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jd4eva
Oct 14th, 2002, 09:23 PM
'I was happy today, I actually won (laughs). Yeah, I been a little bit tired so I think I maybe shouldn't have played as much as I did but it's the end of the year and you know, I haven't played my best tennis the last few weeks'

Q: Why do you play so much?

'Really I don't know. I'm not going to next year. I'm going to cut my schedule a lot next year. I'm really starting to feel it this year and the schedule is getting longer and tougher and the matches too. I also play doubles sometimes so I don't think it's so good to do that. I will definitely cut down my tournaments because I think my performance goes down and I'm not ready for the big tournaments.

'No, I've been really tired the last few months since the US Open and that's it. I didn't have a really long break during the year where I should have but it's something to learn from and something I won't do next year.'

jd4eva
Oct 14th, 2002, 09:32 PM
'It's definitely mental. Mentally I'm very drained, physically I'm not too bad but I could be a lot better'

'I chose to play all these tournaments the last 2 years and I realise it's a mistake and I'll definitely focus on the big tournament next year. I play a lot of unimportant tournaments and I'll cut those down'

'I'll work on my strength at the end of the year and you know, to play 28-29 tournaments a year and be in top 5 and top 10 is impossible'

'Yeah but she (Serena Williams) can afford to. She lsoes like 2 matches a year, I would do the same but I think 18-19-20 tournaments is ideal for me'

Venus Forever
Oct 14th, 2002, 09:47 PM
SHE HAS LEARNED!! WoW!!

Serendy Willick
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:01 PM
I'm glad to see she has learned this, shes a great player and she has shown me at the Acura this year that she doesnt need to play 30 tournements a year to be a top player, she has all the talent. Good Luck Jelena. :)

dokic_rocks
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:56 PM
:)GO JELENA

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 14th, 2002, 11:07 PM
ALRIGHT JELENA! Great desicion!

Lord Chips
Oct 14th, 2002, 11:11 PM
Halehulya!

harloo
Oct 14th, 2002, 11:15 PM
I still think her father will make her play too many tournaments next year. I just get the feeling that she will still play 20. Get away from Damir, Jelena!!!! Run!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fhkung
Oct 14th, 2002, 11:27 PM
how about retirement......
u've got enough money,
and u can forget about winning the slams
why dont u just retire and go home....
geez...:rolleyes:

SM
Oct 15th, 2002, 02:21 AM
:D

tenn_ace
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:26 AM
wasn't she saying the same last year?

cynicole
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:46 AM
I'll believe it when I see it. (Or not see it.)

Richie77
Oct 15th, 2002, 04:18 AM
I hope she does follow through on this...for the sake of her career.

FS
Oct 15th, 2002, 04:27 AM
finally she realized she's not super woman.:o

Dawn Marie
Oct 15th, 2002, 04:27 AM
Maybe Hingis was her wake up call? I think she'll do it, cause if not she is heading nowhere fast. The tour is not like it was 5 years ago.

Anyway, Jelena realizes her problem so that is a great sign for her game in the longterm.:)

Russianfan
Oct 15th, 2002, 04:36 AM
Originally posted by tenn_ace
wasn't she saying the same last year?

No I don't think so:)

l_hommeca
Oct 15th, 2002, 05:37 AM
Great Decision. As long as it translates to getting closer to winning a major(s). Hope her potential comes into fruition. Thats one player anymore? Lets crash the party Jelena.

jojoseph
Oct 15th, 2002, 05:52 AM
I don't really think she had any real problems physically on the court. It's all mental for her, mentally draining. I mean, look at what she's gotta go through(yes, I'm talking about her dad, unfortunately). Then look at where she's at. That's incredible. Just imagine if she had someone that actually looked after her best interests.

gokimmie
Oct 15th, 2002, 08:20 AM
:eek: :eek: :eek: i didn't think i'd actually live to see the day she cuts back on tournaments!:eek: :eek: :eek:

anton
Oct 15th, 2002, 08:28 AM
the timing of this announcement is questionable. she seems to be using her overplaying as an excuse not to play in australia where she hates the media.

avoiding a grand slam and then overplaying to try to make up the lost points=not smart

jd4eva
Oct 15th, 2002, 08:39 AM
sorry anton but you must have extraordinary comprehension skills because i missed the part where jelena mentioned australia.

Williams Rulez
Oct 15th, 2002, 08:44 AM
Sensible choice... :D

anton
Oct 15th, 2002, 08:45 AM
she has said repeatedly that australia is "too far" and she didnt feel like flying down there. she could play Australia and get 500 points or plays 5 small events and get 100 points in each. It's her choice.

jd4eva
Oct 15th, 2002, 08:53 AM
yeah but you still haven't answered my question

~RedRose~
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:13 AM
I think her decision is a great one. It will give her time to be fully prepared for the big events, I belive she can retain the Top 5 placement again next year.

