Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

The Championships 1999
Wimbledon, Great Britain
22 June, 1999

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            Martina Hingis
            Tuesday, June 22, 1999

            J. DOKIC / M. Hingis 6-2, 6-0

Q. What went wrong?

MARTINA HINGIS: I am not sure what went right actually.

Q. Why did it go wrong?

MARTINA HINGIS: Just a lot of things happened.

Q. Was this a hangover from Paris, were you not in the mood yet? What do you 
attribute it to?

MARTINA HINGIS: I think I need to take some time off. Take a break and recover 

Q. From Paris?

MARTINA HINGIS: From everything.

Q. How much time off?

MARTINA HINGIS: Until the California tournament starts, about four or five 
weeks, so I think that should be all right.

Q. You say take time off from everything. Has it all happened too fast for you, 
your career, do you think?


Q. What are the downsides to that? What are the pressures?

MARTINA HINGIS: It is also pretty much the clay court and grass court is a bit 
different, it is much faster and just other things combined, you know, and it 
was probably not enough time.

Q. Offcourt pressures?

MARTINA HINGIS: She played a good match today.

Q. There have been things written about you. Has there been so much it has been 
very difficult for you?

MARTINA HINGIS: In a way, yes and no. You try to go on court and forget about 
everything that happened around me, but I couldn't really pick up my game today. 
She just didn't give me a chance to get into it, just didn't make the more 
important points. She was there. I missed some easy shots and I can't allow 
myself do that.

Q. Do you need time to reflect about your life right now?

MARTINA HINGIS: I think it has been a great life so far. I mean, I really like 
it, and I just probably... I need a break, it would really suit me right now.

Q. Having beaten her so easily in Australia did you go out and expect that kind 
of thing?

MARTINA HINGIS: I didn't know what to expect actually today and from today's 
match. She had already a few matches played already, earlier this week, so I 
knew she was going to be tough to play from the qualifiers, and I knew her at 
home because we practice together, and also before Paris. So I knew more or less 
what to expect, but she was too good today.

Q. How surprised are you by such a heavy defeat on the first Tuesday of 

MARTINA HINGIS: It happens to everybody sometimes, so I am not really, like, 
that disappointed. It happened and, of course, I try to improve until next 
time... next year.

Q. Where was your mother today, because we didn't see her in the box?
MARTINA HINGIS: She was not here.

Q. Is there a special reason for that?

MARTINA HINGIS: Well, with this tournament we decided to have a little bit of 

Q. I think it is proper to offer condolences for your loss, it must be a very 
sad day for you, but do you think the crowd being strongly against you today 
might have been a factor in your defeat?

MARTINA HINGIS: Not at all. I didn't feel like the crowd was against me. She 
played a great match and they were clapping for her great shots, not against me 
or something. I just didn't make that many winners. They had nothing to clap 

Q. There was enormous pressure coming into this tournament after what happened 
in Paris and there were certain players saying you should not be allowed to play 
at Wimbledon, and criticism. How much did that affect you in your build-up?

MARTINA HINGIS: None at all. I practice here and I felt good. I felt with all 
the players were fine and just like a tournament, like any other one.

Q. Do you mind your mother not being here?


Q. Is that the first time your mother has not been at a Wimbledon match?


Q. When was the last time your mother was not present at a major match at a 
Grand Slam?


Q. Is she in the country?


Q. Did that make a difference?

MARTINA HINGIS: I guess so. A pretty big one.

Q. What made you make that change?

MARTINA HINGIS: Well, we just decided to have a little bit of distance, as I 
said before, and probably work a bit more on our private lives and see how it is 
going to go into the future.

Q. Who suggested it first?

MARTINA HINGIS: Well, we just kind of talked about it and had a conversation. We 
spoke, both of us.

Q. Have you spoken to her yet?

MARTINA HINGIS: I couldn't get through on the mobile phone. We dialled and we 
didn't get through.

Q. When was the last time you saw your mother?

MARTINA HINGIS: She came here with me from Eastbourne.

