Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews and Articles

"Dokic ready to step right in"
New Haven Register, CT, USA
21st August, 2002

Pilot Pen Tennis 2002 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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New Haven Register  

            Pilot Pen Tennis

            Dokic ready to step right in

                  Mike Pucci, Register Staff
                  August 21, 2002

            NEW HAVEN — Jelena Dokic is ready to play in the Pilot Pen Tennis 
            tournament.
            After withdrawing from the Rogers AT&T Cup in Montreal during a 
            semifinal match with a hamstring injury against Jennifer Capriati on 
            Saturday, Dokic's status to play in New Haven this week was in limbo.

            However, on Tuesday, Dokic confirmed she's healthy enough to play in 
            today's first-round match against Switzerland's Patty Schnyder.

            "I feel fine. I'm better than expected," said Dokic, who is ranked 
            fifth in the world. "It's been getting better every day."

            The third-seeded Dokic, who is the last seeded player to play a 
            first-round match, had an extra day off to prepare.

            "I haven't been doing much since I got here," Dokic said. "Just 
            resting my hamstring and hoping it doesn't fail me again."

            With the U.S. Open less than a week away, Dokic thought about not 
            competing this week.

            "I would have liked to (not have played). It would've been nice for 
            some time off before the U.S. Open," Dokic said.

            This is the fourth straight tournament Dokic has played in and she's 
            also scheduled for a tournament in Bahia, Brazil, a week after the 
            Open.

            "Every week I've been playing a lot. Also doubles. I think I didn't 
            expect to play so much tennis like I did in the last few weeks," 
            Dokic said. 

            Dokic, along with doubles partner Kim Clijsters, won at the Chase 
            Open in Los Angeles in the first week of August.

            "I haven't really played doubles all year, so I thought I'll play a 
            couple of matches," Dokic said. "But it hasn't let me take a break."

            Dokic feels she's a contender this week, but her main focus isn't on 
            winning.

            "I'm not so concentrated about tennis right now," Dokic said. "I'm 
            just taking one match at a time and going out there trying to play 
            well rather than trying to win."

            Although Dokic said she isn't thinking ahead to next week, playing 
            in New York has been on her mind since the injury.

            "My goal is to be fit enough for the U.S. Open," Dokic said. 


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"Damir looms large as Dokic left in tears"
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia (Los Angeles Times, USA)
21st August, 2002

JP Morgan Chase Open 2002 in Manhattan Beach, California, USA
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Damir looms large as Dokic left in tears 

August 21 2002 

One of the sadder sights of the hardcourt campaign in southern California was 
seen on a chilly Saturday night at Manhattan Beach, the eve of the final between 
Chanda Rubin and Lindsay Davenport. 

It had nothing to do with forehands landing long and wide, or double faults.
This unfolded off the court, in the weights room at Manhattan Country Club a few 
hours after Jelena Dokic had turned in a sorry performance in the semi-finals, 
losing to Rubin 6-0 6-2 in 41 minutes.

Why had Dokic, the No4-ranked women's player, slipped into "semi-tank mode", as 
Rubin put it? 

Dokic only heightened the intrigue when she sent word through the WTA public 
relations staff that she had been ill against Rubin - then went out later that 
evening to play doubles with Kim Clijsters. And they won.

Afterwards, Dokic still had a mandatory media requirement, which she fulfilled 
in the weights room, talking to two reporters. She talked about feeling poorly 
against Rubin because of a stomach virus, saying it had hurt her feelings to 
hear booing from the crowd. Dokic smiled ruefully when reminded that the doubles 
victory meant another match, in the final on Sunday.

"Lucky me," she said. 

What really happened that Saturday?

ESPN commentators Pam Shriver and Mary Joe Fernandez said Dokic had been seen 
crying shortly before her match against Rubin. A courtside spectator, Mike 
Reuben of Anaheim Hills, said in an interview he'd seen Dokic talking on a 
mobile phone just before the semi-final, near the weights room, visibly upset. 
He said she handed the phone to tournament officials, telling them to have her 
mother call her father. 