She believes she can do it, she said that Serena only loses like 2wice a year. and she said that she would do the same if she cut down on her tournaments. I hope she sticks with the plan.

King Aaron
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:17 AM
yeah Jelena :) I'm soooooo happy!!!! That's the desicion most of us have been waiting for

Mags
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:24 AM
Taken from BBC Sports (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/2328007.stm)

Jelena Dokic will not play in next year's Australian Open as she cuts down her playing schedule, according to the BBC World Service.

Dokic complained of tiredness after easing past Iva Majoli to reach the second round of the Swisscom Challenge.

"I'm happy with today, but I've been so tired.

"I've been playing in too many tournaments - it's the end of the year and I shouldn't be playing so much.

"I haven't been playing my best tennis the last two or three weeks. I've really been feeling it since the US Open."

Dokic missed last year's event after switching her allegiances from Australia to Yugoslavia, the country of her birth.


Dokic takes swipe at Australian media. She said Australia was too far and that travelling would take too much out of her.

The Dokic family moved to Sydney from Belgrade in 1994 and Jelena quickly attracted interest from senior Australian tennis coaches because of her talent.

But the family had a rocky relationship with Tennis Australia, and her father Damir claimed the 2000 Australian Open draw had been rigged against his daughter.

There was no evidence of her tiredness against Majoli, however, as Dokic won in straight sets, 6-1 6-4.

WTA_freak
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:38 AM
btw. full Dokic interview is aviable at swisscom site if you are intrested.

http://www.swisscom-challenge.com/SCC2002/index-en.php3?page=news/interviews/2002/intro.php&menusect=Interaktiv&subsect=Interviews

BasicTennis
Oct 15th, 2002, 11:16 AM
She always has reasons whenever she loses.:o

Julian Byatt
Oct 15th, 2002, 11:38 AM
ILUVJELENA, I'm sorry to say that Jelena probably won't play the Oz Open for a few years yet and she will probably say the reason is anything but the REAL one.

Unfortunately, she is probably scared of both the media and the public and probably with good reason. She wouldn't get a moments peace while in this country and she knows it.

I'm afraid in the months before leaving Australia, she totally alienated herself from everyone here by blaming everyone but her father for the mess that Damir kept landing her in.
(who could forget that the 'Australians' rigged her draw in the Open when she drew Davenport first round).
Well, in the months that followed until her departure, she had countless other run-ins with the media (who behaved like hungry pack-animals - they know how to sell newspapers!) and instead of saying nothing, gave them quote after quote of anti-australian rubbish. Jelena was front page news here for months - not good!

I really do like Jelena and I don't hate her father, he's just a simple human being - no crime there - but I suspect I won't see her here in Melbourne for a long, long time, if ever.

A pity for her 'cause missing a GS tournament each year will probably rob her of any chance to be Number 1.

jd4eva
Oct 15th, 2002, 11:42 AM
JULIAN: I know Jelena won't play the Australian Open for a long time, 5 years at minimum and I respect that she has decided to stick to her principles.

Julian Byatt
Oct 15th, 2002, 11:44 AM
ILUVJELENA, I'm sorry to say that Jelena probably won't play the Oz Open for a few years yet and she will probably say the reason is anything but the REAL one.

Unfortunately, she is probably scared of both the media and the public and probably with good reason. She wouldn't get a moments peace while in this country and she knows it.

I'm afraid in the months before leaving Australia, she totally alienated herself from everyone here by blaming everyone but her father for the mess that Damir kept landing her in.
(who could forget that the 'Australians' rigged her draw in the Open when she drew Davenport first round).
Well, in the months that followed until her departure, she had countless other run-ins with the media (who behaved like hungry pack-animals - they know how to sell newspapers!) and instead of saying nothing, gave them quote after quote of anti-australian rubbish. Jelena was front page news here for months - not good!

I really do like Jelena and I don't hate her father, he's just a simple human being - no crime there - but I suspect I won't see her here in Melbourne for a long, long time, if ever.

A pity for her 'cause missing a GS tournament each year will probably rob her of any chance to be Number 1.

BasicTennis
Oct 15th, 2002, 12:09 PM
She'll be no.1 when she reaches 30 years of age.

endiadjendiadj
Oct 15th, 2002, 01:41 PM
What in the hell is her problem? I read all the stuff concerning Australia,etc., but you DO NOT SKIP Grandslams!:fiery: You skip all the little rinky dink tournaments that she's been busting her a$$ trying to play not Grandslams. Grandslams are what you're judged on not tier 4 and tier 5 tournaments.

