View Full Version : Jelena considers dropping down to ITF circuit

Apr 26th, 2005, 03:15 AM
ESTORIL OPEN (Estoril, Portugal, WTA Tier IV)

First round:
- Jelena Dokic lt. Alyona Bondarenko, 6-2 3-6 6-2

Jelena finally admitted she is considering what some of we "powerless spectators" have been suggesting for some time now: dropping down to the ITF Women's Circuit in order to play much lower-ranked opponents.

"I would not like to go down to Challenger events, but matches-wise and confidence-wise, it could be a good thing. I went from four in the world to #444, so I have got to start from the beginning again. My tennis isn't there, so I have to build it up from the beginning like I did when I was 14."

+ Lower-ranked opponents = better chance of victory?
+ More victories = more confidence.
+ More confidence = better chance of victories on WTA Tour.

- Her opponents might drag Jelena down to their level.
- You still get tough opponents, even on the ITF circuit, as I've seen when Iva Majoli, Karina Habšudová and Iroda Tulyaganova dropped back down to the ITF circuit.
- Failure to win matches even on the ITF circuit could have a devastating effect on Jelena's confidence and desire to continue her career.

* Jelena is too close to rock-bottom to be dragged down much further, so I believe the ITF circuit is the way to go.
* If I were Jelena, I would start at the very bottom of the ladder: $10,000 ITF tournaments. Master those first, then move up to $25k, $50k, $75k, then back onto the WTA Tour.
* Jelena should still play the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open, even if she has to qualify. Grand Slams are what you play tennis for, after all!

Dr. Andrew Broad
http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/ (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/)
http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/ (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/)
http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/dokic/ (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/dokic/)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Jelena_Dokic_Players_Lounge/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Jelena_Dokic_Players_Lounge/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Jelena_Dokic_Players_Lounge_II/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Jelena_Dokic_Players_Lounge_II/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)

Apr 26th, 2005, 03:36 AM
That may help, I think Jelena needs a completely new makeover. A new home, new coach, new physical trainer, new sports psychologist, and a new attitude. She needs to get her life back together and get back to where she once was.