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Jelena Dokic launches new official website

Jelena Dokic has launched her new website at jelenadokic.net and here is her welcome message:

The 27-year-old Dokic has direct entry to the main draw of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Her opponent in the first round of Roland Garros will be world No.25 Lucie Safarova. The former world No.4 Dokic played the quarterfinals of the tournament in 2002. Last year she retired with a back injury while leading world No.4 Elena Dementieva by a set and a break in the second round.

Dokic’s last tournament was this month’s $50,000 challenger in Prague where she reached the third round, and before Prague she played Indian Wells in March. The two months in-between the world No.117 spent recovering from a leg injury.

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14 thoughts on “Jelena Dokic launches new official website

  1. bb

    "My name is JeleJJJJJJna"

    –pathetic, lost so much respect from her! Way to make her name more Anglophone! Shame on her!

    Also, I doubt she will go far in any tournament. Her coach/bf is unprofessional and very scandalous. Her brother went to

    Hope JJ, Ana or Nole do not go down her/Monica Seles's path!

    Greeting Marija…How is it going?

  2. karolina07

    Geez, give the girl a break….'pathetic', 'lame', 'shame on her'…. for what exactly???

    When you are speaking to a predominately english audience, alot of players will just pronounce their names without the proper inflections/stresses….no-vac instead of no-vark, svetlana instead of svyetlana….

    Jelena has recently said she still maintains very close ties to her European background… lighten up!!!

  3. jacob

    im just saying its a lame promo i'm not talking about her voice or anything, i'm just saying its pretty poorly edited and not the most flattering outfit and look for when she was talking.

  4. karolina07

    Ah, yeh she does…. she was recently asked whether she will live in Australia or Europe on completion of her career, and she said Europe. It makes more sense for her, as her boyfriend, friends and some family live there.

    I see what you are saying about the promo, but I liked the fact she was in sports clothes… why does it need to be edited and photo shopped so she looks like a model? She is an athlete, after all

  5. bb

    "When you are speaking to a predominately english audience, alot of players will just pronounce their names without the proper inflections/stresses….no-vac instead of no-vark, svetlana instead of svyetlana…."

    –Totally disagree, I think that is disrespect to the culture of the language if a name is pronounced badly even after you tell the person how to say it right. Whenever I say my name (Obrad) I never say it with an accent to English speakers or just say Brad for example. I teach them how to say it properly. Also, I always ask for the ić not (ic, or ich) because that is not my name! And also, it is not no-vark, it is no-vak (with a strong k). I really pay a lot of attention to language, and I do understand that Anglophones have a hard time with languages, but come on… learn the names properly people! They always make mistakes with foreign sounding names (which is ignorant) which makes the players say it the way they do! I think Marija posted a a video of locals saying the names right. I think it was on Roland Garross. Nevertheless, Karolina it does make a big difference and I am not the only one with the opinion.

    About her moving back, I am skeptical and do agree with Jacob. Her mom lives in Australia so that is basically all her family. She said that she will never play for Serbia which is really sad (and low), but I respect it if Australia gave her all the right conditions to train. Also, what do you mean by her "Eastern European roots"? She is Serbian. Her family was forced out of Croatia because of their nationality. I honestly believe that her personal problems affected her decision on the country she was going to play for. Obviously the war had a huge affect as well. But I think her dad (although pretty mad) made the right decision for her to play for Serbia (her home country) after the war was over. Jelena Dokić would be a nice asset to the countries tennis as many Serbs feel betrayed that she left after her "breakup" with her dad. I read that she does feel bad that her father was in jail not long ago. In that case, I would also think that she could move back. However, her BF is Croatian and I doubt he would support that. He has too big of an influence over her, and I think that is bad for her career

    Sorry for the rant Marija, had to get it out!

  6. karolina07

    I didn't say that it was right or even just to mis-pronounce the name bb, I stated that this is what happens when speaking to an english audience. Right or wrong, it occurs because the English language is obviously structured much differently… for example, Nick Bolletieri pronounces Jelena Jankovic with a hard 'J'…. He is not inferring disrespect,'J' in english is hard, where as in other cultures it is a "Y" sound. So as a native English speaker, he goes with what is familiar. Again, whether this is disrespectful, is subject to opinion. I agree with you bb, it is appropriate to learn correct pronounciation, but calling Jelena 'pathetic' was too harsh. Just my opinion.

