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Golovinjured.
Sep 19th, 2008, 02:53 AM
Dokic Progress


Jelena Dokic is in fresh talks with Tennis Australia paving way for a return to Melbourne before the Australian Open.

Overlooked for a wildcard this season, Dokic recently held talks with TA.

It is understood she will formalize plans for a Melbourne Park preparation for the January 19 - February 1 Australian Open.

TA player development director Craig Tilley said Dokic would soon discuss her schedule with Australia Institute of Sport head coach Brent Larkham.

He said she might contest the Open wildcard playoff.

:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:


If she plays in Brisbane I am soooo going!

Uranium
Sep 19th, 2008, 03:00 AM
She amuses me soo much.
Her goal was top 50, and yet all she played mostly 25Ks:rolls:
I would love if she actually played a full season for the first time in years next year:hearts:

Drake1980
Sep 19th, 2008, 03:02 AM
not too big a surprise.

Daniel K
Sep 19th, 2008, 03:07 AM
Yeah not a surprise but still good news. Hopefully she can play a full Australian summer schedule and then play on the main tour next season.

friendsita
Sep 19th, 2008, 03:09 AM
gl

Josh.
Sep 19th, 2008, 03:10 AM
I'm going to Brisbane, so lets hope she goes. :hearts:

brent-o
Sep 19th, 2008, 03:10 AM
It seems she only ever feels like playing in the Australian summer.

Fretchap
Sep 19th, 2008, 03:11 AM
Is it supposed to be such a good news? I hope it's the good choice for once :o ...

tennisfan5
Sep 19th, 2008, 03:20 AM
She has played this year--actually in 12 tournaments, which is a LOT more than the last few years.

She played in 3 WTA main draws--qualifying for 2 (Hobart and Fes) and getting a WC into Strasbourg.

She played 7 25K events, winning 3 and made the SF of a $75K.

She went from unranked to #180 in the world and was 34-9 overall.

Good luck to her next year--I hope she really breaks through in australia.

(I'm still not sure why she didn't play USO qualies)

Golovinjured.
Sep 19th, 2008, 03:20 AM
It seems she only ever feels like playing in the Australian summer.

:weirdo:

Don't comment on things you have no idea about, deluded fool.

Serenita
Sep 19th, 2008, 04:01 AM
aah well

So Disrespectful
Sep 19th, 2008, 04:04 AM
Great news! She should be able to get herself back into the top 100.

Havok
Sep 19th, 2008, 04:11 AM
Good to see she is talking to TA now. I think she needs a good team behind her in order to make the next step. Just look at what she did with being a tad more dedicated to her comeback and a coach who can easily be replaced with a better one.

Still showing signs that she cares, which I like to see!:hearts: A proper schedule and a good team surrounding her might just be the thing she needs to crack the top 100 and really take this comeback to the next level.

sammy01
Sep 19th, 2008, 04:35 AM
She has played this year--actually in 12 tournaments, which is a LOT more than the last few years.

She played in 3 WTA main draws--qualifying for 2 (Hobart and Fes) and getting a WC into Strasbourg.

She played 7 25K events, winning 3 and made the SF of a $75K.

She went from unranked to #180 in the world and was 34-9 overall.

Good luck to her next year--I hope she really breaks through in australia.

(I'm still not sure why she didn't play USO qualies)

thats the point though, 12 tournaments isn't a lot when you're trying to make it back, and doing things like not playing US open qualies just makes me think she wants to be back at the top again but dosen't want to put the hard work in.

cosjun
Sep 19th, 2008, 04:43 AM
finally there's some news.nearly 4 months‘ preparation for Australian summer season?isn't this too long?hope it will be worth all the efforts

Mateo Mathieu
Sep 19th, 2008, 05:24 AM
Old news. Metaphorically.

Dani12
Sep 19th, 2008, 05:27 AM
She could have played the Australia ITF circuit and cleaned all of them up and pushed for the top 100 but oh well..

