Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Swisscom Challenge 2002
14 October, 2002
J. Dokic / I. Majoli, 6-1, 6-4
SWISSCOM CHALLENGE - AVAILABLE INTERVIEWS WITH PLAYERS
Seemingly happy with her first round performance against Iva Majoli
was Jelena Dokic when she was interviewed my the media.
(14 October 2002, English)
Interview with Jelena Dokic (14 October 2002)
This is your best performance for a few weeks, yea?
Yea, definitely. I was happy today, I actually won. Yea, Iíve been a
little bit tired, so I maybe shouldnít have played as much as I did,
but itís the end of the year and, you know, I donít know, I havenít
been playing my best tennis the last few weeks, but I was happy with
Why do you play as much as you do?
Really, I donít know, Iím not going to next year. Iím going to cut
my schedule by a lot next year. Iím really starting to feel it this
year. The schedule is getting longer and tougher and the matches
too, and sometimes I play doubles also, so I donít think itís so
good to do that, and I will definitely cut down the tournaments
because I think also my performance goes down and you know, Iím not
ready for the big tournaments.
You got off to a great start, didnít give her much chance to get
into the match in the first set, did you?
Yea, I played a good first set, and then she started to serve a
little bit better and it was a little bit hard to break her, but
overall I was happy that I didnít let her come back and that I won
in straight sets.
Do you put the last weeks down to just playing too much tennis, or
is there also another attitude - as you go up, there is a step back
No, I have been very tired, I think it is just a matter of playing
too much. Like I said, I really feel it the last few months, since
the US Open especially. I think thatís it, and I havenít really had
a really big break which I should have done during the year
somewhere. But, you know, it is something to learn from and not to
do next year.
Is it mental as much as physical?
Yea, I think itís more mental. Itís more mental than physical I
think, because I think mentally Iím really drained. And you know
physically Iím not too bad, but I could be better, but I think
mentally more than anything.
You said in the year you had a few ? here and there physically. Did
you seem to have put that all behind you?
Yea, itís fine now. You know, again I am not as strong physically as
I probably would like to be, so hopefully the injuries wonít come
back, and Iíll work on my strength later on this year, when I have a
break, and try and have an injury free next year, hopefully.
Fortunately you have your father, your agent guiding you. Have they
advised you not to play this much?
Yea, we said we were just going to play this year through, like I
did last year. You know, like I said, I chose to play this many
tournaments last year and this year, which was a mistake, I think.
But you know, I will change that next year and, you know, really
focus on the bigger tournaments and not play so many. I played a lot
of not really important tournaments so I will cut those down.
Last year it was not so bad, because you won so many points with
winning two tournaments, reaching two finals?
Yea, but when you do it two years straight, I think you know, later
on it comes down to really feeling it now physically and mentally
and you know playing 28, 29 tournaments, if you want to play, you
know, be in the top 5, top 10, itís impossible. So, you know,
especially if you do well and, you know, really itís impossible to
do and I have to cut it down.
This time next year you will in theory be eligible to play for
another country because itís three years since you played for
Australia. Have you made any application to play for anyone?
No, not really, I am happy the way it is right now, and you know, I
donít think Iíll be looking into playing for anyone at all, and you
know, I will just leave it like this.
So that means no to the Olympics in 2004.
Do you miss that element of playing for a team, things like Fed Cup,
Olympics and all those, do you?
Yea, a little but, but I think again if you want to play high level
tennis you cannot play Fed Cup also the weeks that you have off,
which is difficult, and you know itís nice to play team events with
a team and itís a different feeling because you never have that
throughout the whole year, but you know its, tennis is individual.
At the end of the day its just by yourself and itís, you know,
youíre alone on the court, so I donít miss it too much - a little
bit, but even if I did play, thereís only a few weeks a year.
What do you think about players who only play like 12 to 14
tournaments a year, like Serena?
If you do as well as she does, when you lose two matches a year, I
think itís OK. I would do the same. Um, but you know I think 18 or
19, 20, would be all right, but she does so well and I donít think
she has the need to play any more, and you know, I am sure she gets
tired too, she plays a lot of matches so, you know, itís up to her.
Would you advocate perhaps the schedule being pruned a bit in the
future, being cut down a bit?
Maybe a little bit, itís a very long season. And there are so many
Tier II and Tier I tournaments that are very big and you really
donít know which ones to cut out and which ones not to play, so itís
a difficult decision. But you know we need the - I think its good to
have as many tournaments in one way, but in the other not, I mean,
itís just up to the players who wants to play what. But I think if
you have a lot of tournaments in a row I think youíre going to see
players pulling out a lot and not having such a strong draw, because
you have so many tournaments and not everyone can play.
Two years ago they moved the championships forward two weeks, so
that youíve got two months off at the end of the year. Is that
enough, or has it made you play perhaps more tournaments?
They moved it one week back this year, which I really donít like, I
donít think itís good, I think players who are getting ready for
next year donít have much time. And I know Iíll be taking a long
break after that. And you have to come back to training eventually,
and itís not too much time left. So maybe they should cut it back by
maybe 3 or 4 weeks and I donít know, change something. But you know
we go from January to the middle of November, thereís really not
much to, you know, no time free at all.
So youíll be missing the Australian circuit.
What do you do with all your frequent flier miles? You must have
more than anybody.
I do, I have a lot. I use a little bit but not too much. Iím going
to look into using some more now. But Iím really getting up there, I
think I have the most right now.
What about this tournament? Does it stand out in your schedule, or
is this like one that maybe youíre thinking about leaving out?
I donít know, itís a Tier I and I would probably look at cutting out
Tier IIs before cutting down Tier Is, and I would probably play this
one because it is so close to the Championships, and if I get into
the Championships every year, I would want to play this one, play a
few tournaments before. But not as many indoors as I played this
You played well tonight but youíve got to come out in two days
against Ai Sugiyama or Stevenson. Are you worried that youíre still
going to be mentally drained for that?
No, I think Iím getting better. I think maybe losing a few weeks now
early helped me. I played a few doubles matches so itís more
relaxing. And I feel much better this week than I did last week, and
you know, I think today helped me a lot to sort of come back a
little bit. And I always think about only a few weeks left, so Iím
Is Majoli still considered, since sheís a former French Open
Champion, still considered a top player, is she somebody you really
get up for?
Yes, she can be very tough, I lost to her a few times, but I beat
her the last few, so she can be dangerous if she plays well. You
know, she won a Tier I this year, and you never know, I mean she was
at the top for a long time and she did very well. You know, she
probably hasnít doneÖ you know, sheís in the top whatever, 30, but I
mean still, you have to be careful against her, and she can be
dangerous if she plays well.
The interview article quoted from Swisscom Challenge 2002 Official Website.