Jelena is alive! *UNBREAKABLE* Book out November 12! - Page 6 - TennisForum.com
 28Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #76 of 82 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 2019, 04:08 PM
Senior Member
 
Libertango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 15,067
                     
Re: Jelena is alive! *UNBREAKABLE* Book out November 12!

OMG wow

Venus
Kvitova


Libertango is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #77 of 82 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 2019, 10:46 PM
King
 
Viktymise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Flux
Posts: 28,531
                     
Re: Jelena is alive! *UNBREAKABLE* Book out November 12!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Viktymise View Post
She looks amazing, and facially actually looks much younger and fresher vs. 10 years ago when really she was still in the midst of her depression.

Bumping because I just finished reading her book and felt so gutted for her, but also wondering if she’s planning a proper singles comeback off the back of this fitness move, and some of the drills she has been putting on Instagram? She’s too old for a proper comeback of course, but I could see her playing a few ITFs next year to test the waters, and I don’t really see her playing doubles , TBH.
Also, now that I'm here I should probably post a few musings about the book itself:

- The first half was a very compelling read, and as a WTA nerd it was great to follow the timeline of her ascent to the tour when the game was at its hey-day, and which still feels iconic in its own way. The second half of the book and towards the end - after all the pictures - kind of loses momentum (a bit like her career), and I almost didn't finish it.

- How she went from such astonishing physical and mental abuse from her father, into the arms of another domineering boyfriend, and then into the chaos of the Bikic brothers felt completely tragic. Whether or not her father fucked her up so mentally at that point that she was simply drawn to said chaos is debatable, but no doubt very unlucky. Had she had a good network of people around her after she left her family in 2002 her career probably wouldn't have fell apart as much as it did, as she literally had nobody (or nothing since she was giving her father all of her cash, even after making a break away) after that point. Nobody on the tour protected her back then, and I wonder how different it would be today, if at all?

- I know people have said that Dokic probably wouldn't have been as good if her father didn't scare the living daylights out of her to play tennis, but TBH, I just think she wouldn't have had such notable success so young. She was always a natural talent, with excellent hand-eye coordination, hands and feel for the ball, and had she had the right amount of discipline without the crazy abuse then I still think she could have been a very successful pro player.

- Back to the top of WTA nerd fodder, I guess one thing that's disappointing about the book is that despite giving a huge run down of her key results throughout her career, she never really gives too much away about the matches themselves, or the characters on the tour. I guess that was the point (perhaps inadvertently) of the whole book - she was so caught up in the misery of her whole life at that time that she could never really consume the best moments of her career that we may have all expected, nor have even been award of the different dynamics happening on the tour at that time.

- It was definitely written from memory as there were a couple of statistical omissions - she references Capriati as the winner of RG 02, and referenced Davenport as the dominant player of 00/01. But again, same the point above, I think this is also referencing the face that she was quite disconnected with everything happening around her at that time.

- I actually hadn't realised that the Sprem/Borna Bikic relationship had happened so soon, and had played such a key part of Dokic's continued depression in the mid-00s. B. Bikic sounds like a completely vile and horrible human being, and despite the rose coloured glasses for T. Bikic throughout the book (and still today since they're together) I can't help but feel as though both were taking advantage of her during the first couple of years of their relationship.

It's a pity that it's too late for her to make a proper comeback on tour, as I still think she deserved a proper farewell, but she seems much, much happier these days, and she's still one of the most memorable players of the last 20 years.

Grassonkova.
Viktymise is offline  
post #78 of 82 (permalink) Old Sep 30th, 2019, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Just Do It's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 47,991
                     
Re: Jelena is alive! *UNBREAKABLE* Book out November 12!

Given that I lived her life for over 15 years, I found that book really interesting. Some things shocked me, some things didn't. I think some things were exaggerated as well. It feels as if the whole career she had was super dramatic, thanks to some bad decision and not so supporting family.

Her singles career is definitely over, but I secretly hope she might give doubles a go in Australia, as a farewell to her fans.
Just Do It is offline  
 
post #79 of 82 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 2019, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Just Do It's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 47,991
                     
Re: Jelena is alive! *UNBREAKABLE* Book out November 12!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3Wr1LcBByl/ Possible comeback?
Just Do It is offline  
post #80 of 82 (permalink) Old Oct 30th, 2019, 03:29 AM
Senior Member
 
WhatTheDeuce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Canada
Posts: 34,671
                     
Re: Jelena is alive! *UNBREAKABLE* Book out November 12!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Just Do It View Post
Felt special to see (and hear) her strike the ball again, even in condensed insta form. Love!
Just Do It likes this.
WhatTheDeuce is offline  
post #81 of 82 (permalink) Old Nov 6th, 2019, 11:52 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Mayfield
Posts: 17,875
 
Re: Jelena is alive! *UNBREAKABLE* Book out November 12!

Update: Jelena said she's going to be participating in the Legends' event at the AO.
auntie janie is offline  
post #82 of 82 (permalink) Old Nov 7th, 2019, 08:10 PM
Senior Member
 
rucolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 50,237
                     
Re: Jelena is alive! *UNBREAKABLE* Book out November 12!

I hope she will come back in doubles !!!

Serena: "We have great personalities like Jelena (Jankovic) on the tour."
Jelena: "If I had to pick someone after me, I'd pick Serena."


Serena Williams Maria Sharapova Jelena Jankovic
A. Radwanska V. Zvonareva C. Wozniacki P. Kvitova
N. Petrova A. Chakvetadze A. Myskina L. Davenport M. Hingis
A. Kournikova T. Paszek K. Sprem J. Dokic I. Tulyaganova
Backstreet Boys NSYNC Britney Spears Shania Twain Bryan Adams forever
rucolo is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome