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http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/04/26/1051316057461.html



Give Jelena a fair go, says driving force
EXCLUSIVE | By Danny Weidler
April 27 2003
The Sun-Herald





Jelena Dokic is misunderstood and deserves another chance from the Australian public says her boyfriend, racing driver Enrique Bernoldi.

Bernoldi says Dokic should not be judged on her behaviour and comments as a young girl.

Last week The Sun-Herald revealed Dokic had been in touch with Tennis Australia with a view to representing Australia at the next Olympics.

Dokic has been in contact with the head of Tennis Australia, but she has not spoken to the Yugoslavian Tennis Federation for six months and her father Damir has fallen out with the country's leading official.

Bernoldi, the man who has given Dokic the confidence to make her own decisions, spoke to The Sun-Herald prior to a race in Belgium, saying that she is a "lovely person".


"I really think that Jelena is misunderstood, very misunderstood by the people in Australia," he said.

"She was a young girl when things happened and things were said. Things that happened were not her own decisions. She deserves to be looked at as the person she is now, not as a 17-year-old girl.

"She has been thinking about the Olympics and Australia for a while, but I don't tell her what to do. I don't tell her what to do in tennis and she doesn't tell me how to drive.

"I was not in the picture before, so I don't know everything that happened, but I just like to give her my 100 per cent support.

"The decision about the Olympics is up to her, though. She has talked about it, but I won't be telling her things.

"I can say I think it would be nice if things worked out in Australia for her. I would like to come to Australia again and it would be good if she was to play in the Australian Open."

Bernoldi said that he wished the Australian public knew the Dokic that he knows.

"She is such a sweet, lovely person," Bernoldi said.

"We have been going out for a year and are in love. I would feel the same way about her no matter what she did. If she was a housewife or a tennis player I feel the same."


Dokic is starting to make her own decisions about her life since distancing herself from her father. When asked about Mr Dokic, Bernoldi was evasive. "I am going out with Jelena, what is important is how we get along, nothing else."

The Sun-Herald has learnt that the relationship between Dokic and her adopted country is strained.

And the relationship between her father and the tennis body is even worse.

"They are a very interesting family, the Dokics," said Dusan Orlandic, the general secretary of the Yugoslavian Tennis Association.

"We have not heard from Jelena for six months, but when we last spoke we were of the view that she would be representing this country.

"We still want Jelena to play here. That is certain. She can play for us if she would like. She has a Yugoslavian passport and she is eligible to play for us. She is also eligible to play for Australia. It is a difficult situation.

"We still want her to play for us in the Olympics and we will be very disappointed if she plays for Australia."
 

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its what yuo would expect enrique to say or jelena would give him a good arse spanking ;)! lol

well heres some further evidentiary support that jelena is growing from a girl in to a woman :) who is finally making her own decisions!!
 
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