Dokic pleads 'I am Australian'
Jelena Dokic has pledged her allegiance to Australia as she prepares to return this weekend, while fearing what reception she will receive.
Dokic intends to re-apply for Australian citizenship, make herself available for the Fed Cup team and play qualifiers for January's Australian Open.
"I am an Australian, I feel like an Australian and I want to play for Australia again," Dokic said.
Dokic, under the influence of her father Damir Dokic, quit Australia amid claims the 2001 Australian Open draw was rigged against her and returned with her family to Serbia.
Now estranged from her father, she is aiming to repair her career after 18 months on non-activity and injury that have dropped her ranking into the 300s.
"What happened before I had no control over, the decisions weren't made by me," Dokic told The Times.
"This is a decision I am making.
"I wanted to go back before, but I was a little afraid of what reception I'd receive.
"Everyone will have their opinion and I cannot know how much will be positive or negative, but I owe a lot to so many people in Australia.
"It is where I belong."
Dokic is planning to attend a Tennis Australia camp in Melbourne in December, ending with qualifiers for an Australian Open wildcard, and then Australian Open lead-up tournaments in Auckland and Canberra.
"I haven't been ready to play before, but I've been training hard recently and though I know it won't come back easily for me, I have nothing to lose," Dokic said.
"I'm not expected to beat anyone, no one knows what to expect from me - I don't know what to expect from myself, but I'm fine with that.
"I just feel happy and good about my life and I am hungry to compete back at the level I used to."
Dokic can not remember when she last spoke to her father and has only occasional contact with her mother, splitting her time between Monte Carlo and Croatia.
"My father and I have completely different ideas, we aren't on the same wavelength," Dokic said.
"I am not able to live with him or work with him.
"When you are in that situation, you can survive for a certain period of time but then it has to end.
"It is like that with a coach, but it is so much tougher when it is family."