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Edit:here it is http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis...863837025.html
THROUGH her fast-improving, if still modest, world ranking of 225, Jelena Dokic has played herself back into contention for renewed coaching support from Tennis Australia. Will she receive it? Maybe. Or maybe not.
Dokic's fierce public criticism of the failure to grant her an Australian Open wildcard this year may not have irreparably harmed her quest for support from the national federation, but nor was it her smartest career move.
"She didn't help (her cause)," Tennis Australia's director of player development Craig Tiley said. "Damage? I wouldn't say damage, but she didn't help it. She's an Australian player and I'd love to see her do well, and we would want to support her, but on certain terms."
European-based Dokic savaged Tennis Australia and accused the national selectors of a conflict of interest after losing in the second round of qualifying at Melbourne Park this year. The former Wimbledon semi-finalist also claimed she had accomplished more in the previous week than some of the local wildcard recipients had ever achieved.
Under Tennis Australia's athlete assistance policy, players aged under 23 who are ranked inside the world's top 250 automatically receive full Australian Institute of Sport scholarships, including coaching and travel assistance. Those over 23 may be eligible for coaching through wildcards decided by the national coaches — in the case of 25-year-old Dokic, AIS head coach Brent Larkham and Fed Cup captain David Taylor.
Peter Luczak, for example, pays his own travel expenses, but the 28-year-old Victorian is provided with coaching. Dokic is now theoretically eligible for help after a string of solid satellite-level results that have returned her to the national top 10.
"We ask the coaches to consider her, and based on her performance in the past and her attitude to the coaches, they'll consider it," Tiley said. "They watch every day, so they watch what's going on … in Jelena's case, we're happy she's doing well, 225 is good but not great, and it's a hard road but she's doing it, and when she gets to a higher point and we know that she's committed to it, then we can probably talk again."
Yet Tiley also warned that respectful athlete conduct was paramount "and if we have athletes that don't behave that way, we're really not interested in having them in our program, they can go and do their own thing". "I think Jelena showed that type of behaviour during the Australian Open and we won't support that, and I made it very clear to her that we won't support that, so she knows where we stand."
Promising teenagers Bernard Tomic and Brydan Klein have both been disciplined under Tennis Australia's commendable zero-tolerance behavioural policy, punished with suspensions and the temporary withdrawal of financial support. "It's part of growing up, and it's part of the journey, but you break the rules and you get punished," Tiley said. "It's pretty simple, it's black-and-white for me on that one, but I think they're learning and they're getting better."