Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews and Articles

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"Dokic may miss wildcard play-off"
by Linda Pearce
The Age
1st November, 2006
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Dokic may miss wildcard play-off
Linda Pearce
November 1, 2006

[Photo] Jelena Dokic is training in Germany and hoping to return to Australia for the summer season. Photo: Tommy Hindley

JELENA Dokic's troubled search for a career resurrection has led her to a coaching academy in Germany, but may not include a return to next month's Australian Open wildcard play-off at Melbourne Park, the scene of her homecoming last December.

Dokic has told Tennis Australia's director of player development, Craig Tiley, that she has only recently resumed from injury, so may not be back in Australia before the official start of the summer circuit in January. Tiley confirmed that Dokic had also inquired about the possibility of wildcards into local events.

"I told her the normal stuff, that we have the training camp play-off and then we'll probably have additional play-offs during the month of January, so if someone does well in the Hobart event, for example, they would be considered," Tiley said.

"She's indicated she wants to come back for the summer, but because she's starting late she's undecided whether she's going to come back at the end of the year for the play-off or come back in January and try to play her way through some of those events. It's 50-50, I think, right now."

The struggling 23-year-old, now ranked 617th, is apparently training with Martin Ruthner at the academy run by noted Croatian coach and former player Niki Pilic in Oberschlessheim, near Munich, amid wildly contrasting reports suggesting she is either planning to marry her Croatian boyfriend, Tin Bikic, or has split from him and been left desperate and penniless.

After winning the wildcard play-off last December and reuniting briefly with former coach Lesley Bowrey, the one-time No. 4 lost in the first round in Auckland, withdrew injured from the Canberra International, then was eliminated in the Open's first round by France's Virginie Razzano.

Since failing to qualify for Wimbledon in June, Dokic's tournament play has been limited to one satellite event, at Darmstadt in Germany, where she reached the quarter-finals.

"Jelena has been injured and out and has come back the last two months with more of a commitment," Tiley said. "She's working at an academy in Germany and says she is training hard every day and she's healthy now and making strides in the rankings."

If Dokic does play off for a wildcard, there will be no Tennis Australia assistance with flights or accommodation, that system having been replaced with one that rewards achievement over participation.

While negotiations are continuing with Pat Rafter over his role in developing Australian tennis, Tiley also said he had had discussions with Glynn Hewitt, acting for his son Lleyton after the dismissal of agent Rob Aivatoglou, over his Davis Cup availability.

Court resurfacing at Melbourne Park is expected to start in a fortnight. Tiley said that would allow the Rebound Ace to have reached its peak speed, and be consistently rated medium to fast, by the time the Open starts on January 15.

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Roger Federer blew a gaping hole in the credibility of the Paris Masters yesterday when the world No. 1 joined Rafael Nadal in pulling out of the €2 million ($A3.32 million) tournament. The Swiss top seed cited fatigue for his no-show.

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Sydney will get its first sight of 2006 Australian Open sensation Marcos Baghdatis in action in January with the 21-year-old Cypriot entering the Medibank International as part of his preparation for the 2007 Open at Melbourne Park.

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"She's docked: new port of call for Jelena but she may give Australia wide berth"
by Linda Pearce
The Sydney Morning Herald
1st November, 2006
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She's docked: new port of call for Jelena but she may give Australia wide berth
Linda Pearce
November 1, 2006

JELENA Dokic's troubled attempts to resurrect her career have now led her to a coaching academy in Germany, but may not include a return to next month's Australian Open wildcard play-off at Melbourne Park, the scene of her homecoming last December.

Dokic has told Tennis Australia's director of player development, Craig Tiley, that she has only recently resumed from her latest injury, so may not be back in Australia before the official start of the summer circuit in January. Tiley confirmed Dokic had inquired about the possibility of wildcards into events.

"She hasn't requested [an Australian Open wildcard] yet, but she did ask me about what opportunities there were and what she would need to do to get a wildcard," Tiley said. "I told her the normal stuff, that we have the training camp play-off and then we'll probably have additional play-offs during the month of January, so if someone does well in the Hobart event, for example, they would be considered.

"She's indicated she wants to come back for the summer, but because she's starting late she's undecided whether she's going to come back at the end of the year for the play-off or come back in January and try to play her way through some of those events. It's 50-50, I think, right now."

In the meantime, the 23-year-old, now ranked 617, is apparently training with Martin Ruthner at the academy run by Croatian coach and former player Niki Pilic in Oberschleissheim, near Munich, amid contrasting reports suggesting she is either planning to marry her Croatian boyfriend, Tin Bikic, or has split from him and been left penniless.

Dokic has not been in Australia for about eight months. After winning the wildcard play-off in December and reuniting briefly with former coach Lesley Bowrey, the former world No.4 lost tearfully in the first round in Auckland, withdrew injured from the Canberra International, for which she had been given a wildcard, and was then eliminated in the first round of the Open by France's Virginie Razzano. Since failing to qualify for Wimbledon in June, Dokic's tournament play has been limited to one satellite event, at Darmstadt in Germany, where she reached the quarter-finals in late July.

If Dokic does contest the wildcard play-off this year, there will be no TA assistance with flights or accommodation, that system having been replaced with one that rewards achievement over participation. The men's and women's play-offs will offer total prizemoney of $20,800 (including $250 for the eight first-round losers in each draw), in addition to the minimum $19,215 carrot of Open participation.

While negotiations are continuing with Pat Rafter over his role in developing Australian tennis, Tiley also said he had opened discussions with Glynn Hewitt, now officially acting for his son, Lleyton, after the dismissal of agent Rob Aivatoglou, over his Davis Cup availability and other matters.

Australia travel to Belgium for a testing first-round tie in February.

"I've had a conversation with Glynn about what we're doing in 2007 and about Davis Cup," Tiley said. "We haven't reached any conclusion, but it was positive in that we were able to talk about the future..."
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