    I did not allude to Jelena representing Serbia again, nor did I mention she is 'Eastern European'. In fact, no mention of nationality. I simply refered to an interview which said that Jelena will base herself in Europe after her career is over, which does suggest links to her former background.

  7. bb

    Although you did not allude that Jelena was going to play for Serbia (that was strictly my point which was not going against your past proclamations), you did however explicitly state that she is "Eastern European". Seeing as Serbia is in Eastern Europe, you would be right. I do not understand why you would counter your statement. Because you did not mention nationality, I felt obliged to enlighten you and simply tell you the hard facts. Europe is not a country, Europe is a continent.

    About the phonetics of the language, I simply exposed my thoughts on the matter. I honestly believe that reporters (however difficult) should learn how to correctly, or at least to an extent, know how to pronounce a players name.

    BTW…I saw the draws for women! IT IS NOOT lOOKING GOOD FOr MANY OF THE TOP PLAYERS! The top half is REALLY HARD: Henin, Serina, JJ, Ana, Aggie, Stouser! The second half is so eassy! Sveta, Caroline! I strongly dislike the draw! I was hoping for JJ and Ana to be in opposite draws! But, it is the luck of the draw!!

    What do u think Marija?

  8. karolina07

    I never explicitly stated "eastern europe" in any of my contributions, bb.

    I did not mention nationality, and referred to Jelena as 'european', because I am not sure with what nation she aligns herself with. Yes, she represented Serbia and Monetenegro, but her mother is Croatian, and her father is Serbian….and she spent much of her youth in Australia. Therefore, I chose not to allude to any specific nation.

    I think your point is a valid one, as most are on this blog, and it's good to have these discussions.

    So, we'll have to agree to disagree on this one, I think….

  9. jacob

    My mother is French and my dad is Czech (my last name is appleton however, as my grandpa is English and met my grandma on holiday in Czech) so after the war they moved to Australia for a better life for me and my siblings, i agree, and i don't mean to insult, but predominately, first language english speaking countries are too arrogant to learn different languages. There are only 8 people out of 179 students in my year that are learning a language, me included. (French). I can pronouce Jelena Jankovic, i don't find it hard at all to say, perhaps because of my parents.

  10. Marija Post author

    Bb, I also noticed the way she pronounced her name, but I wasn't offended or anything. I suppose it's understandable when you grow up in a foreign country. And the need to blend is not a bad thing. We have different opponions about it, but for me, as long as a person doesn't influence anyone in a bad way or attack them, that person can choose to either blend completely or to promote their origin. And as Jelena was addressing the English speaking audience, as Karolina07 said, it's not strange that she pronounced her name that way. My name is Maria, and when I speak in English I always pronounce my name the way Maria Sharapova does, and not with Serbian accents.

    On another note, pronouncing names correctly is a huge issue, and it is very complicated, no wonder people are confused. And when you add the laziness of journalists and all the others you get a disaster, which we have in both English and Serbian. I could talk about this for hours, but I can shortly say that adapting names among languages can never be 100% correct, because of the lack of corresponding sounds (just like a translation can rarely match the original in quality – although the opposite can also be true, I mean that a translation is better than the original).

    Bb, and you asked me how I was, oh well, better don't ask, I would just be complaining. :P

    And about the draw, I don't know any more what's hard and what's easy, everyone can be hard and everyone can be easy. But yes, the upper half should be more difficult, look in the bottom there is No.3 Wozniacki and she might not even play!

    Jacob, I don't think it's lame. It's just a short promo, not intended to be breathtaking or anything.

    Btw, I think Dokic broke up with her boyfriend, I think my colleague told me that…

  11. LuLinQa

    About pronounciation, every english speaking person or whoever should speak different names correctly! I find it insulting and ignorant, especially when I repeat my name to them like 20 times (I am Ľubomíra, little bit hard I know). I can say everyone´s name correctly and it´s not important for me where he or she is from. I wouldn´t call Serena like "sErEna" with strong E not like ee just because in my language we read it like that.
    Also, I am dissapointed about MaSha after I saw one video. She is a Slavonic so she has to know how to pronounce JJ´s name correctly, but she still said it with american accent. Also, she is speaking English with her dad at home so…
    Jacob, I wish there will be more guys like you. For me and all my compatriots it´s necessary to learn different languages to be even able to leave the country.
    People could be better if they weren´t that lazy (some of them).

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