Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews and Articles

"Dokic to return"
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
18th November, 2003
The Sydney Morning Herald - Sport - Tennis

   Dokic to return 
   November 18, 2003 

   Jelena Dokic has ended her self-imposed exile from Australia and will play in 
   next year's Australian Open. Dokic, formerly the country's No.1-ranked player, 
   fled after her exit from the 2001 open when her father accused officials of 
   fixing the draw.

   Then a 17-year-old rising star, she was heavily influenced by her erratic 
   father, Damir, whom she has since dumped as coach. Despite blaming the media and 
   Tennis Australia for her problems, she should be welcomed back, according to 
   open promoter Paul McNamee.

   "She left as a girl and returns as a woman," McNamee said yesterday. "I think 
   she will get a fair go. I would hope and expect that. There is a lot of history 
   there but she is a 20-year-old now and has taken control of her career."

   McNamee said he was encouraged after speaking with Dokic at this year's US Open. 
   "I spoke to her in New York and was optimistic and I said at the [open] launch I 
   was hopeful she would play, but I only saw her name on the entry list a few days 
   ago," he said.

   After reaching consecutive quarter-finals in Tokyo and Paris early in the year, 
   Dokic bombed in the three grand slam events she played.

   A difficult period of early-round losses followed, before a return to form in 
   Zurich in October. Dokic, ranked No.15 in the world, beat Kim Clijsters in the 
   semi-finals before losing the final to Belgian world No.1 Justine Henin-Hardenne. 

   "She's on an upswing now and she could carry on playing buoyantly," McNamee 
   said. He said he expected there would be few tensions between Dokic and her 
   former Australian Fed Cup teammates in the locker rooms. 

   "I think she'll be OK," he said. "They've got to know her extremely well and she 
   has got to play doubles with Rennae Stubbs. They have played a couple of 
   tournaments together and there are good signs. The signals are good." 

   McNamee also felt Dokic would be prepared "as much as she can be" for the 
   intense media interest that will be generated by her return to Australia.
   She has entered the competition representing the country of her birth, Serbia 
   and Montenegro, formerly Yugoslavia. 

   The first tournament Dokic will play here will be the adidas International in 
   Sydney from January 11-17, along with eight of the world's top 10 women. The 
   Australian Open starts on January 19.


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"Door always open for Dokic"
Fox Sports, Australia
2nd December, 2003

   Door always open for Dokic
   December 2, 2003

   THE door would always be open for tennis star Jelena Dokic to resume 
   playing for Australia, Australian Open chief Paul McNamee said today. 

   Dokic will end her self-imposed exile from Australia when she 
   contests the first grand slam of the year at Melbourne Park from 
   January 19 to February 1.

   The former Australian No.1 will represent her country of birth, 
   Yugoslavia - now known as Serbia-Montenegro.

   McNamee, who was in Hobart today for the launch of the Moorilla 
   Women's Tennis International event, said returning to Australia 
   would be a life-changing decision for the 20-year-old.

   "As far as we are concerned, we have always kept the door open to 
   her," McNamee said.

   "She has entered the tournament as a Yugoslav, which is her right to 

   "But she has still got an Australian passport, so we will always 
   keep the door open."

   McNamee said it would be "highly surprising" if Dokic switched 
   allegiances ahead of the Open, but it was purely a matter for the 
   former Wimbledon semi-finalist.

   "As Tennis Australia is concerned, we see it as a positive step that 
   she is playing the tournament again and we wish her well and hope it 
   goes well and just take it one step at a time," he said.

   "Any player with a passport has the right (to play for Australia) at 
   any time, but that is 100 per cent a matter for Jelena.

   "That is a very important life-changing decision for her."

   Dokic was a 17-year-old rising star when she fled Australia after 
   her exit from the 2001 Open.

   Her father Damir, who she has since dumped as coach, accused 
   officials of fixing the draw.

   McNamee said he hoped she received a reasonably good reception in 
   Australia after a three-year absence.

   "Her formative tennis years were spent in Australia, so it is 
   important that Jelena has a good welcome and feels good about being 
   in Australia and who knows what the future will bring?"

   The first tournament Dokic will play in Australia will be the adidas 
   International in Sydney from January 11-17.


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"Dokic's Fed Cup poser"
Fox Sports, Australia
9th December, 2003

   Dokic's Fed Cup poser
   By Leo Schlink
   December 9, 2003

   FED Cup captain Evonne Goolagong Cawley has hailed Jelena Dokic's 
   decision to return to the Australian Open. 

   Dokic will contest the first grand slam event of the season for the 
   first time in three years next month, raising hopes the Serbia and 
   Montenegro baseliner might eventually revert to Australian colours. 

   While guarded over the possibility of Dokic again representing 
   Australia, Goolagong Cawley praised the right-hander's plans. 

   "To be the best in the world, you have to play on every surface," 
   Goolagong Cawley said. 

   "It's great that she's decided to come back. I think it's good for 
   her and it's good for tennis and the Australian Open." 

   Goolagong Cawley said it was too early to judge if Dokic was 
   prepared to again play in Australian colours. 

   "If she wanted to, she would have to approach Tennis Australia," the 
   dual Wimbledon champion said. 

   "She hasn't really approached any of us yet. We'll have to wait and 

   Goolagong Cawley is among a host of elite former players and 
   coaches, including Paul McNamee and Peter McNamara, at the 
   Australian Open training camp at Melbourne Park over the next nine 

   Goolagong Cawley will use the time to teach and familiarise herself 
   with the cream of Australia's best young female hopefuls. 

   "They have an incentive out there because next week they'll be 
   trying out for a wildcard into the Australian Open," she said of the 
   16-player tournament. 

   "That will push them along and make them train even harder. Last 
   year, they had this training camp and it was really successful. 

   "A lot of the players benefited from that and I'm sure they will 
   this time and they have more incentive this time. 

   "I'm sure we'll get good results this time because we did last time. 

   "It's like playing a regular tournament. They've got the masseurs, 
   the trainers, the physios - everybody's here to help them out. 

   "It's putting them in that atmosphere to prepare for a regular 

Herald Sun

The article quoted from the Fox Sports website. -