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Jelena se vratila kući!
Neda MILETIĆ 18.10.2004, 18:45:13
PORODICA Dokić je ponovo na okupu! Doskorašnji prvi reket SCG, nekadašnja svetska "broj 4" u nedelju se vratila kući, roditeljima i bratu Savi. Reporter "Sporta" zatekao ih je u toplom i suncem okupanom domu sa osmesima na licu, srećne... Ponovo su zajedno, kao nekada...
U mestu podno Fruške Gore, na ranĊu Dokićevih, ekskluzivno za "Sport" Jelena je ispriĊala svoju priĊu. O onome što se dešavalo u njenom životu i karijeri u poslednje dve godine neće da govori. To ostavlja iza sebe i za sebe. Okrenula je novi list života i gleda samo ka budućnosti.
- Smatram da je ovo dobra odluka. Vratila sam se kući, ali to je moja privatna stvar. I što se tenisa tiĊe, mislim da će mi mnogo pomoći. Privatni život mora da bude sređen da bi moglo dobro da se igra i prave rezultati. Od sada ću da radim sa tatom, već smo napravili plan - kaže plavokosa lepotica.
Vrhunske rezultate, da podsetimo, Jelena je nanizala upravo u vreme kada je trenirala sa ocem. Sa 15 leta bila je prvi junior sveta. Godinu kasnije ispisala je istoriju Vimbldona, kada je u prvom kolu glavnog turnira pregazila tada neprikosnovenu liderku svetskog trona Švajcarkinju Martinu Hingis.
Usledio je zatim Jelenin zlatni slalom po najprestižnijim VTA takmiĊenjima: nanizala je pet titula, od toga tri milionska: Tokio, Rim, Moskva. Septembra 2002. bila je na Ċetvrtoj poziciji svetske rang liste, odmah iza ameriĊke trojke: sestara Vilijams i Kaprijati. Sada je na 105. poziciji VTA liste (prošle nedelje 44.) i ima 21 godinu. Vremena da se sve vrati na zlatne staze ima na pretek, a poznato je da zrele godine ženskog tenisa dolaze tek u 25.
- Krećem iz poĊetka. Moram najpre da sredim zdravstvene probleme sa zubima i krajnicima, pa ću zatim prionuti na rad. Do prvih turnira imam dva do tri meseca, znaĊi dovoljno vremena da se spremim. Nisam trenirala dugo i nisam ni blizu gde sam bila. Za poĊetak, moram da vratim kondiciju. Verovatno ću se spremati u Beogradu - objašnjava Jelena.
Puno srce je i ocu Damira.
- Sve smo sagledali, šta je bilo bilo je. OdluĊila je da je najbolje da bude sa porodicom. Pokazala je Jelena da je veliki igraĊ, onda je uhvatila kriza. Došlo je vreme da se i to ispravi i da se vrati na mesto gde je bila - kaže Damir Dokić.
Od kako je napustila Australiju 2001. nije zaigrala na prvom Gren slemu u sezoni, koji se upravo igra u ovoj zemlji.
- Neću ni naredne godine u Australiju. Plan je da se 2005. vratim u prvih 15 na svetu, a igraću i dubl što više - zakljuĊila je Jelena.
ANA OPET SKOČILA
JELENA Janković je skliznula sa 31. na 34. poziciju VTA liste, dok je Ana Ivanović (koja ove nedelje igra na veoma jakom turniru u Cirihu za nagradni fond od 1.300.000 dolara) sa 156. skoĊila na 155. mesto. Na prvo mesto izbila je Amerikanka Lindzi Devenport, druga je Francuskinja Ameli Morezmo, a treća Ruskinja Anastasija Miškina.
Janko Tipsarević pao je sa 106. na 109. poziciju ATP liste. Dušan Vemić je sada 216, Boris Pašanski 241, a Novak Đoković 242. teniser sveta. Prvi je i dalje ubedljivo Švajcarac Rože Federer.
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FOX SPORTS - Tennis |
Dokic and dad reunited
From correspondents in Belgrade
October 20, 2004
STRUGGLING Serbian tennis star Jelena Dokic says she is determined to rebuild her career with the help of her estranged father Damir.
The Vecernje Novosti daily reported the former world No.4 as saying that she has patched things up with her father and will begin training again with him, "probably in Belgrade", in the near future.
"I'm starting from zero. I still have two or three months until the first tournaments (of the new year) and I will try hard to recover my old form," said the 21-year-old Dokic who won the last of her five WTA titles in 2002.
Dokic, who reached a career-high No.4 ranking in August 2002, has slumped to 105th through a series of injuries and much publicised problems in her private life, notably a bitter falling out with her father.
She dated Brazilian racing car driver Enrique Bernoldi, reportedly against Damir's wishes, and told the Serbian media last year that she no longer listened to her father's advice.
Dokic started her professional career as a 14-year-old representing Australia, where her family emigrated in 1994. She continues to hold dual citizenship but now lives here.
At Wimbledon in 1999, as a qualifier ranked 129th, she scored the Open era's biggest upset when she defeated then world No.1 Martina Hingis in the first round on her way to the quarter-finals.
A year later she became the first woman representing Australia to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.
