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Article - Dokic back in Australian fold - Damir

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
birthday.

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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Dokic won't play for Australia, said her manager and friend Drago Diklic!
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haha i hope he lied

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Haha, I'm affraid he told the true!
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i think she will play for austraila

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No, if she thinks she will play better for Australia, she is in big problem! She hasn't problems with flags, her life is main reason!
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Stay with Serbia please. PLEASE.
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I think she should go to the country that made her a star.

Jelena Dokic, Daniela Hantuchova, Marion Bartoli, Elena Dementieva
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Stay with Serbia please. PLEASE.
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I think she should go to the country that made her a star.
that would be Australia

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lets just hope she comes back and plays

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I hope she does, but there hasnt been any other news and there was also rumours like this, this time last year
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Manager was wrong

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MELBOURNE, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Former world number four Jelena Dokic is returning to Australia on Saturday and has been granted a wild card entry to the Canberra Classic tournament in January.

The 22-year-old, who has not played in Australia since abandoning the country in 2001 to return and play under the flag of her native Serbia and Montenegro, is also seeking to play Fed Cup for her former adopted homeland.

Dokic moved to Australia in 1994 and twice represented the country in the Fed Cup and at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, before returning to Europe after her father Damir, her coach at the time, accused officials of rigging the Australian Open draw against her.

"She's arriving on a plane this weekend in Australia, is going to take an apartment in Melbourne, try hard, try to earn her wild card for the Australian Open with a playoff, but she's been given one in Canberra," Australian Open chief executive Paul McNamee said.

"Eight or 10 weeks ago I just got a phone call from Jelena saying 'I want to come back and play if I can, and play under the Australian flag if I can, can we help in any way?'

"So I passed that on to Steve (Tennis Australia chief executive Steve Wood), we talked about it, and as an Australian, she deserves every chance like any other Aussie."

HUGE POTENTIAL

Wood said Dokic, whose ranking has plummeted to 349, would be welcomed back, starting with the tournament in Canberra.

"Jelena is a player with huge potential and will be a real drawcard for this tournament," Wood said.

"Tennis Australia has always said that the door was open for Jelena when she felt able to return to Australia and that time has come.

"She is now in a position to make her own decisions in life and we are happy to help her make that fresh start."

Dokic now has little contact with her father and has said she was looking forward to returning to Australia.

"I am an Australian, I feel like an Australian and I want to play for Australia again," she was reported as saying by News Ltd newspapers.

"Australia is such a great country. The people are amazing. "I had tremendous support from a lot of people, I loved playing Fed Cup, it was a great experience for me. I got along with everyone.

"I never got rid of my Australian nationality. I'm ready to be Australian again -- there would be no point going back if I didn't feel Australian."

My Forever Fav: Jelena Dokic

Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic

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Jelena is Serbian, she has two citizenship. She has Serbian blood, it's a fact!
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