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SM
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:00 AM
Dokic to take a break

Indian Wells,16 March 2009
Bob Larson

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Jelena Dokic wants nothing more than the chance to recharge her physical and mental batteries after mis-handling her schedule following January's surprise Australian Open quarterfinal

The Australian lost in her first match at the Indian Wells Masters and admitted that she is yearning for some precious down time.

The No. 80 was playing only her second WTA match since the Open and said she may have gotten her scheduling wrong.

"I haven't been home [to Monte Carlo] since September," said the 25-year-old. "I'm exhausted and don't know what to do on the court right now.

"I've had no rest for six months and I'm tired mentally."

Dokic made a fairytale return in Melbourne after qualifying into the Open by winning a playoff in December.

She was then picked for the winning Optus Australian Fed Cup team the week afterwards and then had to make her way to Memphis to play qualifying.

"I've played only one event for my ranking since Melbourne," she complained. "I got the scheduling really wrong, and now I'm paying for it."




I hope she atleast gives Miami a shot before having some well deserved rest. She has been playing/travelling since December if you include the qualifying tournament for Australian Open. Rest up and be fresh for the French Open!!

Malva
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:02 AM
Oh, no, not now...

Dandy_Warhol
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:05 AM
i don't know but this disappoints me:sad:

Wiggly
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:05 AM
She played Brisbane, AO, Fed Cup, week off, Memphis, two weeks off and Indian Wells.
Plus the WC play-off.

Four of these six events were in Australia, two in the States.
JetStar must be pissed.

spencercarlos
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:09 AM
Pfff i wanted to see her in Miami, well i guess i will have to see Venus lose again for the third straight year against a Russian on Staduim. :bounce:

PS. Dokic needs this break, but she has to see that Craybas did very well on this tournament so no shame Jelena :kiss:

SM
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:15 AM
Pfff i wanted to see her in Miami, well i guess i will have to see Venus lose again for the third straight year against a Russian on Staduim. :bounce:

PS. Dokic needs this break, but she has to see that Craybas did very well on this tournament so no shame Jelena :kiss:

Well she didn't lose in 3 tight sets, Jelena lost 4-6 1-6 which is bizarre as she should be blowing someone like Jill off the court. If she needs a rest to regroup I think she should take it...

njnetswill
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:26 AM
Does this mean she is going to disappear again? :unsure:

LindsayRulz
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:30 AM
She played Brisbane, AO, Fed Cup, week off, Memphis, two weeks off and Indian Wells.
Plus the WC play-off.

Four of these six events were in Australia, two in the States.
JetStar must be pissed.

She may not necessarily be exausted because of the tournaments she played, she had to do a lot of on and off court training to be back in the shape she is now.

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:31 AM
I think its a good idea, but i wish she would still play Miami and then take a break ;)

Dandy_Warhol
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:35 AM
Does this mean she is going to disappear again? :unsure:

i hope not!

Golovinjured.
Mar 16th, 2009, 04:51 AM
She should play Miami/PVB/Charleston still, then have a break.

OR, skip Miami (:sobbing:) and come back for PVB/Charleston and so on.

Rising Sun
Mar 16th, 2009, 04:57 AM
I wonder what she meant by getting her scheduling wrong? It's not like she played every week. :confused:

Havok
Mar 16th, 2009, 05:02 AM
She should still give Miami a go, though. Hardcourts is her best surface, so I wouldn't mind if she skipped the American part of the clay court season anyways.:o

tennisbum79
Mar 16th, 2009, 05:03 AM
Granted WTA is not the challenger tour , and I understand she is tired because of the level of the competiton.

But she probably should have managed her schedule.

On the other hand, she may have been in the euphoria of the fairytale comeback and forgot to do her schedule diligently.

RenaSlam.
Mar 16th, 2009, 05:03 AM
Hm. Not so sure about this decision. :shrug:

~Eclipsed~
Mar 16th, 2009, 05:08 AM
Play Miami, then rest. kthx. :)

CoryAnnAvants#1
Mar 16th, 2009, 05:17 AM
She's only played four tournaments this year, plus Fed Cup, and she hasn't played two tour events back to back. That's a pretty standard schedule for any tour player, pushing toward the lighter side.

tennisbum79
Mar 16th, 2009, 05:20 AM
She's only played four tournaments this year, plus Fed Cup, and she hasn't played two tour events back to back. That's a pretty standard schedule for any tour player, pushing toward the lighter side.

She is still in Challenger mindset.

I recalled, she used to miss lots of tournaments she was scheduled to appear in.
So she probably need a period of transition for adjust WTA scheduling, level of competition and number of matches.

drake3781
Mar 16th, 2009, 05:21 AM
Sounds weird. :shrug:

Can she skip Miami anyway... not clear on the rules but is it not mandatory?

