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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Jun 17th, 2006, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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The Jelena Story--What the hell happened?

In 2001 and 2002, Jelena Dokic was a SOLID fixture in the top ten. She consistently held her seed week in and week out at nearly 30 tournaments a year, coming through with enough big wins to secure two or three tier one titles. Before that, she was a consistently improving junior who hung in the low twenties and high teens. Then, suddenly, she loses to Elena Bovina at the US Open 02, and we never hear from her again. She has that one good tournament in Zurich in 03 to keep her in the top thirty or fourty, but then falls to 500 something in the rankings, and can't get back up.

This is, to my knowledge, a unique story in tennis. Hantuchova was in the top ten for a year, and then had her fall, but that fall was only to no. 64, and Dani quickly worked her way back into the top thirty, and then back into the top twenty (where she belongs, IMHO.) Lucic comes to mind as someone who fell and never made it back, but she was only in the top fifty or so, and even that was a brief year or less in the limelight. Dokic was solid as a rock for two years, with flashes of brilliance for the two years before that. Clearly she has immense natural ability. How does a player with that much natural ability not manage to stay in the top 100 just on talent?

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A string of disappointing 1st or 2nd round exits commenced as she clearly suffered from severe loss of confidence. No longer a part of her life physically, her father continued to be a presence as he publically criticised her choices. At one stage, he termed her boyfriend Enrique Bernoldi, Formula One driver whom she lived with at the time, "an idiot".

In 2003, she hired Borna Bikić from Croatia to be her trainer (while simultanously dating his brother Tino), contrary to the wishes of her father Damir Dokic on both accounts. Her tennis suffered and her slide down the standings continued.

In mid-2004, Jelena returned to her family in Serbia, trying to put her life back in order and regain confidence. However, the attempt was unsuccesful and in November 2005, after a turbulent period of 4-5 months during which she cancelled all her tennis commitments and not even her family knew her whereabouts, she returned to Australia proclaiming, "I want to play for Australia again".

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I think this shows that so much of tennis is about the heart and mind. Jelena was suffering, and her game fell apart because her inner world was in a state of turmoil. It is so devastating to "lose" a father's love, even a bad father's.
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poor Jelena
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Its all about her personal isues they sufferer so did her tennis she needs to be stable in life to be solid in tennis
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This is, to my knowledge, a unique story in tennis.
What about Capriati? She also had many ups & downs in her career. Hope Jelena can follow Jennifer's path

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Where is she now ?
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the proof that for tennis or any profession you need to have a level head. And she was not that solid , she had many signs of trouble and volatility and no ambition . Tennis was just something she did for living
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Jelena has had it tough for the last few years so she deserves everything she gets

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What about Capriati? She also had many ups & downs in her career. Hope Jelena can follow Jennifer's path
Jennifer just quit playing Tennis at some point because she can´t stand the pressure any more in the mid-nineties. A few years later she dicided than, to give Tennis a second try and got wildcards to the bigger tournaments, she wanted to play.
As I know, Jennifer didn´t play Challenger and Qualifikations to come back or even lost in this challengers against player with rankings between 300 and 600.

Jelena didn´t suddenly quit completely, but get in a deep deep slump and couldn´t fight herself out of it. Some day, she found herself in Rankings between 300-600. Now she trys to fight herself the way up again.

I wish her the best luck and really hope, at one nice day, we have the old strong Jelena back.
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When Jelena came back something was different, she looked passionate and determined and even thought she has suffered a few losses she looks like she really wants it. Hopefully she can prove her worth at Wimbledon.
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come on jelena
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i really want her to make it big again
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