She won't even need to play the Wildcard playoff, she'll get one anyway..I have no doubt in my mind.

Alizé Molik
Sep 19th, 2008, 05:31 AM
well considering that even if she doesnt play another tournament until next year she'll be in the qualifying draw on her own ranking she has to get a WC

rada
Sep 19th, 2008, 05:52 AM
she has put in hard work this year and has done well i can see 2009 being a great year for her :)

Wojtek
Sep 19th, 2008, 06:22 AM
She won't play in 2008?

jd4eva
Sep 19th, 2008, 09:33 AM
thats the point though, 12 tournaments isn't a lot when you're trying to make it back, and doing things like not playing US open qualies just makes me think she wants to be back at the top again but dosen't want to put the hard work in.

Yes, because obviously playing 25K's is an easier option than playing the qualifying of a Grand Slam where there are more ranking points and bigger prizemoney.

Yes, the fact that she chose to play at a 25K shows that she wants to be back at the top without putting the hard work in. Never mind the fact that she's lost a ton of weight since last year, won 3 25K's and has played in the qualifying of ITF Challengers. Nope, none of that matters at all. Clearly she wants to get back to the top without trying, I'm sure she's trying to negotiate a top 10 ranking with the WTA Tour.

Talk like this irks me to no end. It is unjustified and baseless. Jelena has shown this season, above all other seasons, a willingness to work hard without any assistance. So she hasn't played week in, week out. Unfortunately she's had injuries. But she's always shown commitment. If you want to attack her, then go ahead - there are a number of things she's done which are open to criticism. But I don't think anyone can fault her for her effort this season. She may have changed her plans and taken a more long term approach to her comeback, which is actually a good thing. Unfortunately, most people expect instant gratification and want automatic results. That is understandable given that most posters have the attention span of a gibbon monkey, but it doesn't mean she isn't doing the right thing.

DutchieGirl
Sep 19th, 2008, 10:51 AM
She played Aus this year too, so not really a big surprise.

DutchieGirl
Sep 19th, 2008, 10:57 AM
well considering that even if she doesnt play another tournament until next year she'll be in the qualifying draw on her own ranking she has to get a WC
I don't see the logic there? There are a few Aussie girls who would be in quallies with their rankings. I would think she'd get a WC next year anyway - don't remember if she was even ranked last year when she asked for one was she? I just checked and she wasn't - but she had quallies WCs into Hobart and AO anyway, so I think that's fair given she wasn't ranked. But now she has a fairly good ranking (compared to alot of the Aussies) you would think she'd have to be in line for one.

Привет
Sep 19th, 2008, 11:05 AM
Good news, I suppose. If Jelena did not recieve a MD WC for the AO in 2009 it would just be insane. I mean, I don't think TA could justify giving WC's to those ranked lower than her and leaving her out.

Just Do It
Sep 19th, 2008, 11:06 AM
Good, Good :yeah:

Oswald56
Sep 19th, 2008, 12:01 PM
Why not? We live in hope.

Jakeev
Sep 19th, 2008, 12:08 PM
Yes, because obviously playing 25K's is an easier option than playing the qualifying of a Grand Slam where there are more ranking points and bigger prizemoney.

Yes, the fact that she chose to play at a 25K shows that she wants to be back at the top without putting the hard work in. Never mind the fact that she's lost a ton of weight since last year, won 3 25K's and has played in the qualifying of ITF Challengers. Nope, none of that matters at all. Clearly she wants to get back to the top without trying, I'm sure she's trying to negotiate a top 10 ranking with the WTA Tour.

Talk like this irks me to no end. It is unjustified and baseless. Jelena has shown this season, above all other seasons, a willingness to work hard without any assistance. So she hasn't played week in, week out. Unfortunately she's had injuries. But she's always shown commitment. If you want to attack her, then go ahead - there are a number of things she's done which are open to criticism. But I don't think anyone can fault her for her effort this season. She may have changed her plans and taken a more long term approach to her comeback, which is actually a good thing. Unfortunately, most people expect instant gratification and want automatic results. That is understandable given that most posters have the attention span of a gibbon monkey, but it doesn't mean she isn't doing the right thing.