SM
Mar 16th, 2009, 05:25 AM
Sounds weird. :shrug:

Can she skip Miami anyway... not clear on the rules but is it not mandatory?
Mandatory for top players.

If Jelena plays Miami she will be in qualifiying.

égalité
Mar 16th, 2009, 05:34 AM
:weirdo:

This is what professional tennis players do. You're not going to get back into the swing of things if you keep taking breaks.

tennisbum79
Mar 16th, 2009, 05:40 AM
:weirdo:

This is what professional tennis players do. You're not going to get back into the swing of things if you keep taking breaks.

Don't be so harsh on her.

She is making a transition from Challenger to WTA.

Granted she played WTA at high level before, but having competed at Challenher level for so long has decreased the kind of demand she was making of her body in the WTA

SM
Mar 16th, 2009, 05:43 AM
:weirdo:

This is what professional tennis players do. You're not going to get back into the swing of things if you keep taking breaks.
Get a dictionary and look up the words 'tired' and 'lazy'...there is a distinct difference and Jelena is the former, not the latter or she wont be back in the top 80 from no ranking at all

faboozadoo15
Mar 16th, 2009, 05:44 AM
Play Miami.

tae04
Mar 16th, 2009, 06:09 AM
She can't take breaks when trying to stay in the top 100 and get her form back.

Solitaire
Mar 16th, 2009, 06:17 AM
The stop starting thing kind of worries me but if JD feels she needs a break then so be it. Though it's odd cause it's not like this is here first year on tour. She should already know the limits of her body and how to schedule tournies by now.

égalité
Mar 16th, 2009, 06:19 AM
Get a dictionary and look up the words 'tired' and 'lazy'...there is a distinct difference and Jelena is the former, not the latter or she wont be back in the top 80 from no ranking at all

I know, it's just that whenever she starts to show promise it seems like she disappears :sobbing:

TS
Mar 16th, 2009, 06:23 AM
I wonder what she meant by getting her scheduling wrong? It's not like she played every week. :confused:

I wonder if she's saying that she made the wrong decision to play Fed Cup? I certainly hope not. It could undo a lot of the work she did by winning back the trust of her teammates.

aussie_fan
Mar 16th, 2009, 06:27 AM
She hasn't disappeared for awhile, time to disappear again i guess.

Leo_DFP
Mar 16th, 2009, 06:58 AM
Guys, it's probably for the best. She played terribly in both Memphis and Indian Wells, getting crushed by inferior opponents. Remember, she may only have been playing WTA level tournaments since January, but she was clearly training very intensely for months before that. Didn't she have to earn her spot in the AO by winning a qualifying event against other Australians? And that's in addition to all her off-court work. The article says Jelena hasn't been home in Monte Carlo since September, and she deserves that comfort now.

Also, so what if she misses the beginning of or most of the clay court season? She should be rested and ready for the grass and hardcourts this summer, where she'll get more ranking points.

Lindsayfan32
Mar 16th, 2009, 07:38 AM
If Jelena feels like she's going through the motions then she's better to take time off now. There is no point in running herself into the ground now. It's not like it's getting towards the end of the year and tge tournaments she can play are starting to run out. She could take a couple of weeks to a month off and then come back fresh and play like the Jelena we all know and love. There is point in her playing if she can't play at her best.

miss_molik
Mar 16th, 2009, 07:56 AM
Whatever she feels is best I guess. Don't be gone too long!

Lacrish
Mar 16th, 2009, 08:14 AM
You need play more small tournaments to build up your confidence after having a break.
Hope you can come back soon,Jelena!:)

Mashabator
Mar 16th, 2009, 09:42 AM
Well she didn't lose in 3 tight sets, Jelena lost 4-6 1-6 which is bizarre as she should be blowing someone like Jill off the court. If she needs a rest to regroup I think she should take it...

Jelena Actually lost 4-6 2-6

faboozadoo15
Mar 16th, 2009, 11:02 AM
I doubt she'll be turning down roughly 10K to play a match in Miami.

Just Do It
Mar 16th, 2009, 11:30 AM
She sure play Miami, and then go home.

hdfb
Mar 16th, 2009, 12:14 PM
I reckon she should play the Miami and skip the green clay events and take 3-4 weeks off before going for the red clay.
I hope she doesn't make any comments like "regretting to play Fed Cup" because there were no ranking points. :x

babsi
Mar 16th, 2009, 01:04 PM
Building up for a Fed Cup withdrawal.

Sorry don't have much sympathy for her, if she wanted to be in Europe for a bit she could have thought about playing Paris and going to Monaco afterwards for training.

