Dated 12 November 2005
Jelen Dokic will re-apply for Australian Citizenshop when she visits Melbourne next month to prepare for the Australian Open.
The tennis stars high profile father Damir Dokic has confirmed his estranged daughter will go back on her decision to play under the Serbian flag and return to the Australian fold.
She is expected to apply for Australian Citizenshop in time for the Australian Open in January - an even she has not played since 2001.
"Jelena phoned her mother and told her she plans to travel to Melbourne in December to prepare for the Australian Open," Damir Dokic told Kurir, a Serbian newspaper.
"She wants to take Australian Citizenshop when she is tehre and to play at the Australian open as an Australian citisen."
Dokic has been a tennis reculse for the past two years, with her world ranking dropping into the 300s after being estranged from her controversial father, who caused the infamour incidents at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Her parents said they had not heard from her since a tournament in Italy in August and were considering calling police before she telephoned her mother.
"She phoned my wife from Croatia saying she was OK," Damir dokic said.
"I thought she has been kidnapped or something. "
"She did not call for three months and i was about to ring the police."
Serbian tennis federation chiefs said they has not been able to contact the player for a year.
"If Jelenas application for Australian citizenshop will be good for her career then I wish her well," Serbian Tennis Federation president Slobodan Zivojinovic said.
"Ive tried to contact her but have been unable to do so for the last 12 months."
Dokic, 22 moved with her family to Australia in 1994 and became a rising star on the tour, making the semi0filans of Wimbledon shortlyl after her 17th
She quit Australia and signed for Serbia after the 2001 Australian Open when the family's perceptions of the draw being rigged against her proved to be the last straw in their anger at Australian tennis officialdom.
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