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MilanDokic
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:22 PM
Jelena is an AUSTRALIAN again!
By LEO SCHLINK - The Daily Telegraph (30.11.2005.)

Dokic takes control of future

JELENA Dokic's tennis exile is over. Dokic, 22, will return to Australia on Saturday, intent on rebuilding a shattered career, free from her dominating father Damir.

The former world No.4, now languishing at 349th, wants to contest the Australian Open in January as an Australian.

Dokic will leave Zagreb on Friday to forge a fresh start to a broken career - and life - after turning her back on Australia four years ago.

Despite playing Fed Cup last year for Serbia and Montenegro, Belgrade-born Dokic insists her loyalties are with her adopted country.

Under International Tennis Federation regulations, Australian citizen Dokic is free to play under the Australian flag at grand slams and other tournaments. "I am an Australian, I feel like an Australian and I want to play for Australia again," she said yesterday.

"Australia is such a great country, the people are amazing. I had tremendous support from a lot of people, I loved playing Fed Cup, it was a great experience for me, I got along with everyone.

"I never got rid of my Australian nationality, I'm ready to be Australian again - there would be no point going back if I didn't feel Australian.

"I made a really good connection with so many people when I was at Tennis Australia and I'd like to have that feeling again.

"I'll try my best, this is not an easy step to take for either side and I don't know what to expect. I would like to return to the top 10 or 20 but that takes time and I'm fine with that.

"Maybe I'm not at such a disadvantage because I feel very eager again on the court."

Dokic is no longer on speaking terms with her volcanic father and former coach Damir and maintains only irregular contact with her mother Liliana.

Damir Dokic is one of the most reviled figures in international tennis because of a series of ugly, drunken confrontations. He ordered his daughter to abandon Australia in 2001 after repeatedly accusing Australian Open officials of rigging the draw and the family relocated to Serbia.

Dokic, who has been living in Croatia with her boyfriend, blames her father for many of the problems that have blighted her career.

"What happened before I had no control over, the decisions weren't made by me," Dokic admitted.

"This is a decision [to return to Australia] I am making.

"I wanted to go back before but I was a little afraid of what reception I'd receive.

"Everyone will have their opinion and I cannot know how much will be positive or negative, but I owe a lot to so many people in Australia.

"It is where I belong."

Dokic and her family fled war-ravaged Yugoslavia in 1994 to settle in Sydney.

The nimble baseliner was quickly spotted as a future star and guided through the Australian system by coaches Craig Miller, Lesley Bowrey and Tony Roche.

Glories soon flowed with an appearance at the Wimbledon semi-finals, WTA titles and the seemingly inevitable rise to grand slam honours.

But Damir Dokic's inexcusable antics - behaviour that led to a six-month ban from tournaments after his fight over the price of a plate of fish at the US Open - formed a suffocating millstone.

As rumours of physical and mental abuse shadowed Dokic's performances, the former prodigy finally succumbed.

"I was upset with what happened before," Dokic said.

"I had problems off court which I think I dealt with pretty well.

"There just comes a point when you have had enough. If you train for 10 hours a day and you aren't happy, you cannot perform.

"My father and I have completely different ideas, we aren't on the same wavelength. I am not able to live with him or to work with him.

"When you are in that situation, you can survive for a certain period of time but then it has to end.

"It is like that with a coach, but it is so much tougher when it is family. You cannot change that."

Dokic again wallowed this season, dropping to the secondary Challenger circuit. But she has vowed to regroup, identifying the Australian Open training camp at Melbourne Park next month as a launching pad.

"I haven't been ready to play before but I've been training hard recently and though I know it won't come back easily for me, I have nothing to lose," she said.

Scarred by the past, Dokic has no doubt the tumult that wrecked a fine career will ultimately help her.

"I am so much stronger in my mind and hopefully that will help with my tennis as well. I carried an enormous amount of pressure on my shoulders before but I'm free of that now.

"I finally feel happy and good about my life."

Attention: Jelena Dokic LiVE will continue with hard working and when Jelena becomes an Australian!

jimbo mack
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:23 PM
this is old news, catch up :p

j/k

köj-è
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:23 PM
good for her :D good for Australia!! :D

Bubba08
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:30 PM
Good luck Jelena. :wavey:

vutt
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:31 PM
LOL! Even Alicia welcomes her back!
source: http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,17410142%255E3162,00.html

Molik, McNamee support return
Leo Schlink
30nov05

ALICIA Molik and Paul McNamee have welcomed Jelena Dokic's return to Australia.


