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Dokic wont play Aussie Open ! she says its not worth it

Jelena Dokic has ruled out playing the Australian Open for at least five years, saying it's not worth it.



Dokic, 19, says she has no regrets about turning her back on Australia last year to play for her native Yugoslavia following a series of run-ins with Tennis Australia officials.

And while she enjoyed living in Australia for seven years, Dokic did not think she would play the Australian Open again.

"I don't think I will. It's not a priority but I don't think I'll ever be going back there," Dokic said after her first round US Open win over German Greta Arn today.

"I don't know what's going to happen in five years, but not right now, no.

"It is a Grand Slam, but I can do without that one. After everything that happened, that I had there, I don't think it's worth going back and playing the Australian Open."

Tennis Australia invested an estimated $500,000 in Dokic's development after her family emigrated from the former Serbia in 1994.

But she accused Tennis Australia officials of rigging the draw for the Australian Open in 2000 and announced she would no longer represent Australia after drawing Lindsay Davenport in the first round in 2001.

Despite describing playing at the Sydney Olympics for Australia as one of her career highlights, Dokic and her family left Australia last year - moving first to the USA and then to Belgrade.

Dokic's father Damir has indicated that a move to Great Britain may be in the cards.

But Dokic said she would continue to represent Yugoslavia.

"I think I've made up my mind who I'm playing for," she said.

Australia's top-ranked women's player Nicole Pratt said Dokic no longer spoke to the Australian players.

"It's disappointing, very disappointing. But we all move on, I guess," Pratt said.

Dokic said she had not talked to her father about the possible move to London.

The decision is taking a back seat to her preparations for the remainder of the tennis season.

"The decision hasn't been made - definitely not now and not any time soon," Dokic said.

"I'm definitely not going to think about that now. It's not a priority."

Having Belgrade as a home base is fine with Dokic, who admits she is seldom anywhere long enough to call it home.

"I love going there," Dokic said of Belgrade.

"Every time I have been there it has been great. I'm not there that much. I'm not in one place much at all. I don't have anywhere I really live."


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GeeeeZZ its a Grand Slam she should be there and happy to play it's time to put the past behind her and play for the Fans.
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It isn't like she is the first player to duck out of the Australian Open.

I don't agree with the practice, but Agassi among others used to do it.
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I like that she sticks to her principles.
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What she needs is more experience in GS matches not less. But whatever suits her.
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post #5 of 89 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 2002, 05:25 AM
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As a Dokic fan, I don't like the fact that she is going to be skipping one of the Slams every year, but what's done is done, and I'm sure she'll manage to keep on winning without plaing in Australia.

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I respect her decision and commend her for sticking to her guns. I think the draw that year wsa rigged as well. Hell I think all the slam draws are rigged. I mean come on this is tennis were talking about. And with tennis is politics and with that along comes money.

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post #7 of 89 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 2002, 06:34 AM
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Like anyone cares if Dokic plays in Australia. She and her family are ungrateful @sses. The thing about not speaking with Australian players is silly and dumb.
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post #8 of 89 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 2002, 07:03 AM
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it's Jelena's loss, not the Oz Open tournament. Surely, this GS could continue successfully without her presence.
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i agree FS well said
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post #10 of 89 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 2002, 07:23 AM
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I hope she has better reasons as this draw thing.
because then I have another reason to doubt her mind but then it's her life, I doubt the organisators cry about her not being there!

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Jelena seems to complain a lot like for example not being able to play center court (martina navratilova instead played on the center court). If you believe in yourself, no matter which draw you're in, you're gonna emerge the winner of the tournament.
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Her absence certainly isn't helping the Slam, to look at it differently.
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I wonder that if she won the French, Wimbledon, and the US if she would play it and go for the Slam.
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I can't see her winning any of the slams with that attitude of hers.
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Playing your best tennis at the same time as the Williams sisters are playing theirs means you need to have four chances a year to win a Slam not three. Plus the Aussie Open is the one that the Williams sisters have not yet mastered (til next year though I guess!).

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