Tight lips on Dokic return
By MARK STEVENS
AUSTRALIA'S leading women didn't come out swinging against tennis rebel Jelena Dokic yesterday, but they weren't exactly gushing with excitement about her return either.
Alicia Molik and Nicole Pratt refused to buy into the issue, saying they would have an opinion only when the controversial star made an official announcement on her intentions.
Dokic's camp has put out feelers about a return to the Australian Fed Cup team in time for the Olympics, but Molik and Pratt refused to expand on what they dubbed "speculation and rumour".
Pratt, whose Olympic and Fed Cup berth would be most under threat if Dokic returned, said the news had come out of the blue.
"We've seen Jelena on tour the last three or four weeks. There were no conversations there in reference to Fed Cup," Pratt said.
"I don't think anyone's in a position to make any comments.
"When the time comes, I'm sure everyone will have an opinion on the Jelena issue. We're waiting on her to make an announcement."
Molik, in hot form and challenging Pratt for Australian No. 1 status, said the issue had barely been discussed among the Fed Cup team.
"We can't talk about speculation. Until someone hears word or hears directly from her or anyone else, I guess we won't be," she said.
Fed Cup captain Evonne Goolagong Cawley was also tight-lipped at a telephone hook-up in the lead-up to this weekend's Fed Cup tie against Spain in Tarragona.
"I really have nothing to say. We're just here to focus on the Fed Cup," Goolagong Cawley said.
Molik and Pratt will spearhead Australia's assault as singles players against a Spanish team led by veteran Conchita Martinez.
Molik recently reached consecutive finals at Sarasota in Florida and Budapest, defeating Martinez on the way to the final at Sarasota.
And in Budapest, Molik lost to Spanish Fed Cup player Magui Serna, the world No. 42.
Molik said she had learnt how to win ugly.
"Now on a bad day I do what I have to and can still come through with a win," she said.