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Dokic dumped, and Damir still in doghouse

Steve Pearce reported this story on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 12:52:00

Jelena Dokic has lost her first round match at Wimbledon, signalling a mid-year slump after making
the quarter-finals on her return to grand slams at this year's Australian Open. She also says
there's no hope of reconciliation with her jailed father Damir in Belgrade.

PETER CAVE: What started off as a fairytale year has morphed closer to an annus horribilis for
Australian tennis player Jelena Dokic.

The 26-year-old was a quarter-finalist on her return to the major tennis scene in this year's
Australian Open, but last night at Wimbledon she was dumped.

Afterwards she rejected reports she was considering visiting her jailed father Damir in Belgrade,
and says there's no hope of a reconciliation.

Steve Pearce was courtside to watch both her exit from Wimbledon and the very public dramas of her
private life.

STEVE PEARCE: Jelena Dokic has had one of the more extraordinary careers of anyone in Australian
tennis in recent years.

A much hyped teenager who made the last four at Wimbledon nine years ago, she later disappeared
from the sport, due largely to her destructive relationship with her controversial father Damir.

Dokic senior is now in jail in Belgrade for threatening Australian Embassy staff, after a recent
article alluded to a physically abusive relationship with his daughter.

The 26-year-old has had to deal with questions about her father for the last decade and it was no
different after her first round defeat at the hands of German qualifier Tatiana Malik.

REPORTER: Jelena how hard has it been over the last couple of months to block out another one with
your father with the distractions that he must bring to you with what's gone on?

JELENA DOKIC: You know, at the Australian Open I think I've answered all the questions regarding
that, so it's just something that hasn't been a part of my life for a long time and something that
also took me a long time to figure out and get over.

So I really don't think that for me to answer questions regarding that every time he does
something, I just don't see it necessary because it really has nothing to do with me. I haven't
even been reading the papers or the Internet and I didn't even have any idea what was going on and
then finding out that I'm in some other country when I'm practising is boring.

STEVE PEARCE: Pressed further, Dokic sought a very public end to the relationship that has hurt her
most since she burst onto the tennis scene as a 15-year-old.

JELENA DOKIC: It's okay. Once now and forever there is nothing, no way that I would ever reunite
with him or ever have a relationship with him. So, this is the last sentence ever you guys will
hear from me and that's the way it is.

STEVE PEARCE: Public affection waned for some years in Australia, especially when the Serbian-born
prodigy packed her bags to return to Europe, during one of the more difficult periods in her life.
And whilst she now has the public support once more, she's more than ready to admit hers hasn't
been a normal existence.

JELENA DOKIC: I think I've had a very strange situation with everything going on off the court. I
think maybe sometimes people look at that and that makes a difference. But you know I would like
the people to come and watch me and see me as a tennis player, not because of something else.

STEVE PEARCE: Dokic says there were times in recent years when she thought about a future without
tennis but it's a future without her father and his antics that she seems to truly crave.

This is Steve Pearce at Wimbledon for The World Today.