC: I think Martina is a perfect example. You know, she
didn't have the power. But you have to try -- you know, players that
don't have power have something else. They've dominated the tennis
the last couple years, and tennis really has gotten a lot stronger
I think a lot of players have gotten physically stronger, too. You
know, it's hard to play against them, but you just have to go out
there and, you know, chase every ball, you know, hope that you have
a good day. You know, we've seen players upset them. You know,
there's not much you can do. You just have to hang in there.
Q. Do you think that parents tend to be underrated as coaches? If
you look at yourself, Venus, Serena, Jennifer, Martina, you all have
parents as coaches. Do you think people tend to think a formal coach
has to be brought in?
JELENA DOKIC: No, I'm definitely a person that agrees, you know,
parents are definitely underestimated. You know, you have -- out of
the Top 10, you have so many players that are coached by their
parents. You have so many top players that would be following their
daughters and sons not even in tennis. So I think that has nothing
to do with that.
I think we've seen a lot of examples where parents have been
coaches. I think Venus and Serena are a perfect example. They're No.
1 and 2 in the world. No one can complain.
Q. Do you think tennis academies are overrated? Do you think that's
not necessary to get ahead?
JELENA DOKIC: Sometimes it is. But I think maybe, you know, just
depends on the individual. But I think last, you know, five years or
so, we've seen a lot of parents come into the picture. So I wouldn't
say that coaches and academies are exactly the perfect thing to be a
Q. Was there any specific reason of going the full circle from where
you are now in Belgrade to Sydney to Wesley Chapel and then back
again? It's a checkerboard move.
JELENA DOKIC: Well, you never know what's going to happen tomorrow.
So I had some decisions to make. You know, I didn't have an easy
situation. So I think, you know, I had to go a day at a time. That's
what I did.
You know, going to Australia and then to America and then back home,
I had to do that, and I had no other choice at the time. And I'm
happy, you know, with the way everything worked out.
You know, I couldn't change that. You know, those are the decisions
I had to make. You know, I don't regret them. But, you know, it's
not like I planned it 10 years ahead. I just went a day at a time.
The interview article quoted from the Official Site of The Championships 2002, Wimbledon.