Molik, recovering from inner ear virus vestibular neuronitis, said Dokic would star again once restored to the Australian fold.

"I think it's in Jelena's best interests to move back to Australia," Molik said.

"She's spoken about it a lot. I actually bumped into Jelena a number of months ago. We were crossing paths. We had a very good chat at Dubai Airport.

"I think she played some of her best tennis when she played for Australia and I think Australia is a country where it's very easy to make friends. Australians are very good at embracing and especially successful people."

Australian Open chief executive officer McNamee is equally positive about Dokic's relocation.

"We've always been hoping this would happen," he said.

"The door was always left open for Jelena and I nearly fell off my chair :lol: three months ago when the phone rang and it was Jelena saying she wanted to come back.

"There's a real sense of relief. It's been a long time, five years."

McNamee confirmed Dokic would compete for a wildcard at the Australian Open training camp playoffs at Melbourne Park next month.

Natasha250688
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:32 PM
Good luck and goodbye from my signature :wavey:

Penglover
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:33 PM
because of alicia... sighs :rolleyes:

CooCooCachoo
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:38 PM
:eek:

Why are they letting her change again? I don't understand.

Oh well, I hope it brings her everything she expects.

Freakan
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:39 PM
"I finally feel happy and good about my life."



And this is the only thing that is really important :D
Good luck Jelena! :bounce:

Mafia_Sharapova
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:42 PM
good luck Jelena :bounce:

Carmen Mairena
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:49 PM
I think that Jelena's words speak for themselves. She seems happy to make a decision by herself and not by her father. Hopefully that man keeps away for real, Jelena needs a life and maybe Australia will be the right place to start up things again.

Good luck Jelena! :kiss: Love to see you happy and hungry again! :yeah:

AsGoodAsNew
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:59 PM
I think that Jelena's words speak for themselves. She seems happy to make a decision by herself and not by her father. Hopefully that man keeps away for real, Jelena needs a life and maybe Australia will be the right place to start up things again.

Good luck Jelena! :kiss: Love to see you happy and hungry again! :yeah:
I agree it would be great to see her back. But if it doesn't work out (her return to tennis) she better not quit Australia again - think what it would make her look like.

Tennace
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:09 PM
YAY Jelena win the Aussie Open!

WhatTheDeuce
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:09 PM
OMG, second peice of amazing news today

AJMO JELENA!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Dinkie
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:12 PM
What great news: first Martina back on tour, then Jelena back in Oz, wonderful, go girls!! And please bring Anna K. with you!!

Europe rocks
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:14 PM
As long as Jelena is happy and starts winning, I don't mind which nation she plays for (please play for Britain - we love you!)

new-york
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:15 PM
well, good luck.

RAA
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:19 PM
i'm so glad to hear she is making a positive change for herself. she needs to put as many miles between her and her father as she can. hopefully this will give her the fresh start she needs.

Rtael
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:19 PM
Good for you Jelena! Here's hoping you make it back to the top 100! :woohoo:

Steve-o
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:27 PM
It's good to see her happy and back on track :bounce:

WhatTheDeuce
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:30 PM
Bumpo

AJMO JELENA :hearts:

auntie janie
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:39 PM
What great news: first Martina back on tour, then Jelena back in Oz, wonderful, go girls!! And please bring Anna K. with you!!

Maybe AK could come back as a trophy presenter! She loves doing that! ;) If you want to see her on a court in a WTA event, that's your best chance by far.

switz
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:45 PM
really happy to read her say these things for herself. she sounds so much more mature these days and i to believe she's gone through a lot and has handled it really well even if her results have suffered.

Joana
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:53 PM
Good.

auntie janie
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:54 PM
really happy to read her say these things for herself ...

I know! I hope this means we will NEVER hear about Jelena through Damir again. Time for him to return to private life (please!!!)

I'm psyched that Jelena will be surrounded by supportive people again at last. Not to mention people who really know TENNIS, who can help her build her game and fitness, and help her get her confidence back.

This is my favorite part: "I finally feel happy ... " For so long it seemed like we'd never hear such beautiful words from JD. Best of luck to her in her new life. :kiss:

Andy.
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:06 PM
Goodnews all round today i hope Jelena can work hard and get back to a good level again.

F-R-E-A-K
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:08 PM
Jelena & Martina both return in 2006 :hearts:

OMG Brilliant! :woohoo:

Derek.
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:13 PM
Go Jelly! :banana:

Derek.
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:14 PM
Good luck and goodbye from my signature :wavey:

That's stupid.

