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Erika_Angel
Dec 5th, 2005, 02:33 AM
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Dokic inspired by Pierce
By John Salvado
December 5, 2005
www.foxsports.com.au

JELENA Dokic will draw inspiration from Mary Pierce as she attempts to resurrect her flagging tennis career as an Australian.

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Back on court ... Dokic practises at Melbourne Park today. Pic: AAP

Almost five years since fleeing the country in a whirlwind of controversy after her father Damir claimed the draw for the 2001 Australian Open was rigged against her, Dokic returned to the practice courts at Melbourne Park today.

Now a lowly No.349 in the world rankings, 22-year-old Dokic hopes to earn a wildcard to the first grand slam tournament of 2006 in a qualifying event later this month.

But even if she comes up short, tournament organisers are certain to give the former Wimbledon semi-finalist a wildcard.

Dokic, who was once ranked as high as No.4, said she was not under-estimating how difficult it would be to again reach the heights.

Now estranged from her controversial father and former coach Damir, Dokic planned to draw from the example of French veteran Pierce, who was once forced to take out a restraining order against her father and ex-coach Jim.

After several years in the doldrums when her year-end ranking slipped as low as No.130 in 2001, Pierce was able to come back and reach the French and US Open finals this year and finished the season ranked in the top five at the age of 30.

"I can play so much more relaxed now and enjoy it so much more," Dokic said today.

"I've already proved that I can play well, I've had good results so now I can just enjoy my tennis, enjoy every shot I play.

"Mary Pierce has done that so she has been a very big inspiration for the last year because she's done exactly that and maybe having a similar situation to me."

Dokic said it was a long time since she had spoken to her father and she was unconcerned by his contention that her career was over.

"We have very different views on pretty much everything in life and that includes tennis and this decision to come back which he made to leave," she said.

"He's my father, he's family, but we don't agree on those things . . . so when it's that way you can't work with that kind of person."

Now based in Monte Carlo, she still keeps in contact with her mother and younger brother Savo, although they don't discuss her career.

Dokic stressed several times today that it was Damir who made the decision for the family to return to Serbia in 2001.

"I did want to come back two years ago but I was a little bit afraid of the reaction of the people and the players," she said.

"But so far everyone I have had to deal with and speak to has been very supportive.

"I am expecting (there to be) people who will not agree with me and understand my situation but that is OK.

"I am here to earn respect again from the players tennis-wise and from the people as well."

"What happened before, looking back now I don't agree with that and I would really like to make up for that," she added.

"I want to look forward, play for Australia, be Australian and get my career back on track."

Although Dokic is free to once again represent Australia in tournaments, she will have to serve a two-year eligibility period for the Fed Cup, as she played under the flag of Serbia and Montenegro last year.

Australian Open chief executive Paul McNamee - who admitted he had all but given up hope of Dokic ever returning to Australia after her last-minute about-face two years ago - cautioned against expecting too much too soon.

"It's a long way back from that ranking so I think in terms of the tennis it's a pretty long haul," he said.

"She seems to have the fire in her belly and the eye of the tiger though, which is a good sign.

"We're certainly giving her a chance and we hope other people do too."

Dokic will make her competitive comeback in tournaments in Auckland and Canberra in early January.

PointBlank
Dec 5th, 2005, 02:34 AM
Isnt it a little hott in Australia for sweat pants?

Erika_Angel
Dec 5th, 2005, 02:42 AM
I Know we arn't allowed to post G*tty images, but I'm not sure about app images.
If disallowed admins please edit my post for me :)

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rada
Dec 5th, 2005, 02:48 AM
:)

K-Dog
Dec 5th, 2005, 02:57 AM
Wow, she hasn't been out in the sun much lately. I'm sure she'll be tan once the season starts, but that's the lightest I've ever seen her. Good luck to her on her comeback just like with Jennifer, Hingis, and Chanda next year as well.

crazyroberto6767
Dec 5th, 2005, 03:13 AM
Mary is an inspiration to a lot of players it seems :). She looks really nice, a bit pale I agree but I like her new hair color. Her eyes are amazing :hearts:. Can't wait for her to be back.

Wannabeknowitall
Dec 5th, 2005, 03:19 AM
I'm happy that she is taking inspiration from Mary.
I hope she takes that inspiration full on because Dokic looks to be a bit bigger than I remember seeing her.
She look particularly bigger around the waist area. Not that I mind. :)

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 5th, 2005, 03:35 AM
I am so happy she is trying to be back.. :)

ivanovic
Dec 5th, 2005, 04:32 AM
Yeah its boiling hot in Aus what is she doing in those pants - but she's cool - good one her - hope she does a Maru Pierce in 2006.

