View Full Version : Article: Dokic warned over coaches

Jan 4th, 2006, 09:27 PM
Leo Schlink and Nikki Tugwell

TENNIS Australia will continue its coaching support of Jelena Dokic despite her split from coach Lesley Bowrey.

Dokic, 22, almost certainly will be invited to join the Fed Cup squad or Australian Institute of Sport squad from February 1.

Inclusion in either group attracts coaching backing under TA's player development pathway.

But Dokic will be told there are no exceptions to TA's support criteria in the wake of her fallout with Bowrey, who is on TA's payroll.

"It's a two-way street between Tennis Australia and the players," TA director of player development Craig Tiley said yesterday.

"If players go to a tournament where we do not have any of our four coaches and they want a coach to accompany them, the player is expected to make a contribution.

"There are no exceptions.

"I have not heard from Jelena's mouth the reason why Lesley did not go to Auckland with her.

"I will sit down with Jelena in Canberra next week and the whole thing will be clarified. From those discussions, I hope to have an understanding of where Jelena sees herself in the player development pathway."

Bowrey is among four TA coaches assigned to a group of 16 players, eight male and eight female.

TA pays the wages and expenses of the coaches at selected tournaments. If a player chooses to play a different event other than the specified tournament and wants the coach to travel with them, the player must pay the coach's wages for the week.

This week, TA's resources were concentrated on the Australian Women's Hardcourt event on the Gold Coast, not the ASB Classic in Auckland.

Dokic told Bowrey she was unwilling to pay for the dual French Open champion to travel from Sydney to New Zealand.
source: http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,17732131%255E11088,00.html

It appears TA isn't really happy about whole issue...

King Aaron
Jan 5th, 2006, 05:27 PM
Honestly...neither am I.