PointBlank
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:19 PM
:hearts:.

Sabazius
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:23 PM
Awesomeness :hearts: Way to go Jelena :yeah:

Sharapova's_Boy
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:34 PM
Good luck Jelena. :yeah:

JulesVerne
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:40 PM
Hope the Australian public will except her. :)

Scotso
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:50 PM
make up your mind :rolleyes:

hablo
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:50 PM
well good luck to her.

switz
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:19 PM
i really believe the Australian public will in general get behind her - especially considering the amount of press she has had today in all major newspapers and how she has expressed her feelings.

AK-DH Fan
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:38 PM
Great:) I'm prowd of her. It looks like she's really starting to take control of her life. GO Jelena :)!!!!!!

ivanovic
Nov 30th, 2005, 12:23 AM
NOW we just need Kournikova and maybe Capriati to return and the old gang is back.

SpikeyAidanm
Nov 30th, 2005, 12:35 AM
my Dad's gonna be stoked when he finds out lol, I've been a Dokic fan ever since she played Halard Decugis in Pattaya which was even before the Hopman Cup 1999 so I've been there for her for her whole career and you have no idea how happy I am now :D :woohoo:

martinafan
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:00 AM
Jelena :bounce: :hearts:

Just glad to hear that she's happy with her life now! :D Hopefully she can bring that onto the court!

Martina and Jelena back! WOW! My top two faves!!!!! WOW! :bounce: :worship: :hearts: :kiss: I'm sooooo happy! :D

martinafan
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:03 AM
my Dad's gonna be stoked when he finds out lol, I've been a Dokic fan ever since she played Halard Decugis in Pattaya which was even before the Hopman Cup 1999 so I've been there for her for her whole career and you have no idea how happy I am now :D :woohoo:

I too have been a fan of Jelena's forever.....i remember seeing the result of that halard-decugis match and being sooo happy....and following her through 1999 when she went to Bogota and everything and was playing doubles with like Gorrachategui ;) lol......gee that was a while ago!

GO JELENA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

venus_rulez
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:28 AM
This is so nice to hear from Jelena. I hope she can ressurect her career at least somewhat, but really the important thing is that she's happy. Good things can only follow. Good luck Jelena and good luck in 2006! :)

Rohin.
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:34 AM
Good luck Jelena!! :hug::hug:

SpikeyAidanm
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:37 AM
I watched Dokic live for the first time in 1998 when she played Prakusya in the Aus Open Juniors :D

switz
Nov 30th, 2005, 02:37 AM
everything is falling into place. Dokic is back, along with the other Swiss Miss and Nutty is at a career high. Now all we need to another Chanda comeback and everyone will be happy!!

Buitenzorg
Nov 30th, 2005, 02:42 AM
Make up your bloody mind Jelena :eek:

Molik is better player than her at the moment anyway!

DaNieLa RoCkZ
Nov 30th, 2005, 03:23 AM
Hopefully Australia will give her a Wildcard into the Australian Open as Well!! :hearts: This is great news!! I cant wait to see Jelena doing well again!

beauty_is_pink
Nov 30th, 2005, 03:24 AM
Jelena :D
I hope all is going well for you now :hug:

LTT
Nov 30th, 2005, 03:29 AM
Jelena :woohoo: :inlove:

charmedRic
Nov 30th, 2005, 03:29 AM
Best Of Luck Miss Dokic.

ivanovic
Nov 30th, 2005, 03:44 AM
Dokic and Ana Ivanovic may practice together in Melbourne seeing that they are both arriving in few days and are both staying in Melb. and will probably train at Melbourne Park.

Nicky2002
Nov 30th, 2005, 04:59 AM
i don't think people will support her as much as they used to but good luck to her.

http://theage.com.au/polls/sport/results.html

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:17 AM
Hope the Australian public will except her. :)

I won't...my Mum also won't, and most people at my work won't! :wavey:

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:18 AM
everything is falling into place. Dokic is back, along with the other Swiss Miss and Nutty is at a career high. Now all we need to another Chanda comeback and everyone will be happy!!

not exactly! ;)

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:19 AM
Make up your bloody mind Jelena :eek:

Molik is better player than her at the moment anyway!