She can't have everything, she is old enough to know sacfices have to be made. If she was winning matches she would have a different take on things.

Pheobo
Mar 16th, 2009, 01:43 PM
A break from what? When you're losing in the first round of every tournament that's a few days off a week. Every time this girl does something good and I start to like her again she does something stupid to follow it up.

WhatTheDeuce
Mar 16th, 2009, 08:56 PM
Play/lose in Miami. Then she can do what she wants to I suppose.

Slutiana
Mar 16th, 2009, 09:19 PM
Lol, her quotes actually dont say that shes gonna be out for 10 weeks or something, it just says she wants to go home for a couple of weeks, she has been training hard for longer than most. While the top50 were all having holidays, she was training and drilling getting ready for the AO, it paid off, but at an expense. Im sure she'll be back by the start of the red clay season...

cn ireland
Mar 16th, 2009, 09:22 PM
Please play Miami Jelena (and then take a few weeks off;))!

Miss Amor
Mar 16th, 2009, 09:26 PM
Burnt out from playing 5 consecutive matches in January? :spit:

sammy01
Mar 16th, 2009, 09:38 PM
A break from what? When you're losing in the first round of every tournament that's a few days off a week. Every time this girl does something good and I start to like her again she does something stupid to follow it up.

thats exactly how i feel. if she cant handle 4 tournaments, losing early in 3 of them and needs a break, then she has no hope of being back up into the top 50.

she takes 1 step forward and 3 back.

IceHock
Mar 16th, 2009, 09:57 PM
Building up for a Fed Cup withdrawal.

Sorry don't have much sympathy for her, if she wanted to be in Europe for a bit she could have thought about playing Paris and going to Monaco afterwards for training.

She can't have everything, she is old enough to know sacfices have to be made. If she was winning matches she would have a different take on things.

no offense but this has no business being said about jelena, i'm pretty sure sacrificing her whole family for the better part of her tennis career has been enough for her. it's great she's even back on the court in the top 100 after what she went through. people aren't understanding, that jelena has not stopped training, in the weeks off between indian wells, she was at bolleteri's academy. she's had two bad losses in a row, she is a confidence player, it's smart to take a break, though i think she should try miami first. if she continues to play, well she said herself she's burntout, so what to do? continue playing, getting crushed by lesser opponents, or take a break and come back fresh? i know which one i'd pick.

hdfb
Mar 16th, 2009, 11:37 PM
I can understand why people are saying Jelena is a wuss or a softie for making such comments in light of her results, but the girl hasn't been home since September! She spent the end of last year and early this year trying her hardest for what she deems her 'last chance' so to speak.
She has AO QF under her belt, I don't think this 'break' is going to mean she'll be disappearing again into the wilderness.

joăo.
Mar 16th, 2009, 11:43 PM
Rest and comeback again. ;)

Alenyaa
Mar 16th, 2009, 11:53 PM
If a rest is what she thinks she needs, she should take it. End of discussion. Made a mistake, but is now trying to limit its effects. I'm sure she'll be back alive and kicking by the time she feels is right.

WhatTheDeuce
Mar 17th, 2009, 02:12 AM
Well she's playing Miami, so I guess the break is after that.

Привет
Mar 17th, 2009, 02:50 AM
It wouldn't surprise me if Jela did well in Miami and decided she didn't need a break after all. :lol: She's obviously playing Miami, she would've had to accept the WC.

ChinChin
Mar 17th, 2009, 02:58 AM
As long as the break doesn't last months or years, I'll be happy :)

DownTheLine21
Mar 17th, 2009, 03:04 AM
If she feels that she needs it, then I think it's a good idea.

switz
Mar 17th, 2009, 05:09 AM
Is she saying she shouldn't have played Fed Cup? Because really it was very good for her image in Australia and it's not like she had to beat world class opponents.

switz
Mar 17th, 2009, 05:10 AM
but she may have been better off going back to Europe given she's a strong indoors player and she would have have been able to go back to Monte Carlo rather than hanging around in the states.

madlove
Mar 17th, 2009, 05:17 AM
clearly she's just not committed anymore. boo hoo.

eugreene2
Mar 17th, 2009, 12:38 PM
I'm glad she's playing Miami

Ciarán
Mar 17th, 2009, 01:48 PM
:awww::sad:

Seyz
Mar 17th, 2009, 03:33 PM
She must realize that this comeback is make or break, right?
It's her one chance to really go up in the rankings, if she doesn't get big wins, then she'll drop out of the top 100 again and then it becomes harder again to get back up there.

bad_angel_109
Mar 17th, 2009, 03:50 PM
:o but she deserves a break. especially her amazing comeback at the AO