She is doing it the hard way and people should nothing but respect her for it. She still has a few more months this year to get that ranking a little higher.

Hopefully, she still can get some good results in what ever tournament she is still headed for in 08.

xcrtbckhnd
Sep 19th, 2008, 12:16 PM
Very glad to hear this news. Hopefully Jelena does play the last few events in 08 that she committed to as well.

lolas
Sep 19th, 2008, 12:43 PM
When was the last time she played this year and is she supposed to play again this year?

DownTheLine21
Sep 19th, 2008, 01:57 PM
When was the last time she played this year and is she supposed to play again this year?

Yes. This is what I am wondering as well. I thought that she still had tournaments scheduled this fall.

juki
Sep 19th, 2008, 02:16 PM
As of now, she is still on the entry list for 25K Helsinki in two weeks. It's listed as a priority 1 tournament for her and she would be the 7th seed.

cn ireland
Sep 19th, 2008, 02:32 PM
Even though its probably what alot of people expected, this is still very encouraging news for Dokic fans:D!

She definitely deserves a WC from the TA after getting her ranking back inside the top 200 this year!!!

Jelena's last event was at the end of August when she lost in the QF of a 25K event in Katowice, Poland!

xr6turbo
Sep 19th, 2008, 02:37 PM
She played this year aswell.. I remember watching the qualy match that she lost. Patty and Rainer were watching from the sidelines :lol: At the end of the match they were like. :unsure: :o

Lindsayfan32
Sep 19th, 2008, 03:23 PM
Give the money to a young kid that's serious about being a pro. I feel for Jelena Dokic but she's been given way too man chances by TA. Unless she been out injured don't give her any more chances and put the intitute place and the money into a young player with potential rather than someone on face value of it is giving a half hearted effort.

DutchieGirl
Sep 19th, 2008, 03:29 PM
Give the money to a young kid that's serious about being a pro. I feel for Jelena Dokic but she's been given way too man chances by TA. Unless she been out injured don't give her any more chances and put the intitute place and the money into a young player with potential rather than someone on face value of it is giving a half hearted effort.
:eek: Be ready for bad reps galore and a sever beat down in here now. ;)

cn ireland
Sep 19th, 2008, 03:50 PM
Give the money to a young kid that's serious about being a pro. I feel for Jelena Dokic but she's been given way too man chances by TA. Unless she been out injured don't give her any more chances and put the intitute place and the money into a young player with potential rather than someone on face value of it is giving a half hearted effort.

While I respect your opinion I have to disagree with you. Jelena Dokic has probably been the most successful Australian player in decades, by #1 reaching a GS semi-final and #2 by reaching #4 in the world and therefore the TA should be doing everything they can to help her get back to her best.

I admit that Jelena hasn't always shown committment but this year she has been much better. To take herself from unranked at the start of the year to #180 now and Aussie #5 took alot of work which should be admired. In my opinion she should definitely receive a MDWC as she is the 2nd highest Aussie not in the MD at the moment (discounting Molik as she's retired) and I believe she's still a very popular player that will attract the crowds in Melbourne!

Slutati
Sep 19th, 2008, 04:56 PM
Give the money to a young kid that's serious about being a pro. I feel for Jelena Dokic but she's been given way too man chances by TA. Unless she been out injured don't give her any more chances and put the intitute place and the money into a young player with potential rather than someone on face value of it is giving a half hearted effort.
Jelena>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> all those young kids :rolleyes:
Who cares about them anyway, it's all about Jeca :hearts::hearts:

good news :yeah:

Karolina_Sprem
Sep 19th, 2008, 07:05 PM
You can see Jelena Dokic almost every morning around 8am in tennis centre "Ravnice" in Zagreb. Saw her once there with her boyfriend. My friend who plays tennis there see her almost every day when she is not on some tournaments....

