View Full Version : The Jelena Story--What the hell happened?

Jun 17th, 2006, 07:48 AM
In 2001 and 2002, Jelena Dokic was a SOLID fixture in the top ten. She consistently held her seed week in and week out at nearly 30 tournaments a year, coming through with enough big wins to secure two or three tier one titles. Before that, she was a consistently improving junior who hung in the low twenties and high teens. Then, suddenly, she loses to Elena Bovina at the US Open 02, and we never hear from her again. She has that one good tournament in Zurich in 03 to keep her in the top thirty or fourty, but then falls to 500 something in the rankings, and can't get back up.

This is, to my knowledge, a unique story in tennis. Hantuchova was in the top ten for a year, and then had her fall, but that fall was only to no. 64, and Dani quickly worked her way back into the top thirty, and then back into the top twenty (where she belongs, IMHO.) Lucic comes to mind as someone who fell and never made it back, but she was only in the top fifty or so, and even that was a brief year or less in the limelight. Dokic was solid as a rock for two years, with flashes of brilliance for the two years before that. Clearly she has immense natural ability. How does a player with that much natural ability not manage to stay in the top 100 just on talent?

Jun 17th, 2006, 07:56 AM
A string of disappointing 1st or 2nd round exits commenced as she clearly suffered from severe loss of confidence. No longer a part of her life physically, her father continued to be a presence as he publically criticised her choices. At one stage, he termed her boyfriend Enrique Bernoldi, Formula One driver whom she lived with at the time, "an idiot".

In 2003, she hired Borna Bikić from Croatia to be her trainer (while simultanously dating his brother Tino), contrary to the wishes of her father Damir Dokic on both accounts. Her tennis suffered and her slide down the standings continued.

In mid-2004, Jelena returned to her family in Serbia, trying to put her life back in order and regain confidence. However, the attempt was unsuccesful and in November 2005, after a turbulent period of 4-5 months during which she cancelled all her tennis commitments and not even her family knew her whereabouts, she returned to Australia proclaiming, "I want to play for Australia again".

Source: Wikipedia

Carmen Mairena
Jun 17th, 2006, 08:15 AM
Jelena :hug:

Jun 17th, 2006, 08:34 AM
I think this shows that so much of tennis is about the heart and mind. Jelena was suffering, and her game fell apart because her inner world was in a state of turmoil. It is so devastating to "lose" a father's love, even a bad father's.

Jun 17th, 2006, 08:36 AM
poor Jelena

Jun 17th, 2006, 08:47 AM
Its all about her personal isues they sufferer so did her tennis she needs to be stable in life to be solid in tennis

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jun 17th, 2006, 08:55 AM



Jun 17th, 2006, 12:31 PM
This is, to my knowledge, a unique story in tennis.

What about Capriati? She also had many ups & downs in her career. Hope Jelena can follow Jennifer's path :yeah:

Jun 17th, 2006, 12:49 PM
Where is she now ?

Jun 17th, 2006, 01:01 PM
the proof that for tennis or any profession you need to have a level head. And she was not that solid , she had many signs of trouble and volatility and no ambition . Tennis was just something she did for living

Jun 17th, 2006, 01:11 PM
Jelena has had it tough for the last few years so she deserves everything she gets

Jun 17th, 2006, 01:12 PM
What about Capriati? She also had many ups & downs in her career. Hope Jelena can follow Jennifer's path :yeah:

Jennifer just quit playing Tennis at some point because she canīt stand the pressure any more in the mid-nineties. A few years later she dicided than, to give Tennis a second try and got wildcards to the bigger tournaments, she wanted to play.
As I know, Jennifer didnīt play Challenger and Qualifikations to come back or even lost in this challengers against player with rankings between 300 and 600.

Jelena didnīt suddenly quit completely, but get in a deep deep slump and couldnīt fight herself out of it. Some day, she found herself in Rankings between 300-600. Now she trys to fight herself the way up again.

I wish her the best luck and really hope, at one nice day, we have the old strong Jelena back. :)

Jun 17th, 2006, 01:15 PM
When Jelena came back something was different, she looked passionate and determined and even thought she has suffered a few losses she looks like she really wants it. Hopefully she can prove her worth at Wimbledon.

Jun 17th, 2006, 07:19 PM
come on jelena

Jun 17th, 2006, 07:32 PM
i really want her to make it big again

Jun 17th, 2006, 07:33 PM
Jelena's game was always based firmly on confidence which is very dangerous and unreliable as we have seen :( I just hope we see her back somehow at the top of the game again.

auntie janie
Jun 17th, 2006, 09:34 PM
I hope her new coach (Iva Majoli's brother) can help Jelena rebuild her confidence as well as her game. I think hiring him was a very positive step; we'll see.

Jun 17th, 2006, 11:55 PM
I think things will be on the up.
Her current position in the 600's, will move up to 500's after her few wins in Gorizia, so hopefully, she'll look at the ranks, and get confidence for each hundred she enters on the up. and really get the taste to make it back to the small numbers.

She looks to be finally playing again.. i mean 2 tournaments in the space in a month is even a big leap from playing 1 tournament, then 5 months later another.

and if she qualifies for wimbledon, im sure she'll feel a whole lot better.

Go on Jelena!