Q. You want to be more independent in your tennis?

MARTINA HINGIS: Yes, in that way, yes, more independent to probably do my 
decisions, the way I practise and the way I want to do things, but we will see.

Q. Are you thinking about another coach?

MARTINA HINGIS: No, that is not the reason. That is why I wanted to be more 
independent, not having somebody else telling me what to do, you know, in a way.

Q. Is that as a result of... you almost came across as a little girl having to 
be persuaded to go back on court by your mother?


Q. Is that something that's part of it, as being seen as more independent?

MARTINA HINGIS: Well, it was this tournament, after Eastbourne, I felt well and 
I am playing some good tennis, but probably it was just not an easy one to try 
it out, you know, Wimbledon.

Q. Have you actually fallen out with your mother? Have you had a disagreement 
with her?

MARTINA HINGIS: No, we are fine together. We call each other one or two times a 
day, but don't talk about tennis too much, but just how it is going, but it is 
only three or four days we didn't see each other.

Q. Do you know what kind of a break to have the next couple of weeks?

MARTINA HINGIS: Not really. I just have to think over everything and we will 

Q. Did you guys make the decision after Paris or Eastbourne?

MARTINA HINGIS: After Eastbourne, in Eastbourne.

Q. It's so difficult to beat a number one, you're expected to win everything and 
is the pressure building up too much, or what?

MARTINA HINGIS: Well, I have been always handling the pressure quite well I 
think, so it is... I kind of like the pressure when it is on court even. I know 
I have an opponent there and it is more or less the same pressure for that 
person too because I am the number one player and they do not have anything to 
lose, but they have to play their best tennis and today it just didn't work out.

Q. You seem to be a little hesitant to argue a line call. Is that because of 
Paris and you were trying not...

MARTINA HINGIS: You cannot do much about it on grass. You can't show there is 
the mark here and there, and I watched some matches on TV which...

MARTINA HINGIS: How good is Jelena, how do you rate her?

MARTINA HINGIS: She played a great match today. She didn't really let me get 
back into it. I had a few chances of course, I mean, but I didn't take them.

Q. What about the future?

MARTINA HINGIS: She is very good. She is talented. She was number one last year 
and with this win, it will give her definitely some confidence.

Q. Do you think you were fully focused for the match or was your mind on other 
matters offcourt?

MARTINA HINGIS: At the beginning I thought I was really focused and felt in good 
shape but in a way I was away. Then you get distracted by other things when you 
are on court and things don't go your way.

Q. Did you allow the situation with your mother to cross your mind throughout 
the match? Did you feel mentally prepared to come out and play?

MARTINA HINGIS: I was probably too nervous, not much believing what I can do or 
not and didn't really see... I wanted to try it but it didn't work out this 

Q. Would you not do it again or will you continue with this, or was it a 

MARTINA HINGIS: As I said, we were going to talk about it and then we will do 
some more decisions but right now, I need a break.

Q. 6-2 6-0, do you feel humiliated?

MARTINA HINGIS: It doesn't really matter what the score is at the end. Nobody 
really cares, if you lose.

Q. Have you ever felt this way about your tennis about before, not as confident?

MARTINA HINGIS: Yes, sometimes, like last year when I couldn't close up matches, 
so I felt worse than today, I would say.

(Questions and answers in German)

Q. Was your mother not happy but she could understand why you wanted to sort of 
be here alone and she could understand that? What was her reaction? Did she okay 
you go ahead and try it, if you think that is better?

MARTINA HINGIS: Yes. We talked about it. We discussed everything. I wanted to 
try by myself and she wanted to do more about her private life, to do the things 
she wanted to do, and the same for me.

Q. Was there one particular incident or situation that sparked this decision to 
have this distance between the two of you?


Q. Halfway through that match did you wish she was actually by the side of the 
court, or not?

MARTINA HINGIS: Well, it felt different walking on court by myself in a way. Of 
course, there were people there with me. I wasn't all by myself, but it is a big 

Special thanks to Saya, webmaster of "C'mon! Jelena World", for this interview article.