Who was she hitting with - has she got a couch or someone??

Erika_Angel
Dec 5th, 2005, 04:41 AM
Yeah its boiling hot in Aus what is she doing in those pants - but she's cool - good one her - hope she does a Maru Pierce in 2006.

Who was she hitting with - has she got a couch or someone??

Hitting with Olivia L.

~MaRt~HiNgIs~F@N
Dec 5th, 2005, 04:44 AM
Its Soo Good To See Jelena Back In Australia Where She Belongs....

Erika_Angel
Dec 5th, 2005, 05:17 AM
Jelena steps out at Melbourne Park
December 5, 2005
www.tennisaustralia.com.au

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Melbourne Park, December 5 – Jelena Dokic has begun preparations for the summer of tennis with her first hit since arriving in Australia at Melbourne Park today.

The former world No.4 arrived in Melbourne on Saturday night set to make a fresh start playing under the Australian flag.

Dokic will take part in the Australian Open Training Camp run by Tennis Australia beginning on Wednesday aimed at preparing Australia’s top players for the summer. She will then participate in the Australian Open wildcard play-off, which grants the winner a main draw wildcard.

The 22-year-old said she was looking forward to getting her career back on track beginning in Australia.

"I believe in myself. I’ve trained hard to get to this stage again and I definitely think I can get back," Dokic said. "I’m really motivated again. It’s a lot harder to come back than to come up but if I can do it I think I’ll be a stronger player.

"Being here and training for a month will help me out a lot. Training with the girls and the guys and doing this camp will help me a lot and then I get some wildcards and hopefully I can do well at the beginning of the circuit."

Dokic will head to Auckland after Christmas for her first tournament on the WTA Tour since May this year, before returning to Australia to play in the Richard Luton Properties Canberra International where she has been given a wildcard.

So far her reception in Australia had been positive, she said.

"Everybody who I have to deal with so far has been really good," she said. "I’m here to earn the respect again from players tennis-wise and from the people as well.

"I came here a month early to practise and to try to fit in and hopefully it will all go well."

Dokic said she was happy to be back in Australian surrounds and said the first thing she did was indulge in some Aussie favourites.

"I eat some Tim Tams," she joked. "I miss that. I miss a lot of things. The city has been great. We wanted to take in some sights on the weekend and I will do some more of that in the next few days."

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Jelena gets ready for a practise session against Melbournian Lauren Breadmore at Melbourne Park today.

Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee said it would be a tough road but he was confident she would get back.

"The expectations shouldn’t be too high," McNamee said. "It’s a long way back from that ranking. But she has the eye of the tiger and the fire in her belly, which is a good sign.

Dokic, who represented Australia in the Olympics, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup, is back in Australia for the first time since 2001 when her father took the family overseas in a highly publicised departure.

The move comes after a two-year period of changes in her personal life, which has seen her ranking freefall from a career high of world No.4 in August 2002 to its current mark of 349.

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Jelena Dokic: "I think I can get back".

The Australian Open Training Camp begins on Wednesday at Melbourne Park, involving Australia's leading players. It concludes with an Australian Open Wildcard Play-Off in which 16 of the top men and 16 women will compete for a main draw wildcard into the Australian Open.

Rohin.
Dec 5th, 2005, 05:28 AM
:worship: Jelena :hug:

good luck!!

RVD
Dec 5th, 2005, 05:47 AM
It's good to hear that Jelena is inspired and motivated.
I would love to see her at the top of her game once again. :bounce:
Go get em girl! :D

LostGlory
Dec 5th, 2005, 05:57 AM
Yeah its boiling hot in Aus what is she doing in those pants - but she's cool - good one her - hope she does a Maru Pierce in 2006.

Who was she hitting with - has she got a couch or someone??

Well maybe she is waiting for some sponsors to donate some stuff, she was in Serbia and it is pretty cold there.....and she hasn't been earning alot of money so maybe things are tite....I hope she really has the desire to practise and be in the top elites of the game.....

2006 seems pretty exciting for tennis....

dania
Dec 5th, 2005, 06:01 AM
You chose a great role model,good luck,you can do it.

Wojtek
Dec 5th, 2005, 06:54 AM
Go Dokic

Sharapova's_Boy
Dec 5th, 2005, 07:07 AM
Just saw her on the news, she seemed to be hitting ok. :hearts:

gsm
Dec 5th, 2005, 07:14 AM
Well maybe she is waiting for some sponsors to donate some stuff, she was in Serbia and it is pretty cold there.....and she hasn't been earning alot of money so maybe things are tite....I hope she really has the desire to practise and be in the top elites of the game.....