Ciarán
Sep 19th, 2008, 07:08 PM
C'mon Jelena!

ce
Sep 19th, 2008, 07:33 PM
:shrug:

~Eclipsed~
Sep 19th, 2008, 07:42 PM
I really don't think this is a good decision this early. Seems like her trend lately is putting so much emphasis on the Australian summer that by the time she gets to the Aus Open, she puts so much pressure on herself to win since that seems to be her top priority in tennis.

IMO, i think she needs to keep plugging away(on hardcourts for a change) and build her ranking. Putting this much emphasis on this single tournament is unhealthy for her career. Like other posters have said, she's a few good showings away from hovering or getting inside the top 100. It's almost like she's gotten to the 24th mile in a marathon and decided to stop.

Just Do It
Sep 19th, 2008, 07:47 PM
You can see Jelena Dokic almost every morning around 8am in tennis centre "Ravnice" in Zagreb. Saw her once there with her boyfriend. My friend who plays tennis there see her almost every day when she is not on some tournaments....

Good to hear she is commited.

King Aaron
Sep 20th, 2008, 06:44 PM
You can see Jelena Dokic almost every morning around 8am in tennis centre "Ravnice" in Zagreb. Saw her once there with her boyfriend. My friend who plays tennis there see her almost every day when she is not on some tournaments....That's good to hear.

wuthering
Sep 20th, 2008, 06:59 PM
All the best to her. She definitely did some good job this year. Hopefully, the next year's gonna be better and she'll be back on track.

brent-o
Sep 20th, 2008, 07:55 PM
:weirdo:

Don't comment on things you have no idea about, deluded fool.

Excuse me, I do know a thing or too. She set specific goals at the beginning of this year (top 100 i think?), and she's hardly played frequently enough to reach them. That being said, she has played more than in previous years. Should I give her a cookie for that?

And besides, it was a light-hearted comment considering the infamous yearly report we get in January saying she's fit and motivated to do big things. Don't take yourself so seriously, because it makes YOU look like the fool.

Besides, your comment was about as needed and constructive as if you had said: "Shut up, you meanie!"

Golovinjured.
Sep 21st, 2008, 12:20 AM
Excuse me, I do know a thing or too. She set specific goals at the beginning of this year (top 100 i think?), and she's hardly played frequently enough to reach them. That being said, she has played more than in previous years. Should I give her a cookie for that?

And besides, it was a light-hearted comment considering the infamous yearly report we get in January saying she's fit and motivated to do big things. Don't take yourself so seriously, because it makes YOU look like the fool.

Besides, your comment was about as needed and constructive as if you had said: "Shut up, you meanie!"

I think you know where you can stick your cookie.

Dani12
Sep 21st, 2008, 12:39 AM
Intellengent input there, bud :rolleyes:

Anyways, when is this 25k she is playing this year? Is that the only tourny she is scheduled to play?

Golovinjured.
Sep 21st, 2008, 12:42 AM
He knows nothing about Jelena anyway, my post was just as on-topic as his was.

Yeah it's in Helsinki, starting September 29. But I really don't see this happening to be honest. I'd much rather her just play what's left of the 25K's in Australia and that be it, the sooner she's here the better prepared for the Aussie summer she will be.

DutchieGirl
Sep 21st, 2008, 03:05 AM
Intellengent input there, bud :rolleyes:

Anyways, when is this 25k she is playing this year? Is that the only tourny she is scheduled to play?

She's in the quallies list of 50k Joue-Les-Tours for the week 6th Oct too.

waratahsrock
Sep 21st, 2008, 04:20 AM
Why the hell does she even bother? She's not going to get back to anywhere near the top of the game.
She's fat, has no drive and continues to fail to deliver.
Every year just before the Australian Summer we hear the same old promices. Every year she bombs out miserably.

brent-o
Sep 21st, 2008, 05:35 AM
I think you know where you can stick your cookie.

I laughed at that, I'll give you that.