Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

Telecom Italia Masters 2003 (Italian Open)
Parco del Foro Italico in Rome, Italy
12 May, 2003

C. Martinez / J. Dokic (9), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
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May 12, 2003
C. MARTINEZ/J. Dokic 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

An interview with: JELENA DOKIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please. 

Q. Would you say that you're more distracted than usual now and that might 
account for some of your tennis? 

JELENA DOKIC: No, I'm not distracted at all. No, I think I'm pretty calm. I 
think I just, you know, I'm just having not such a good year like I had the last 
few years. That's all.

Q. Do you think today that you lost this match or she won this match?

JELENA DOKIC: I lost the match. 

Q. Can you develop this subject and tell us more, why did you think you lost? 
What do you make as a mistake? 

JELENA DOKIC: She didn't do very much. Honest, I don't think she's ever played 
worse against me. I mean, we've played like 15 times. I think this is the worst 
she's played. I think this is the worst that I've played, too. I mean, I had 
chances, but I was playing up and down. I would play two good games, three bad 
games, and it would just go on and on. I was basically playing against myself, 
not against her. And I don't think she did two or three winners in the whole 
match. It was just my errors, basically. 

Q. Do you find any reason for that - I mean, because you didn't practice enough, 
you've been late? 

JELENA DOKIC: No, it's been like this the whole year. I've had some close 
matches, but I've lost. You know, I'm just not having a good few months, I 
guess. And, you know, I'm just struggling against myself a little bit and that's 
why I'm losing matches. 

Q. Are you living in the US now? 

JELENA DOKIC: No, in Monaco. 

Q. Your coach is...

JELENA DOKIC: Heinz Gunthardt.

Q. Are you less confident now than you used to be, do you think? Is that the 

JELENA DOKIC: Little bit. I mean, I'm not having a great year, I've had some 
losses, so my confidence is a little bit down. But, you know, I just have to 
continue working. I mean, it's normal. You cannot play 10 years of your career 
well every year. So I think eventually it had to come and, you know, we'll see. 
I mean, hopefully I'll get out of it quick. 

Q. Are the problems connected to your Australian period and then ...

JELENA DOKIC: No, they are not connected to anything. Like I answered already, 
there's no, you know -- I don't put my things that are off the court into my 
tennis. I never did. And, you know, I don't think -- I mean, I don't think 
things off the court, whether you have problems or not, you know, distractions, 
I mean, this has never gone on to my tennis and reflected in my tennis. 

Q. What is Heinz doing, if anything, to your game since you started to work with 

JELENA DOKIC: He's working on everything. You know, I have good practices. I do 
all the things that -- you know, he's changed some things. But I can't seem to 
get it together in matches. I think mentally I'm not like I was before. And then 
it's hard to do things that you do in practice. You know, I think I'm a better 
player than I was before, but it's not exactly showing on the court so... 

Q. What's changed for you mentally that's making you not the same player you 
were a year or two ago? 

JELENA DOKIC: I don't think that anything's changed. Like I said, I think it's 
normal that you have a bad maybe even a whole year. I mean, we've seen that. 
Players have lapses, you go up and down. I mean, I don't think it's such a big 
deal. I've had -- I've gone up to No. 4 in the world, but in two years. So, I 
mean, if I have a bad few months or a year, you know, I'm not gonna -- you know, 
I'm not gonna cry about it all day and all night. It's something that happens. 
And, you know, the quicker I get out of it, the better, you know? It's just not 
easy to play sometimes. I mean, it's not always that you're gonna be in the best 
form and peaking every year. I've played a lot of tennis the last few years, so 
I think eventually it gets to you a little bit.

Q. What are you going to do from now to Paris, just practicing or...? 

JELENA DOKIC: Practice, go shopping, you know. That's all. Maybe have some days 
off before. Try just not to worry about things too much and, you know... Not 

Q. What has been the major difference between being coached by someone who is 
also your father and someone else who has been a former champion, a former coach 
of Steffi Graf? 