:lol: Even when she's not playing? ;)

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:19 AM
i don't think people will support her as much as they used to but good luck to her.

http://theage.com.au/polls/sport/results.html

I've been saying that, but people didn't wanna lsten. ;)

CooCooCachoo
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:31 AM
I won't...my Mum also won't, and most people at my work won't! :wavey:

Would have been my sentiments too ;)

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:37 AM
Would have been my sentiments too ;)

yeah...I know Martian Stacey who posts on here is also not keen on Jelena... even my Mum said at dinner that she'd cheer for Jelena's opponant! :eek: And mum doesn't even follow tennis that much! :lol:

CooCooCachoo
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:42 AM
yeah...I know Martian Stacey who posts on here is also not keen on Jelena... even my Mum said at dinner that she'd cheer for Jelena's opponant! :eek: And mum doesn't even follow tennis that much! :lol:

Yeah. I have never been a fan, but I think yoyo-ing between two nationalities is just disrespectful to both countries who have obviously done a lot for the Dokic family and have been maltreated as a thank you.

Don't get me wrong; I wish her all the best. And I know that, in good shape, she can crack the Top 20 again, so she is a valuable addition to the WTA Tour. It's not her I disapprove of, but her actions.

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:45 AM
Yeah. I have never been a fan, but I think yoyo-ing between two nationalities is just disrespectful to both countries who have obviously done a lot for the Dokic family and have been maltreated as a thank you.

Don't get me wrong; I wish her all the best. And I know that, in good shape, she can crack the Top 20 again, so she is a valuable addition to the WTA Tour. It's not her I disapprove of, but her actions.

Alot of people here don't like the fact that she basically threw everything back in "our" faces (plus it didn't help that her Dad basically shat on our country). ;)

She may make top 20 again. we'll see. I just won't be cheering for her. If she gets there, good for her, but...doesn't mean anything to me if she does.

Wojtek
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:46 AM
I won't...my Mum also won't, and most people at my work won't! :wavey:


Whatever

vutt
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:47 AM
Well while reading last few post by inky and coco one ancient arabic saying came into my mind:

Let the dogs bark; the caravan must move on. ;)

Rising Sun
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:47 AM
I just wonder if tennis officials in Australia would be this accomodating if Alicia isn't on hiatus right now.

The fact that Jelena's already getting WCs annoy me. She needs to earn them... :(

Wojtek
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:47 AM
Alot of people here don't like the fact that she basically threw everything back in "our" faces (plus it didn't help that her Dad basically shat on our country). ;)

.

Again, again, again :lol: :lol: :lol: People here :tape:

Get a life - wtaworld isn't whole world.

Wojtek
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:48 AM
Well while reading last few post one ancient arabic saying came into my mind:
Let the dogs bark; the caravan must move on. :;):


inkymisafan posted her shits about Jelena few times. Nothing new.

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:50 AM
I just wonder if tennis officials in Australia would be this accomodating if Alicia isn't on hiatus right now.

The fact that Jelena's already getting WCs annoy me. She needs to earn them... :(

well she is gonna play the play offs for AO WC right? I read that in the paper...I'm glad she's not just gonna get one (although I guess she still could even if she didn't win that play offs). ;)

Sash1
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:51 AM
Obviously not good for S&M to lose Jelena, but I think this is a good decision and finally I hope Jelena will be back where she belongs :)

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:51 AM
Well while reading last few post by inky and coco one ancient arabic saying came into my mind:

Let the dogs bark; the caravan must move on. ;)

yeah - as I said...if she gets back to playing at her peak, good for her. Just I won't be cheering for her. :shrug: I don't have to like the fact that she's coming to play for Australia again...

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:57 AM
yay i cant wait to see her play again and am so glad shes happy and away from her cockhead of a father.

now all we need is Alicia to get better and we will have to Top10 Aussies yay :bounce:

Rtael
Nov 30th, 2005, 09:03 AM
yeah - as I said...if she gets back to playing at her peak, good for her. Just I won't be cheering for her. :shrug: I don't have to like the fact that she's coming to play for Australia again...


You're pathetic. "I hate you because your father's an asshole." That's a load of crap.

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 09:05 AM
You're pathetic. "I hate you because your father's an asshole." That's a load of crap.

Where did I say I hate her coz her fathers an asshole? I hate her father more, but I don't like her either... and I am allowed to have my opinions, whether you think they are pathetic or not...thanks for the bad rep btw... one coming right back at ya! :wavey:

Rising Sun
Nov 30th, 2005, 09:25 AM
well she is gonna play the play offs for AO WC right? I read that in the paper...I'm glad she's not just gonna get one (although I guess she still could even if she didn't win that play offs). ;)
Well, it looks like she's got one for Canberra at least. :confused:

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 09:29 AM
Well, it looks like she's got one for Canberra at least. :confused:

yeah, that seems to be right...

vutt
Nov 30th, 2005, 09:45 AM
Where did I say I hate her coz her fathers an asshole? I hate her father more, but I don't like her either... and I am allowed to have my opinions

That's the bad part of your personality. You just have to post every single Dokic related thread how you do not like her!

