Jelena Looks Forward To Change
25 June 2004
Jelena Dokic, the 21 year old daughter of controversial tennis dad, Damir Dokic, is reportedly seeking medical attention for her emotional and family problems, which she hopes will help improve her life on and off the courts. One of Damir Dokic's latest statements demanded that the Women's Tennis Association conduct doping and psychiatric testing to determine if Jelena was using illegal substances. He also accused Jelena's former coach, Borna Bikic and his brother Tino, Jelena's boyfriend of drugging her. Earlier in the week Jelena responded to Damir's claims, questioning whether her father was "trying to mentally ruin her", but earlier today Dokic said that she would "give her family one more chance of a possible reconciliation with proper counseling." I finally realized that in order to perform to the best of my abilities, that I have to be mentally healthy, and a huge chunk of it is being able to maintain a good relationship with your family... I guess you could say in a way, I was blind (chuckles)."
Jelena's withdrawal from the Wimbledon Doubles Championship was due to her preparing for her therapy in United States. Double's partner, Magdelena Maleeva, totally understood the situation and said that "Jelena's family is her #1 priority and that she wishes her well in the future."
Jelena has also decided to rid her coach Borna Bikic most likely due to the string of first round match losses. Her ranking has dropped from World #4 to a disappointing # 25 and has not won a tournament since Birmingham of 2002. She stated that she will continue to maintain a professional relationship with the Bikic brother, but "felt it was time for a much needed change" in her tennis game. "I want to start on a clean slate and I believe that ending the coaching relationship with Borna will help." Dokic also hopes to reunite with her mother, Lilijana, her father Damir, and most of all, her 13 year old brother Savo in public sometime around the U.S Open. Jelena will also begin working again with Damir, doing intense training to prepare for the latter stages of the U.S. Hardcourt season. Due to the counseling, Jelena will only enter two hardcourt tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open, The Rogers AT&T Cup and The Pilot Penn Tournament stating that it was "important for her to be relaxed, stree free, and energetic in order to have good results." I'm looking forward to change for the better and hopefully I will begin to produce good tennis..again." Damir Dokic could not be reached for comment.