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"Jelena Dokic: Will be Battling Hard for the Trophy"
The Official Site of Wismilak International (Indonesia)
19th August, 2003
Wismilak International 2003 - News & Press
August 19, 2003 8:18 AM
Jelena Dokic: Will be Battling Hard for the Trophy
Jelena Dokic has done many things in her career. But she
has never been to Bali, and she is eagerly looking
forward to finishing off business at the US Open,
jumping on a plane, and relaxing on the beach at the
Grand Hyatt before getting down to business at the
Wismilak International 2003.
It's not work I'm coming for. It's to play, she said,
but with her it is one and the same, of course. Playing
tennis matches, and playing them very well, is her work.
Relaxing? She'll do that too, but once the tournament
gets underway you can be absolutely certain that Jelena
will be battling hard for the trophy.
I've never been to Bali so it will be very exciting to
see. I've heard it's unbelievable and a lot of people go
there for their honeymoon and holidays. I'll be playing,
but hopefully I'll be able to get there early and rest
after the US Open. That will make me nice and fresh for
my matches at the Wismilak International, she said.
It is comparatively rare for players such as Jelena to
be able to conduct their business in such luxurious
surroundings. Often, they have to go to places they'd
rather not go to. Sometimes it's not much fun,
especially if you're stuck in a boring city in winter
and are virtually trapped in your hotel room.
It looks great, what we do, but sometimes it's not so
great, she said. There's a lot of travel and sometimes
the places are not as great as Bali, and you get tired
and you just see tennis courts and hotels and you live
basically out of your suitcase. But that is part of it,
the experience of being a tennis professional, and you
have to deal with that.
Jelena, you'll remember, pulled off one of the biggest
shocks in Wimbledon history when in 1999 she qualified
and then upset world number one and defending champion
Martina Hingis in the first round before going on to the
quarter-finals. The next year she did even better,
reaching the finals. Later, she went as high as four in
the world, but this year has been more of a struggle.
The reason was, she just loved playing and over-did it.
When she last played at the Wismilak International, in
Kuala Lumpur, she arrived in Malaysia after spending the
previous three weeks travelling from the United States
to Brazil, on to Japan and then back to Europe. No wonder
she was beaten in the first round. Now she's learned her
lesson, and she'll be rested when play begins on 8th
I've played a lot of matches the last two years. I've
done well, but maybe I got tired. But I've played less
matches this year and I'm starting to feel better the
last few months. It just happens. Sometimes you don't
play as well and your confidence goes a little bit and
then you're not so comfortable on the court. I think
that is what happened this year.
Jelena is a star, a truly world-class player who has
taken on the best and won. And she's still only 20. That
has often put her in the spotlight, and the antics of
her controversial father also focused the wrong kind of
attention on her. To her enormous credit, Jelena has
taken everything in her stride and shown a maturity far
beyond her years.
I've had to deal with a lot of things when I was young
and I dealt with it pretty well at the beginning. Now
it's got easier, she said. There is a lot of pressure
but you have to try and get past it. I think it's
basically up to the individual whether things get to
your head or not, and it depends what kind of people you
have around you and what they do to try to make you feel
better. I don't like to get frustrated, because you take
it out on the court and it's not a great thing. I have
good people around me now and I feel good.
Jelena is also recognised wherever she goes, and that
can be upsetting if you are ?off-duty? and just want a
quiet evening out. But, again, she shows she is a class
act by accepting the attention she receives.
I've dealt with being recognised for a while so now it
comes naturally, she said. I haven't thought about what
it would be like not having this attention. Sometimes it
would be nice not to be recognised, but it's part of
tennis. It's part of fame. It's normal if I go to a
restaurant and someone recognises me.
Sometimes there are a lot of people and it can be a
little bit too much. Maybe you're not in a good mood or
maybe you're talking about something else and people
come to you, but I try to be nice to them and I know
that if I was in their position I would want the same.
So if they want an autograph or see me and talk then
that's fine. I have no problem with that.
Jelena says she doesn't have any regrets about her
career, but you suspect she does miss not having had a
normal childhood. She was always having to practise,
and missed her last two years at school and that time
usually spent with friends.
I never had a normal life really, which I don't mind. I
knew this would come with it. I would like it if I
didn't have had to train, maybe, and could have gone to
school. I went to school, but tennis was more a
priority. I had to travel more and more and I had to
finish the last two years at home school. I would like
to have more time for friends at school that I couldn't
have. Just to have normal days when I didn't have to
talk about tennis.
But Jelena has gained far more than she has lost, and
because of the sacrifices she made she is able to
demonstrate to her fans in Bali some of the best tennis
in the world.
The training I do depends on whether I'm playing or not.
But you do some fitness training, go to the gym a little
bit, but how much you do depends on if you have matches.
I enjoy the training.
There are a lot of sacrifices to be made and it's a lot
of work, and you're not able to do that and still have
fun at the same time it's not so nice.
I like music, beach, shopping, movies. I listen to
everything other than jazz and classical. I like to buy
shoes and bags. You know, I didn't used to. I used to
buy more clothes and make-up and things, but now I'm
more into shoes and bags. And jewellery. I love to buy
jewellery. That's a little bit dangerous.
I would sleep in for a while. I don't sleep too long,
but I'd lay in a little bit longer until maybe nine. Get
up slowly, and maybe go for a run. But not like we do
now when we have to work hard. I'd have a fun run. Or
I'd go for a bike ride with friends. Then have lunch and
I'd watch movies all day or go shopping. In the evening,
dinner and maybe go out. Depends who's around.
I'm definitely not and I hate it because there are so
many people that can eat whatever they want. I like
everything, from pasta to meat to fish. I have a really
sweet tooth so I'm in trouble, because I love cakes and
chocolate and things like this. So I definitely have to
I always wanted to be a flight attendant. When I was
little. Not now. I don't think that would be for me. I
would be involved in sport in some way for sure, because
I'm competitive and I would have to do something like
this. I like to exercise and move around, so I would
have to do something related to sport.
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