2006 seems pretty exciting for tennis....
i am not paying you out, but;

:lol: :lol: :lol: , cant afford a pair of pants :lol: :lol: :lol:

and yes i am also excited about 2006, cant wait!

dinhd82
Dec 5th, 2005, 07:16 AM
u go Jelena, u go and get to where u know u belong!! u do whatever it takes!

F-R-E-A-K
Dec 5th, 2005, 07:24 AM
She desperately needs a Tan, although she's looking good. :kiss:

Good Luck Jelena :hearts:

vutt
Dec 5th, 2005, 07:26 AM
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Who said Ozzies(and media) do not care ;)

katrientje
Dec 5th, 2005, 08:15 AM
good luck Jelena, I'll be rooting for you. You deserve a succesful comeback

améliemomo
Dec 5th, 2005, 08:20 AM
good luck to her.

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Dec 5th, 2005, 09:11 AM
its getting more and more exciting as it gets closer im hoping for a great start to the year i think she can win the training camp if shes prepared enough

tumbleweed
Dec 5th, 2005, 09:50 AM
is her dad with her in Oz? :tape:

Martian KC
Dec 5th, 2005, 10:00 AM
I hope she is happier.:)

Erika_Angel
Dec 5th, 2005, 12:29 PM
Open wildcard waiting for Dokic
By Linda Pearce
December 6, 2005
www.smh.com.au

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JELENA Dokic seems virtually assured of a main draw wildcard into next month's Australian Open, despite the fact she has not played here since 2001 and chose to represent Serbia and Montenegro in Fed Cup competition last year.

Dokic will compete for the women's wildcard on offer at the end of the Australian Open training camp, which starts tomorrow at Melbourne Park.

But if that avenue fails, tournament chief executive Paul McNamee hinted that Dokic was likely to receive one of the four discretionary invitations still to be allocated.

"We're not making any more decisions on wildcards until after the play-offs and [we] see how everyone's going, but the signs are she's in good shape," McNamee said yesterday after Dokic's first practice hit since her return to Australia on Saturday.

"Like any other tournament director, she's the sort of player you'd want to have in your tournament; she brings a lot to the tournament. But we have to see what happens."

Asked about the political delicacies of such a situation, and the potential to upset local players whose rankings are also too low to permit direct entry into the Open, McNamee said: "You have it all the time. You have it with guys like Mark Philippoussis and a lot of other players.

"You do get some credit for what you've done before in the sport. She's been as high as four in the world and was a couple of points from playing off for a gold medal for Australia in the Sydney Olympics, so she's done a fair bit. The question mark was, would she be here? How fit is she and how's she hitting the ball … so far, from what I've seen, pretty good."

Dokic, the 22-year-old ranked 345 places below her career peak of No.4, which she reached in 2002, has been granted wildcards for the Open warm-up tournaments in Auckland and Canberra. She said her priority was to succeed in the play-off, but was unsure what would happen if she failed.

"That's not my decision," she said. "So far I had a lot of support from the tournaments before, so I'm here to earn one first. If I don't, hopefully I'll get one, but that's still a long way away."

Wildcards are decided by selectors including player development director Craig Tiley and Academy head coach Jason Stoltenberg. Of the eight available to women, one is swapped with the French federation, another is given to the winner of the Asian championships, and Perth's Casey Dellacqua won her main draw place as the best-performed player on the Kia Pro Tour.

One of Dokic's former coaches, Craig Miller, said it was impossible to please everybody during the annual wildcard deliberations. "I'm sure the ones that missed out won't be happy," said Miller, also a former national men's coach.

" I think Jelena's got a proven ability to be able to go a long way into a tournament, and I think from that point of view it would be a shame not to give her that opportunity."

Although doubles specialist Rennae Stubbs is among those who have been critical of her former Fed Cup teammate's return, [b]another of Dokic's former coaches, Lesley Bowrey, said a wildcard was both appropriate and deserved.

"She was No.1 for Australia and they've got to give her the opportunity to do that again," Bowrey said.

"It was like when I first picked her for Fed Cup at 15 and the girls were a little bit edgy about her playing, but she won both her singles and proved herself. They have to accept that she's a top player, what happened wasn't her fault, and we need her back."

