Dokic back to rebuild tennis career
Former world No.4 Jelena Dokic has asked Australian sports fans for a little support and understanding in her bid to resurrect her career in Australia and says she has done nothing wrong.
Dokic, who flew in from Vienna, will attend a Tennis Australia camp next week at Melbourne Park in the hope of gaining a wildcard for next month's Australian Open.
"I don't think it was a sudden change. I wanted to (move here) two years ago," said Dokic, whose world ranking has slumped to 349th.
"I was ready to come here month before to get used of everything.
"It's not just come here two days before the tournament and say I'm an Australian and fit in here again, hopefully the people of Australia will understand that."
Dokic, who abandoned Australia in 2001 to play for Serbia and Montenegro, has been granted a wildcard entry into the Canberra International from January 6-13.
The 2000 Wimbledon semi-finalist, who has severed ties with her father Damir, says she is now capable of making decisions by herself.
"He's my father, he's family but he doesn't make my decisions anymore, I make my own. Yeah we've split and we don't agree on a lot of things," Dokic said.
"But that's passed and so I really have to look forward and go from here."
Following the lead of her father Damir at the time, Dokic vowed never to play in Australia again after claiming the 2001 Australian Open draw - when she played Lindsay Davenport in the first round - was rigged against her.
But she now insists winning back the support from the Australian public and fellow Australians on the WTA Tour are key priorities.
"I did not do anything wrong, the decisions weren't made by me," she said.
"Yes people will judge and say I did those things and that's why I'm back here, I wanted to show them I feel Australian and I grew up here and I really love to get the support I had before.
"I know that will take time, but I have nothing to regret, hopefully we can all look forward."
Wanting to make a fresh start, Dokic must wait another two years before she can represent Australia at Federation Cup level.