JELENA DOKIC: I think it's different when you're getting coached by someone 
who's in your family, first of all. I think it's a completely different 
relationship. You know that person in different ways, and he's there all the 
time and always has been. You know, this is just -- and to be coached by someone 
else is different, you know. You don't know that person so well at the 
beginning, then you get to know them, how they work. I think Heinz does 
different things, you know...

Q. Like what?

JELENA DOKIC: I mean, he's played. He does everything different. His practices 
are intense, you can hit with him - you know, everything. And he makes me work a 
lot and asks for a lot, which is good. He wants discipline. He's like this, so 
.... But it's been interesting to see, you know, just how everything works, 
because I've had the same for my whole career. So now is a little bit different. 
I've had to get used to some things. Just a different person now doing 

Q. Do you think by skipping Australia these last few years that maybe you've 
been trying to cram all of your season into the rest of the year, and maybe that 
actually playing Australia and then calmly going back might help your game? 

JELENA DOKIC: Maybe. You know, then I would have less time off at the end of the 
year, and it's a long trip to go to Australia and then come back. So, you know, 
maybe it's something -- it just depends. It's up to the individual. I've played 
Australia for the few years before that and, you know, I found it was a lot of 
traveling to go there, come back. And it was not enough time in the end of the 
year to get ready, because I play quite a few tournaments during the year 
anyway. So you need to have the extra month off at the beginning, works well. 
But it's something I will look at eventually. 

Q. Would you and Heinz talk about that and maybe you'd accept his suggestion 
that possibly it might be a good idea?

JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, we'll talk about it when it gets to that. We'll see. I think 
he's trying to work on my schedule and make it a little bit better. It was a 
little bit different this year because I'm not doing that great so I'm not 
playing that many matches, so I can kind of keep on playing every week. I mean, 
if you're out by Monday, you don't have very much to do until the next 
tournament, so I can pretty much play. But I think he wanted to look at my 
schedule and change a lot of things also. 

Q. Of course your priorities, now that you are two years older than when you won 
here in Rome, they have changed or they are always the same? You like always the 
same kind of things since when you were 19 or...? 

JELENA DOKIC: No, I think you grow up and you mature a little bit. I mean, 
tennis is something that, obviously, I do every day and every week in the year. 
You know, that has not changed. But other than that, I mean, I live the same 
life pretty much, you know. I like the same things. I think I've just gotten 
older and more mature, and just a big difference from two years ago. I think I 
was a kid here two years ago, and, yeah, now I think I'm just more mature.

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May 12, 2003
C. MARTINEZ/J. Dokic 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

An interview with: CONCHITA MARTINEZ

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please. 

Q. Does it seem 10 years since you won the title here for the first time? 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: Well, I guess it's been a long time, yeah. I mean, time 
flies. I'm happy to be here again and playing some great tennis. That makes me 
happy. But, yeah, it's always nice to be in Rome, you know, where I had so much 
success here. 

Q. What did surprise you most today: The way you played or the way she played or 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: Well, the way I played and the way I could keep up with her 
physically, mentally. To tell you the truth, I wasn't practicing so well for the 
last couple weeks. I had a shoulder injury, and coming back was tough and so my 
confidence wasn't the best. But, you know, I just went out there and I guess 
played some of my good tennis. 

Q. Which goal and which dream do you still have at this stage of your career? 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: Well, my dream could be winning the French Open. That's a 
good dream. And goal, you know, I want to work hard. I mean, I'll just try and 
get to the Top 10 this year. I know it's gonna be very hard, but I'm gonna work 
hard for that. 

Q. When you see the way so many of the girls do play these days, they hit the 
ball so hard, you're sort of a very different player totally to them. Do you 
actually enjoy it more now, testing your own game against very strong hitters? 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: No. Actually, no, I don't enjoy it (smiling), because I have 
to run a lot because they hit side to side, and very hard from both sides, they 
play flat. Everybody wants to hit really hard these days. So, no, what I'm 
concentrating is to do my game the best that I can. I know, you know, these days 
there is not much variety in the game. But they all are very good players and 
they all are very fit these days, so it's hard to be motivated every day, you 
know, to play. 