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In a lengthy interview yesterday, Dokic admitted she had no coach and no endorsement deals, spoke of her estrangement from her father, her nervousness about the reception she would receive in Australia, and her regrets about the circumstances of her departure, which she reiterated were out of her control.

auntie janie
Dec 5th, 2005, 12:50 PM
Hope that is not true about Rennae. :(

Williams Rulez
Dec 5th, 2005, 01:05 PM
i hope all goes well for this girl... boy do i miss her...

jd4eva
Dec 5th, 2005, 01:05 PM
Hope that is not true about Rennae. :(

Yep it is. I find it funny more than offensive though. I mean Rennae has to keep herself in the news somehow doesn't she?

On another note: The wtatour.com site has changed Jelena's nationality on her profile and the rankings to AUS. So I think it's pretty much official and confirmed now.

Wojtek
Dec 5th, 2005, 01:28 PM
I haven't seen Dokic in tv since last year Us Open. I hope she will get WC in AO.

Ambrosia
Dec 5th, 2005, 06:14 PM
Good for Jelena! :D She's only 22? :eek: She seems to have been around forever!

WhatTheDeuce
Dec 5th, 2005, 06:28 PM
I'm so excited for Jelena :hearts:

bellascarlett
Dec 5th, 2005, 07:01 PM
I'm certain she'll get a wc if she needs one. I really also hope she does well and eventually fulfills her potential. She really deserves a second chance and if she works hard, a more successful tennis career.

King Aaron
Dec 5th, 2005, 07:05 PM
:hearts: :D It's great to see her being positive and I'm so happy there are pictures of her. ;)

I hope she gets some endorsement deals soon.

©@®eLess
Dec 5th, 2005, 07:08 PM
at least she tried to make a smile!

"Open wildcard waiting for Dokic
By Linda Pearce
December 6, 2005
www.smh.com.au



JELENA Dokic seems virtually assured of a main draw wildcard into next month's Australian Open, despite the fact she has not played here since 2001 and chose to represent Serbia and Montenegro in Fed Cup competition last year"


WTF-did they forget she reached no.4 platying for Serbia!!!!!
And why do Aussie media treat Serbia-Montenegro that poorly- who do they think they are! They should all not forget they all come from criminals and prisioners England sent there! Even my builiding is older then that country! Respect for Serbia- it's not our fault her parents are brainless idiots!

Tennace
Dec 5th, 2005, 07:10 PM
I hope Jelena can ignore the media as much as possible. Their questions might really mess up her focus on coming back to the top. Go JELENA!`

wipeout
Dec 5th, 2005, 10:40 PM
Good for Jelena! :D She's only 22? :eek: She seems to have been around forever!

Hehe... I know what you mean, it's like Kim is only 22 as well. :D

the cat
Dec 5th, 2005, 10:50 PM
Good luck to Jelan in her comeback to the WTA Tour. :) I hope she has the drive and focus she needs to make a successful comeback.

Derek.
Dec 5th, 2005, 10:58 PM
This is great. I'm really excited for her. :D

CrossCourt~Rally
Dec 5th, 2005, 11:33 PM
:woohoo:

switz
Dec 6th, 2005, 12:53 AM
at least she tried to make a smile!

"Open wildcard waiting for Dokic
By Linda Pearce
December 6, 2005
www.smh.com.au



JELENA Dokic seems virtually assured of a main draw wildcard into next month's Australian Open, despite the fact she has not played here since 2001 and chose to represent Serbia and Montenegro in Fed Cup competition last year"


WTF-did they forget she reached no.4 platying for Serbia!!!!!
And why do Aussie media treat Serbia-Montenegro that poorly- who do they think they are! They should all not forget they all come from criminals and prisioners England sent there! Even my builiding is older then that country! Respect for Serbia- it's not our fault her parents are brainless idiots!

calm down. yes we all came from criminals and you're all war criminals :rolleyes:

Hant11
Dec 6th, 2005, 01:12 AM
Its Soo Good To See Jelena Back In Australia Where She Belongs....

i'm so happy for jelena :D

cameron
Dec 6th, 2005, 02:14 AM
Hopefully Jelena can handle some of the negative press and attention that will come her way and rise above it and show everyone just how good a tennis player she can be.

Havok
Dec 6th, 2005, 03:20 AM
Jelena :D. Finally glad to see fresh pics of her and to see her smile again :worship:.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Dec 6th, 2005, 03:45 AM
I hope I can get to see her play.

vutt
Dec 6th, 2005, 08:00 AM
...They should all not forget they all come from criminals and prisioners England sent there!

That sounds like direct quote from Damir lexicon. :eek:
I hope not all Serbians are like you and Damir...

bmxbandit
Dec 7th, 2005, 02:29 AM
That sounds like direct quote from Damir lexicon. :eek:
I hope not all Serbians are like you and Damir...

I'm not :hug: