I do not know whether this is old news or not, but I watched BBC news just now and they said Jelena is confirm not playing in Australia because of teh distance travel and the reception she get in Australia
What lame excuses for not playing a Grand Slam event.
I did not know she was that affected by the impression she left.
Though Hewitt is far from being my favourite male player, his attitude during the last US Open and the way he handled the additional pressure just show what a great champion is. Good lesson for Jelena Dokic.
Ok, those comment were really silly, specially the "far away" one, BUT when Jelena changed to Yugoslavia, all the Australian tennis directors and tennis fans got really mad with her. That Dokic/Davenport 1st round clash was obviously a fraud.
Still, she shouldn't skip the Australian Open. It could really give a good BOOM to her ranking, since she has only one point to defend. I hope she can learn her lesson <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
It's a shame that Jelena has chosen not to play @ the Oz, but I'm sure that it is a decision that will come back to haunt her this year. If she is worried about a bad reception, she will guarantee herself one if she continues to avoid the first slam of the year. Not only that, but the ranking points that Jelena will lose out on may hurt her, especially if she cannot successfully defend her results next fall. A good example is Kournikova, who kept her ranking from falling below the top 100 with her showings @ the Oz Open and the Pan Pacific.
If Jelena wants a model for dealing with pressure, she should look no further than Martina Hingis. After getting booed out of the stadium in 99, Hingis returned the next day to play a doubles final where she and Kournikova were the runners-up. Then she returned next year and made it to the semifinals and won the doubles title with Pierce. While the Graf incident was caused by Hingis' behavior, she could have easily folded and tried to avoid Roland Garros. Martina didn't and instead choose to face her detractors and play. While Hingis is not one of my favorites, I have to respect her willingness to play @ the French.
Jelena is still young. Her game matured nicely this year and hopefully she will continue to grow next year as well. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
With her current ranking and her game, Jelena could have a chance to go far in this tournament, which means she could get more ranking points, which may be helpful to her in case her play falls off during the later part of the season.
All in all, Jelena is making a mistake, but it is her decision. <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
Ok, I don't know how many of you guys watched the Dokic vs Davenport clash. I was there live and you could see Jelena was hurting.
She really didn't want to be out there and I think that she's not sure whether she's ready to face that again.
With some of the way Australian posters speak on this board, I can see why she wouldn't want to come back to a pack of animals like that.
Jelena, please, forget about them and come play for your fans. You can do good girl.
Here's an article I found:
<br />'Dokic to miss Australian Open, Serve most important'
Former Australian tennis player Jelena Dokic confirmed on Wednesday that she would not be in Australia for the first Grand Slam of the year.
Dokic said she felt that Australia was 'too far' away and that she didn't feel she was ready to face the Australian public after the debacle caused at last year's event.
Dokic however said she'll use the extra time to work on her serve, the most important factor of improvement in her game.
'Doing well in Grand Slams would be nice but at the moment, it's not my priority. My priority is to get my serve to the level where it's a real weapon. During the offseason, I'll be working pretty much on the serve along with fitness and strength training. I think once I get my serve together, I'm going to go a lot further in the Slams so it's not a priority right now'
Dokic's trainer, Mike Nishihara said that alongside the heavy work on her serve, Dokic would continue working on her fitness, speed and strength.
'Jelena knows the serve is her weakness and she's started working on it very hard already. We'll also concentrate on her footwork and really improving her strength.
Dokic also said that she would play a lesser schedule next year.
'This year was a little difficult because I started 2 months into the year. I had to play a lot to catch up. Next year, I start two months earlier so I don't have to play as many events' said Dokic
<br />- At least she'll be doing something over the break.
ILUVJELENA - Im sure you could have voiced your support without insulting every australian on this board in the process!!!
As far as Im concerned, I dont give a shyt whether ingrate Dokic comes back ever again...
The New Idea might do an article on her and her father, so I can understand why the torment of that would keep them away forever LOL....
CaioBraz - Are you kidding?? You honestly think the Dokic/Davenport match was rigged?>??
You poor thing, even Lindsay said how completely and utterly ridiculous that claim was, but there are always one or two people who'll beleive anything I guess....
I would possibly Boo Jelena if I saw her - depending on my mood, after she took all the benefits of the australian junior tennis coaching and set up etc, when s afew negative articles are written about POOR OLD VICTIMISED Damir, she ups and changes country....How ungrateful???
God I wish Rita Kuti Kiss bitch slapped her after jelena said those OH SO CLASSY comments about her....
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When their is little support for a player and large amount of detractors, there is more often then not, a basis for it.
Dokic treated Australian Tennis, Australian Tennis fans with total disdain. The situation is she is not wanted in this country (The country she turned her back on) and does not or will not see why. Why there are people like ILJ, who condones her every action, then she will seek solace in that and not mature. I'm definate the Australian Tournament Directors have not lost a wink of sleep over her not playing, as most Australian TENNIS fans haven't either.
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She played her heart out this year. I hope she's skipping it only because she needs a break. Now is the time given there's nothing to defend there. It was a great opportunity for her to pick up points, however.
Actually Adrian, I would love to see Jelena play in Australia which I'm sure she'll do in the future. I doubt you have ever criticised Hingis is your entire life.
If you read the papers a few weeks back it said a Tennis Australia Official was quite angry at the Dokic snub. For people who supposedly 'don't care', you people have a lot to say.
It's my only opportunity to see Jelena live and as disappointed as I am, I stand by her and her decisions as a fan.
Rated Next: I'm also quite encouraged by the fact Jelena will be working hard on her serve and will come back better than ever. But she also sas she'll have to start volleying more.
At the end of the day, Jelena does not have to justify herself to anyone and in fact, she loves Australia and calls it her favourite country. She was actually planning on playing Fed Cup last year till the draw (as revealed by former manager John McCurdy)
For someone to take the time to play Fed Cup and the Olympics for their country obviously shows that she did genuinely like Australia and feels Australian. It's a shame you guys don't realise that.