Little :tape: won't hurt you, don't you think?

Mr_Molik
Nov 30th, 2005, 09:53 AM
:woohoo:

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 10:00 AM
That's the bad part of your personality. You just have to post every single Dokic related thread how you do not like her!

Little :tape: won't hurt you, don't you think?

Not in every - I never visited her forum, and btw, this has to do with me, seeing as it's my country that she's coming back to, so why should i not post?

Smeagol
Nov 30th, 2005, 10:02 AM
I won't...my Mum also won't, and most people at my work won't! :wavey:

Who fucking cares what your Mother thinks? :lol:

Joana
Nov 30th, 2005, 10:03 AM
Obviously not good for S&M to lose Jelena

Most people really couldn't care less.

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 10:03 AM
Who fucking cares what your Mother thinks? :lol:

:lol: Me! :p And I was making the point that not everyone's happy that she's coming back to Aus! :p

Rtael
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:10 AM
Where did I say I hate her coz her fathers an asshole? I hate her father more, but I don't like her either... and I am allowed to have my opinions, whether you think they are pathetic or not...thanks for the bad rep btw... one coming right back at ya! :wavey:


:rolleyes: You obviously don't like her because she left Australia before, and that was her father's decision, not hers. If you can't see that, you're just being willingly blind.

King Aaron
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:13 AM
well she is gonna play the play offs for AO WC right? I read that in the paper...I'm glad she's not just gonna get one (although I guess she still could even if she didn't win that play offs). ;)
I think she's almost guaranteed a WC into the Aussie Open. She wouldn't be taking the Canberra WC and risk not being able to play a GS if she wasn't sure of getting in.

Alicia Rocks
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:25 AM
i heard on the news that if she dusnt win the playoff that she was going to get a qualifying wildcard
about 80% sure
but dont h8 me if im wrong (a)

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:27 AM
i heard on the news that if she dusnt win the playoff that she was going to get a qualifying wildcard
about 80% sure
but dont h8 me if im wrong (a)

well she probably would. I'm surprised that they don't give her a MD one anyway...

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:28 AM
:rolleyes: You obviously don't like her because she left Australia before, and that was her father's decision, not hers. If you can't see that, you're just being willingly blind.

Where did I say I ONLY don't like her because she left Australia? And hey, as I have said before, she has a brain...and yeah, alot of people are still pissed about how she and her family treated MY country... I am not willingly blind, I am entitled to my own opinions, which you will not change, and insulting me isn't gonna help your cause bud!

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:29 AM
I think she's almost guaranteed a WC into the Aussie Open. She wouldn't be taking the Canberra WC and risk not being able to play a GS if she wasn't sure of getting in.

yeah which is what I was trying to say - that even if she doesn't win the WC playoff, she'll most oikely get one anyway! ;)

Alicia Rocks
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:29 AM
well she probably would. I'm surprised that they don't give her a MD one anyway...

they prob will cuz they r sukin up 2 her lol

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:30 AM
they prob will cuz they r sukin up 2 her lol

:lol: yeah I know...

Alicia Rocks
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:33 AM
:lol: yeah I know...

i saw the interview and :rolleyes: they sound a bit desperate dont they lol

DutchieGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:34 AM
i saw the interview and :rolleyes: they sound a bit desperate dont they lol

:lol: Much... ;) But hey, with Alicia gone, they wanna show that Australia has some talent! :tape: :haha:

Alicia Rocks
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:39 AM
:lol: Much... ;) But hey, with Alicia gone, they wanna show that Australia has some talent! :tape: :haha:

hopfully stosur does something good in singles soon but i wont be holding my breath :tape:
BTW misa to win aus open ;)

King Aaron
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:48 AM
yeah which is what I was trying to say - that even if she doesn't win the WC playoff, she'll most oikely get one anyway! ;)
I would've preferred her not to have flip-flop with her nationality but if being Australian again will help her move on in both her life and tennis, I'm not one to complain. ;)

Buitenzorg
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:08 PM
:lol: Even when she's not playing? ;)

well at least Alicia is proud to be an AUSSIE not like Jelena keep changing her bloody nationality (when she's feel like it) :fiery: :mad: :o

JulesVerne
Nov 30th, 2005, 03:29 PM
yay i cant wait to see her play again and am so glad shes happy and away from her cockhead of a father.

now all we need is Alicia to get better and we will have to Top10 Aussies yay :bounce:

I guess her acceptance in Australia will depend on who they blame for her changing nationality. If they blame her father then it is easy to see that they may accept her again.