But her career has been plagued by distractions provided by her father, a former boxer who has repeatedly clashed with journalists and tennis officials around the world.
In 2000 he was barred from Wimbledon after breaking a reporter's mobile phone, and later that year was banned for six months from WTA events for abusive behaviour in the US Open players' lounge, reportedly over the price of a salmon platter.
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The Age Online - Sport - Tennis|
Dokic return less likely
October 20, 2004 - 4:14PM
Jelena Dokic's off-again, on-again return to Australia appears off again once more.
After 12 months of to and fro, the former world No.1 junior and Wimbledon semi-finalist has reportedly patched up her relationship with her estranged father Damir, all but ruling out a comeback for Australia.
Dokic has told The Vecernje Novosti newspaper that she will begin training again with Damir "probably in Belgrade" in the near future in a desperate bid to resurrect her career.
"I'm starting from zero," Dokic said.
"I still have two or three months until the first tournaments (of the new year) and I will try hard to recover my old form."
The 21-year-old won the last of her five WTA titles in 2002 and has plummeted to 105 in the world rankings after going six months and nine matches without a win. A reunion with the erratic Damir would be yet another twist in Dokic's turbulent life and career.
Only four months ago, a year after disowning his daughter because of her relationship with Brazilian Formula One driver Enrique Benoldi, Damir claimed she needed psychiatric and drug testing and said her career would be over unless she listened to him.
Dokic's response was to accuse her father of messing with her mind and said she was unlikely to ever reconcile with a man whose wild and drunken behaviour over the years has led to ejections from Wimbledon and the US Open and a six-month ban from the WTA Tour.
At the same time, Dokic said she was considering playing in next year's Australian Open for the first time since she and Damir sensationally claimed the 2001 draw - in which she was pitted against then world No.2 Lindsay Davenport in the first round - was rigged.
"It's something that I feel like I should do. I spent a lot of my years there. I played for Australia and maybe I should go back," Dokic said before Wimbledon. Yet in January, Dokic and her father had reportedly made up as Benoldi was said to be on the outer.
As a result, Damir correctly predicted Dokic would renege on her plan to return to Australia for this year's Sydney International and Australian Open. Dokic's Fed Cup debut for Serbia and Montenegro in April ruled the Belgrade-born player from representing Australia until 2007.
If Damir has his way, she will never play in the green and gold again.
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FOX SPORTS - Tennis |
Why Jelena ran home to daddy
By John Thirsk
October 24, 2004
A DEPRESSED and desperate Jelena Dokic is living with her mother Lilliana and brother Savo in a Belgrade apartment after her tennis year finished in tatters.
Her father Damir, who Jelena claims is back as her coach, has built a house 80 kilometres away in the rural village of Vrdnik and is making fruit juices.
"Jelena has told friends she had no one else to turn to," a friend of the family told The Sunday Telegraph from Belgrade. "She is a very lonely girl.
"Jelena is not in good health and is facing possible dental and tonsilitis surgery.
"She left her Monte Carlo apartment of two years last Sunday and is no longer with her coach, Borna Bikic."
Borna's brother Tino, 20, has been dating Jelena since she split with racing car driver Enrique Bernoldi last year.
There is also speculation Dokic Senior is about to cut ties with the world's leading celebrity-sports agency William Morris, who have looked after Jelena for the past year.
It's just another controversy after FILA ended Jelena's multi-million dollar clothing contract last December. Based in Los Angeles, William Morris' A-list includes Serena Williams, Kevin Garnett (basketball), Oscar De La Hoya (boxing) and actors Russell Crowe and Reese Witherspoon.
William Morris sports division vice president, Jill Smoller said: "We know about Jelena going back to her parents.
"We have not spoken to her yet, but I need to discuss Jelena's future.
"Right now, I have no idea about whether she'll play the Sydney International or Australian Open in January.
"I've completed a long-term racquet deal for her."
Smoller would not comment on Jelena's decision to return home or her future.
But if Damir Dokic has his usual influence he will not let Jelena play in Australia for the third consecutive year.
"Damir still has his usual problems and a grudge with Australians," the source said.
"He doesn't like Tennis Australia officials because he thinks they fixed the draw when Jelena had to play Lindsay Davenport in a first round and he doesn't like the media.
"Damir says that under his guidance Jelena will become another Jennifer Capriati.
"Dokic Senior has said he is just so happy to have Jelena back home again and that everything has been forgiven after the fall-out between them.
"Damir has said that if Capriati made such a great comeback there is no reason why Jelena can't do the same."
Capriati, the 28-year-old American was "mug-shot" by Florida police following drug allegations and took two years off the circuit in 1994-95.
She then returned to win three grand slam championships - the 2001-02 Australian Opens, the 2001 French Open.But there is a huge problem facing a despondent Dokic if she hopes to resurrect her plummeting world ranking which has slumped from world No.4 to 104 with a combination of poor attitude, form and confidence.
Since last April, Dokic has won just one set and lost nine successive first-round matches and has played only two tournaments since Wimbledon.
Without a topline coach there seems little hope of returning to her form as a Wimbledon semi-finalist.
Currently she has no one to practice with in Belgrade.
It's likely she will start by going to an academy in Spain, which she did last year to prepare for the Australian summer before her father stepped in.
The Sunday Telegraph
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