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Closed doors for Bikic brothers!
Jelena Dokic (23) found her last hope; stumbled serbian tennis player with residence in Zagreb decided firmly to move again towards top with help from greatest croatian coach. Great Nikola who worked with stars like Goran Ivanisevic, Boris Becker and Michael Stich surely knows the winning formula. However with Mr Niko there's no joking. The man who (as many say) teached germans about discipline, set spartan regime for Dokic wich she accepts without any objection. She came alone to Pilic's tennis academy in Oberschliessheim not far from Munich, without her boyfriend Tin Bikic. She isn't allowed to go out or to have any visits over weekends. This was one of Pilic conditions to accept this collaboration.
- I will not talk about professionalism of people who last worked with her (Borna Bikic and Dado Majoli, brother of famous tennis player) because it's not my style. I had a long conversation with Jelena, only with sacrifice one can get to top - said Pilic who momentary at the age of 68 has yet another successfull project unfolding in St. Petersburg.
His pupil, Latvian Ernest Gulbis(18), is sansationally
in qf of his first big tournament.
- He will be 40th tennis player who I coached and who later managed to enter top 100. These stats surely has no other tennis coach in the world - proudly says Pilic.
At the start he left Jelena to his "right arm", austrian Martin Ruthner to take care of her.
- Maybe I'll be with her at some tournaments, but that surely will not happen before Australian Open for wich I want her to be completly ready - says Pilic whose favours are not cheap.
This time he dropped the price in favour of Jelena who had no bigger incomes for a longer period.
Along with flat in Zagreb, she also had one in Monte Carlo, but maybe one will have to be sold.(Maybe it already happened.) Tennis return demands big investments...
"Father from hell", controversial Damir Dokic has no statements yet. They are still in despute - after her relationships with formula1 driver Enrique Bernoldi and with Tin Bikic, their relations are interrupted. To him it's also the most important that she is far away from Bikic!
I'm very happy about this!
I hope that Jelena will take this seriously! Good luck!