I happen to like Jelena a lot and I think she is a very talented player but she's really irritating lately. So what if the media and the Australian fans hound her and boo her. She's a professional. She needs to suck it up and do well at the Aussy Open or better yet, win the darn thing! Then she can tell the Aussy's where to stick it if she wants. However, skipping it for years just makes her look bad, IMO. It's like she's chickening out!

Come on Jelena. Play the Aussy Open!

pixy75
Oct 15th, 2002, 02:17 PM
Jelena should play Aussie Tour.:fiery:

Anyway I'm very sad about Bali bomb. Many Australian young people died. I like Australian. They are pretty friendly.:sad:
Though I've never been to Bali, I often hear Bali is wonderful place. Many Japanese visit there every year.

Julian Byatt
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:20 PM
I'm with you on those thoughts Pixy, it has certainly shaken us up in Australia.
As for Jelena, I really can't blame her for staying away (for the time being, anyway).
I think only Osama Bin Laden would get a harsher reception than Jelena on arrival in this country!
If that's an exaggeration, it's only just!!

vutt
Oct 15th, 2002, 05:27 PM
About media:
I remember headlines from Australia media after USOpen like “Dismal Dokic exposed as false world No.4”. Jeez, how much hate!! It has been almost 2 years when she left that country. They still can't let it go. What's wrong down there? I'm confused to say at least.

However for truth sake being her fan I see around lot of support from that country to. Even more than from Serbia itself. (Ok that could be about English language thing of course) So I wonder who actually buys those papers then?

butch
Oct 15th, 2002, 06:45 PM
And there was light....

Zamboni
Oct 15th, 2002, 06:49 PM
About time :rolleyes:

Now lets see what she will do when she sees all the points that come off from those tournaments she skips next year ;)

jd4eva
Oct 15th, 2002, 07:54 PM
endiadjendiadj: as julian said, pretty much only osama bin laden would get a harsher reception in this country. i don't tink you fully understand the hate that would be expressed towards jelena and trying to play tennis in those conditions are pointless.

Dado
Oct 15th, 2002, 08:12 PM
C'mon Jelena!

SJW
Oct 15th, 2002, 08:15 PM
about time too!

Julian Byatt
Oct 15th, 2002, 08:44 PM
ILUVJELENA, hi there. I thought you may get upset with my post (I'm really glad you didn't - that wasn't the intention).
I thought you may have been overseas and I just wanted to try and give you an idea of what would await her. Sounds like you're in Oz, so you know exactly what I'm talking about.

This is a very hard situation to explain to people overseas I expect - I can't liken anything else to it to help one understand.
Maybe how the Czecs felt about Martina when she first defected?

If anyone has the mental strength to come back and 'stick it up the aussies' and perform well, I think it's Jelena! But just not yet.
I think she'll be okay if she waits maybe another 2 or 3 years.

Criticise (IF you must) her for anything else, but leave her alone on this issue.

jd4eva
Oct 15th, 2002, 08:58 PM
i live in melbourne julian :)

BillieJeanKing
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:00 PM
I know ALL about defection...

... no wait. That's Martina....

...who am I again

MegShaughnessy
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:01 PM
You invented tennis, remember?

Oh, and you chucked Jen from the team and we lost. Not because of me and the fact that I lost, but because of the others losing too.

BillieJeanKing
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:13 PM
source: http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery/20021015/1034706789billie_jean_king_sth102.html

Billie Jean King, one of the most celebrated tennis players in history

I must remember this. I don't want my ego becoming too deflated.

MegShaughnessy
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:16 PM
Deflated? Unlike your waistline then...

Oh, and you're Fed Cup captain remember. I think that's a job to be proud of.

BillieJeanKing
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:20 PM
Oh, and you're Fed Cup captain remember. I think that's a job to be proud of.
Flattery is not going to get you into my pants.

MegShaughnessy
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:22 PM
I don't want to get in to your pants...just your team.

Who would want to get into your pants anyway? We ALL know Jen certainly didn't.

BillieJeanKing
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:23 PM
STEFANO couldn't.

MegShaughnessy
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:25 PM
Stefano...he eats full meals, doesn't he? You two would make a lovely couple. All those private dinner parties you could have.

CB
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:59 PM
Pff she learns but at the same time she takes some dumbcluck decisions...

Skipping the Oz is just pride and pompousness. Play it Jelena, you should be a pro