Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews and articles

"Dad wants to destroy me: Jelena" by Sharon Mathieson
Fox Sports, Australia
22nd June, 2004
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FOX SPORTS - Tennis - Story


   Dad wants to destroy me: Jelena
   By Sharon Mathieson
   June 22, 2004


   JELENA Dokic believes her father Damir is trying to destroy her.

   And she admits he's partly succeeding.

   The former Australian spoke for the first time today about her 
   estranged father's latest claims that she needs a psychiatric and 
   drugs test and her tennis career would be over unless she listened 
   to him.

   Dokic conceded she was at the lowest point in her life and said only 
   time would tell if her father's predictions about her career came 
   true.

   The 21-year-old said she was unlikely to ever reconcile her 
   relationship with her father and came to tears when she spoke about 
   the hurt she felt at being separated from her 13-year-old brother.

   "I cannot get much lower than I am at the moment," Dokic said.

   "Whether I go down or not, we'll just have to wait and see."

   She said the only explanation for Damir Dokic's "ridiculous" 
   comments was that he was trying to mess with her mind.

   "If he's trying to, sorry for the language, screw me up. I think 
   that's pretty sad," Dokic said.

   And she said it was pointless to try and talk to her father because 
   he was determined to ruin her.

   "I don't know why you say you want to talk to somebody when you are 
   trying to mentally ruin them," Dokic said.

   She said there was no doubt her off court dramas were responsible 
   for her dismal performances on the court, including today's opening 
   round 6-3 6-3 Wimbledon loss to world No.59 Gisela Dulko of 
   Argentina.

   It was the Yugoslavian-born world No.25's worst performance at the 
   grand slam, her previous worst being a third round exit last year.

   "It's never nice to have a fight with your parents or your family," 
   she said.

   "It has an influence on my tennis. I know why I'm losing, I have 
   some personal issues to solve."

   Dokic, who publicly divorced herself from Australia after she backed 
   her father's claim that Tennis Australia had rigged the 2001 
   Australian Open draw against her, confirmed she was considering 
   changing her allegiances from Serbia and Montenegro back to 
   Australia but said it was low on her list of priorities because she 
   had greater problems to deal with.

   "I have many more issues to solve first, myself personally, which 
   are much more important than whether I'm going to play for Australia 
   or not," she said.

   "I think someone telling you that you need a psychiatrist and a drug 
   test is much more serious than deciding whether you're going to go 
   to a grand slam at the moment."

   Damir Dokic's wild behaviour around the courts has attracted almost 
   as much publicity as his daughter's exploits on them.

   He was arrested for alleged drunkenness at one English tournament, 
   interviewed by police after smashing a journalist's mobile phone at 
   Wimbledon and ejected from the US Open after throwing a tantrum over 
   the price of salmon in the players' restaurant.

   In his latest outburst he reportedly threatened to confront Jelena 
   at Wimbledon and demand the WTA give her a psychiatric and drugs 
   test to confirm whether she uses illegal substances.

   Dokic denied she used illegal drugs for performance enhancement or 
   socially.

   "I'm getting in a very difficult position here because people are 
   going to think I'm on drugs but I've had a million drug tests this 
   year like I do every year at grand slams and bigger tournaments and 
   I've never been tested position for anything," she said.

   "If he (Damir) needs anything more than this, then that's nuts."

   Dokic would not reveal the nature of her father's grievances except 
   to say he felt she was in the wrong.

   She said in an ideal world she wanted a strong relationship with her 
   family.

   "(One) where comments are not being made through the papers, 
   especially things that are not true," Dokic said.

   "I think this is asking too much in my situation."


   AAP

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"Dokic's despair goes on" by Linda Pearce
The Age, Australia
23rd June, 2004
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The Age Online - Sport - Tennis - Article


   Dokic's despair goes on
   By Linda Pearce 
   London
   June 23, 2004


   [photo] Jelena Dokic on her way to her first-round defeat at Wimbledon.


   Jelena Dokic has accused her estranged father, Damir, of trying to 
   "mentally ruin" her, and any scheme for career sabotage seems to be succeeding. 
   Jelena is considering seeking the safe harbour of the Australian flag; 
   certainly, she needs to find calmer waters. 

   Dokic lost in the Wimbledon first round on Monday, beaten 6-3, 6-3 by unseeded 
   Gisela Dulko. There was no sign of Damir, the subject of his daughter's plea for 
   extra security in the Birmingham lead-up event, but nor was there more than a 
   physical resemblance to the feisty, fearless teenager who bounced past Martina 
   Hingis and into the quarter-finals five years ago.

   Ranked as high as fourth in 2002, 21-year-old Dokic appears dispirited and 
   resigned, and has not won a tournament match in more than two months, or a 
   tournament in two years.

   The task, it would seem, is impossible, considering her personal baggage and the 
   continuing trauma caused by a father who has said he will ask the WTA to 
   organise extra drug and psychiatric tests - for his daughter, that is.

   "I'm getting in a very difficult position here because people are going to think 
   that I am on drugs, but I've had a million drug tests this year, like I do every 
   year, and I've never tested positive for anything," Dokic said.

   "Now, if he needs anything more than this, then that's nuts, but I don't take 
   anything. I don't look like I take anything, and especially not with these 
   performances."

   Damir also described his daughter's coach of one year, Borna Bilkic, and his 
   brother Tino - Jelena's boyfriend - as "people of dubious moral and professional 
   standards".

   He said that if she did not respond to what he insisted would be his civilised 
   approach for a reconciliation, "I predict that will be the end of her career".

   The whole distressing business has become too much for Jelena, who for two years 
   has also been cut off from her mother, Liliana, and 13-year-old brother Savo.

   She lives in Monte Carlo, has no plans to return to Belgrade, and says that 
   despite considering returning to play for Australia - the country she left, 
   under her father's instruction, to represent Serbia and Montenegro in 2001 - the 
   constant travel makes it impractical to live there.

   "I don't know what his aim is . . . If he's trying to - sorry for the language - 
   screw me up, I think that's pretty sad, in a way, but I don't know," Dokic said 
   of her volatile parent and former coach. 

   "I don't know why you say you want to try to talk to somebody when you are 
   trying to mentally ruin them."

   Dokic's fear is for Savo, living with his parents in Belgrade, and she became 
   emotional discussing the sibling with whom she has always shared a fierce bond. 

   "In an ideal world, everybody would like to have a family that's all together, 
   and whether it's a brother or a sister, have a normal relationship ... I think 
   this is asking for too much in my situation."

   Is it any wonder, then, that Dokic is not winning? Or that she is not sure if or 
   when she will return to contest the Australian Open? Or that her ranking is 
   diving towards 30th. Tennis, it seems, is the least of her many, messy problems.

   "I don't talk to him and I have nothing to do with him anymore," she said. 

   "I was at my best - No. 4 in the world - without him. He wasn't travelling with 
   me at the time, and I had my best results that way. If that's what he thinks 
   about my career, that's fine. 

   "I've been down before, I've had worse things happen, (but) I can not get much 
   lower than what I am at the moment. We will see what happens, whether I go down 
   or not. It's not easy to deal with these things, but I have to find a way."


   Copyright  2004. The Age Company Ltd.

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