Q. What was your reaction when Aranxta Sanchez decided to quit tennis? Were you 
somehow sorry? Did you think you had more attention from the Spanish papers? Did 
you change anything at all? 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: No, I totally, you know, respect her decision. Everybody 
makes their own decisions and she decided to quit and she had her own, you know 
- how you say - reasons. So I respect that. No, I don't get more attention or 
whatever. I just concentrate on playing. 

Q. You never thought to do the same? 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: No, I'm not ready yet, and I cannot tell you when I will be. 
Just I guess there is a day that comes and you say, "Okay, this is it. I can't 
do it anymore," so... But we'll see. I'm still, you know... And matches like 
this, beating Dokic today, gives me the strength to go on. 

Q. You played Serena, Kim and Jennifer this year. Is there much to choose 
between them? 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: What do you mean "much to choose"? 

Q. Is one more powerful than the other?

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: From the three? 

Q. Of the three. 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: Well, I think -- I don't know. Serena, you know, obviously 
everybody knows her strengths. I mean, she's got a much better serve than the 
other I think. Well, I wouldn't say she moves better, because the three of them 
move really well. So I don't know, maybe a little -- I mean, the ranking says 
it, no? Maybe a little bit more Serena, and then I think Clijsters is in a very 
good moment right now. I played the three of them and, you know, was very tough 
against the three of them. But they're hot right now. 

Q. Over the years did you change anything in your way of practicing, of 
preparing yourself? 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: You know, tennis right now forces you to be better prepared 
physically, so I'm traveling with a physical trainer and trying to keep myself 
in shape and better. So, you know, probably I'm more consistent on that and 
consistent on my diet, too, trying to have good choices and eat good things so I 
have good energy out there. And practicing, you know. I don't know, there's not 
much you can do at this stage, just try to do what you know to do to do the best 
you can. 

Q. If you would meet a Spanish kid and you would have to tell him your story, 
your career, where would you start from? Would you start saying, "I won 
Wimbledon, I won four times Rome"?

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: No, no. I would start from the beginning. I think it's very 
important that you talk to a kid from your experience at the beginning of your 
life, no? Basically, I mean, I would tell him I started when I was nine and how 
many times I play against the wall by myself and, you know, how hard it is to 
practice and all that and, you know, go on. I think my story is very long. I 
mean, we could go on and on and on. But I would start by where I was living, in 
this small town, and how I started. 

Q. And the best moments of your career? 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: Well, definitely winning Wimbledon, of course - Grand Slam, 
you can't beat that. That was an amazing win. After that, I was pretty hot for 
two, three more years where I won I think six tournaments each year and I was 
No. 2. So that was some happy times. 

Q. Did you watch the men's final? 


Q. What did you think? 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: Look, I got goose bumps right now. It was amazing. I'm very 
happy for Felix. I think it was great tennis, as much as I could see from the 
TV, you know. It always changes. But I think, you know, he was very strong and 
fighting and he deserved. 

Q. There is a reason why the Spanish men are more successful than Spanish women, 
except you and Sanchez, of course? 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: No, I couldn't tell you the reason. I mean, there is a very 
good system in Spain to, you know, to practice. 

Q. Just for men? 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: No, for men and women. I mean, the Federation, they have men 
and women. I don't know, I couldn't tell you. You know, I guess it goes through 
its stages, and I hope it changes - or no it changes, it changes for the women, 
of course - that we get some more women out there, motivated and, you know, some 
good players. I mean, we have good players, I mean, but we need a little bit 

Q. What do you expect from this tournament, now that you beat Dokic? 

CONCHITA MARTINEZ: I go round by round. Every tournament I play, I always 
concentrate and focus in the next match. I couldn't tell you who I had to play 
yet, because I don't know. So I just focus on the next round. 

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