Australia is short of top/ potentially top players at the moment.

©@®eLess
Nov 30th, 2005, 03:34 PM
all i can say that her game and media coverage during 2001 and 2002 made some kids tak a tennis raquets, and who knows maybe there's another champion among them. Monika played for Yugoslavia and became an idol for Jankovic and Ivanovic, who knows maybe in few year there's gonna be a kid from Serbia who saw her as their idol! I hope she gets back where she belongs, and gets a happier life! Although hapiness is something we should create in our minds no matter of national origin! In a way she'll always be a Australian cause she lived there through her school years, and in a way she'll be a Serbia cause of her name and origin!

I wish you all the best

WhatTheDeuce
Nov 30th, 2005, 06:01 PM
I love how people act as if Jelena actually had a say in her decision to leave Australia in the first place. :rolleyes:

switz
Nov 30th, 2005, 07:59 PM
yes i'm not a huge fan of hers or anything but i find it so hard to see how a decent human being can look at Dokic's situation and dislike her for not standing up to her overbearing/violent father when she was a teenager. they really must have a deluded view of the world. it would be very interesting to see their reaction to their favourites if they were put in a similar position.

of course Dokic made mistakes etc but i think people should give her break because she's hasn't had it easy any time in her life.

blablabla
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:12 PM
In the history of the WTA Jelena reached number 4 in the World and was the best placed European during a very very tough and depressing time in Serbia's modern history.
The Australian "Federation" (if you can call it that... zmije) exploited her misery publicly and then made it their priority to rip her career to shreds.

Don't lose your Faith in Jelena. She's 110% Serb.

Ana Ivanovic/Jelena Jankovic/Jelena Dokic = SERBIAN DREAM TEAM

switz
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:33 PM
Don't lose your Faith in Jelena. She's 110% Serb.


:lol: that makes sense

blablabla
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:37 PM
that makes sense

yes it does and then some.

switz
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:40 PM
yes it does and then some.

she left the country and was coached and dated a Croat for a couple of years. very patriotic.

no offense meant to S&M btw - beautiful country

blablabla
Nov 30th, 2005, 09:00 PM
I think the JD story isn't finished yet.

Princess Sarah.
Nov 30th, 2005, 10:39 PM
yay about time she came back!

azdaja
Nov 30th, 2005, 10:53 PM
dated a Croat for a couple of years. very patriotic.

so, dating a croat = not patriotic?

i have to admit though, that would be a good reason to leave both serbia and croatia, because people there still need to get over it.

Philip
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:41 PM
:) Good Luck Jelena.. maybe in 2007 she can play Hopman cup again for Australia :)

fOxYLiCiOuS
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:59 PM
Jelena :)

louloubelle
Dec 1st, 2005, 01:26 AM
yes i'm not a huge fan of hers or anything but i find it so hard to see how a decent human being can look at Dokic's situation and dislike her for not standing up to her overbearing/violent father when she was a teenager. they really must have a deluded view of the world. it would be very interesting to see their reaction to their favourites if they were put in a similar position.

of course Dokic made mistakes etc but i think people should give her break because she's hasn't had it easy any time in her life.

Exactly!

Time will tell anyway. It's amazing how the public's viewpoints change when an out-of-favor star starts winning!

Listening to talk back radio in Melbourne, the reaction to her coming back is split. She is such a loose cannon anyway who knows whats she's gonna come up with. We have wait and see to whether she can earn the trust of the Aus public again.

The only positive is that she is playing the Australian tennis camp and playoff to try to earn her w/c. If she just rocked up in January with her hand held out then I wouldn't want a bar of her. Instead she's here and ready to embrace the system again well before time which is great.

I expect that if she hits any type of form she'll romp through the play-off. The competition is pretty thin, Evie has dissappeared from sight atm, Nicole struggling with a foot injury, Ferguson is still building her game..... I think it'll be hers.

switz
Dec 1st, 2005, 04:36 AM
so, dating a croat = not patriotic?

i have to admit though, that would be a good reason to leave both serbia and croatia, because people there still need to get over it.

not in my eyes but i'm sure it is in a high percentage of Serbs given their history.