Apparently, it all comes back to Dokic's controversial father and coach, Damir, 
who had been, it seemed, safely off the scene, staying at home in Belgrade, 
Yugoslavia.

This answers some questions but raises others. Did this have something to do 
with Damir's recently hatched plan to move from Belgrade to England? Or with 
speculation that Damir is unhappy about Jelena's new relationship with Brazilian 
racing driver Enrique Bernoldi? Or had Damir taken ill? 

We may never find out what happened. Dokic has always publicly supported her 
father, dating back to his outlandish drunken behaviour in Birmingham, England, 
in 1999 and Wimbledon in 2000.

But the Manhattan Beach episode was different. Dokic usually keeps her head when 
all is chaos, sometimes playing her best tennis when the crisis is most severe. 
This time, she simply couldn't do that.

It was unsettling to see the talented 19-year-old unable to function on the 
court, usually her safe harbour.

But it should be known - particularly by paying fans - that there is more to her 
story than forehands and backhands. There is some reason Dokic plays more 
matches than most other top female players - she is 45-17 in 2002, and has been 
playing non-stop since Palo Alto last month. 

If Dokic plays this week, as scheduled, at New Haven, Connecticut, it will be 
her fifth consecutive tournament. These should be the best days for Dokic, who 
reached a career-high No4 ranking on Monday. 

But clearly, something isn't right. And so, the unhappiest fourth-ranked player 
you'll ever see keeps on going week after week, retiring from about one-fifth of 
her matches and finishing others under dubious circumstances.


Los Angeles Times


      Copyright  © 2002. The Sydney Morning Herald.

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"Dokic's coach is tired of tennis"
Sport.telegraph.co.uk, UK
22nd August, 2002

Pilot Pen Tennis 2002 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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      Thursday 22 August 2002


      Dokic's coach is tired of tennis
      By Barry Wood in New Haven, Conn  (Filed: 22/08/2002) 


      The unsettled world of Jelena Dokic has taken another bizarre turn.
      First, she returns from Australia to Yugoslavia following constant rows 
      with tennis officials and media there. Then there are threats by her 
      father, Damir, to uproot the family again and move to Britain after 
      clashes with authorities in Belgrade concerning the building of a mansion 
      and tennis academy. Now Dokic has revealed that she is being coached by 
      someone who refuses to talk about tennis.

      The coach is, unsurprisingly, her father. Although, like several 
      top-ranked women players, Jelena feels most comfortable being coached by a 
      parent, Damir is now reluctant to travel, having previously been banned 
      from tournaments on the WTA Tour.

      "He's been to a few tournaments but he doesn't want to travel as much," 
      said Dokic at the Pilot Pen event. "I always have problems with tennis and 
      go to him and he tells me what to think about, but now there are questions 
      I want answered and he doesn't want to talk about tennis so much any more. 
      He says he's done enough in my career and he's taken a step back a little 
      bit. We still talk every day and I ask him a lot more about tennis than he 
      wants to tell me."

      Venus Williams, still coached by both parents, began the defence of her 
      title by beating Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2 6-4, but she was fortunate to win 
      the second set. Shaughnessy broke to lead 3-2 but was unable to hold serve 
      from 40-0 in the next game, and she also held two break points to lead 5-4 
      and serve for the set.

      There were similarities in the way Alexandra Stevenson wasted 
      opportunities as Martina Hingis also reached the quarter-finals. Both 
      players' coaching mothers were present as Hingis won 7-5, 6-4.

      Her fourth break point gave Stevenson a 5-4 lead, and she hit what she 
      thought was an ace on set point and began walking to her chair, only for a 
      fault to be called. She lost that game, and the next two to concede the 
      set. In the second set she twice recovered a break of serve, only to 
      double-fault on match point.


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