Meanwhile, Jelena Dokic's first Australian team selection since 2000 could also be her final Fed Cup opportunity, according to the nation's most-capped Fed Cup player Rennae Stubbs. "A cat's got nine lives, but if Jelena thinks she's got nine lives that's not going to be the case," said Stubbs yesterday. "This is her last one."
Dokic has been selected for next month's Asia-Oceania zone group tournament in Perth, having not represented her adopted country since electing to play under the Serbia and Montenegro flag from 2001. After returning to Belgrade with her family at the insistence of her father Damir, she competed in the Europe-Africa zone in 2004.
Dokic switched allegiances back to Australia late in 2005, but was forced to apologise publicly and privately to Tennis Australia staff and coaches on her most recent return to Australia, after accusing the national body of a lack of support and criticising the results of players preferred for main draw wildcards. Her relationships with fellow Australian players generally range from distant to strained.
"I hope Jelena's learnt from her past trangressions," Stubbs said. "As Australians we welcome people in team environments and social environments at all times when they are genuine and mean what they say and they follow it through, and I hope that's the case from now on. I think she's taken advantage of a few situations in the past."
Stubbs said she and teammates Stosur and Dellacqua had been consulted by captain David Taylor before Dokic's inclusion, but that it was thought the potential on-court benefit of her recall had been worth any potential risk to team harmony. Dokic has a healthy 11-2 singles record since a spectacular debut against Argentina in 1998.
I am wondering what will happen in Fed Cup when they actually meet ?