View Full Version : Jelena Dokic begins comeback: trains with Olivia Lukaszewicz on Sunday

Dec 4th, 2005, 07:49 PM

Dokic on track to rekindle career
Leo Schlink

JELENA Dokic will return to Melbourne Park today for the first time since a troubled exit four years ago.

Now ranked 349th in the world, Dokic will practise at the Australian Open site with South Australian teenager Olivia Lukaszewicz.

Another former player planning to make an Open return is Martina Hingis, who yesterday outlined an ambitious assault on the sport's riches.

Dokic arrived in Australia from Croatia on Saturday for the first time since her controversial departure ordered by her father and coach Damir in January 2001.

The Wimbledon semi-finalist and former world No. 4 is determined to forge a fresh start in her adopted country, despite resistance from a small pocket of players and spectators.

"I was a little bit nervous coming here," Dokic said on her arrival. "But I'm even happier with my decision now. It will be tough. Not everyone will agree with my decision."

Dokic, 22, will take part in the Australian Open training camp from Wednesday.

The baseliner, who once thrashed Hingis in the first round at Wimbledon, plans to contest the training camp's wildcard playoff next week.

If she fails to land an Open wildcard, Dokic would need organisers to issue her with a separate wildcard.

Her first tournament next year is in Auckland (January 1-7), followed by the Canberra International (January 6-13).

The right-hander will use Melbourne as her base as she tries to resurrect a sagging career. She no longer has contact with her notorious father, having spent much of the past year living in Zagreb.

Damir Dokic believes his daughter's move back to Australian representation is positive but nevertheless predicts her career is effectively over.

Australian tennis officials believe otherwise.

Dokic, who has represented Australia and Serbia and Montenegro in Fed Cup, is free to play under the Australian flag at individual tournaments. But because she played for Serbia and Montenegro in Greece last year, she faces a two-year Fed Cup qualifying period.

Dec 4th, 2005, 07:51 PM
Good Luck JELENA :D :bounce:

Louis Cyphre
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:02 PM
Good Luck Jelena :yeah:

Dec 4th, 2005, 08:07 PM
Surely Jelena's game hasn't fallen to the point where Olivia is the only girl who will hit with her:o ...I hope not.

Glad to see her really giving this her best though...I hope she plays Auckland, Canberra, AO, and then the four challengers in Australia throughout February and March...that would be great for her IMO.

Dec 4th, 2005, 08:36 PM
Let's hope for Jelena that she can beat Olivia "Double double bagel" Lukaszewicz ;)

Dec 4th, 2005, 08:38 PM

Good luck! :bounce:

Dec 4th, 2005, 09:07 PM
"Martina Hingis, who yesterday outlined an ambitious assault on the sport's riches. "

Is Hingis some type of pirate now? AR!

Dec 4th, 2005, 09:10 PM
Ajde Jelena :hug:

Dec 5th, 2005, 12:00 AM
Jelena :hug:

Dec 5th, 2005, 12:25 AM
who were some of the players that were mad she went back to australia

Dec 5th, 2005, 12:26 AM
who were some of the players that were mad she went back to australia

Pratt, probably. Had issues with her in the past, I think.

Dec 5th, 2005, 03:05 AM
is she without a coach?

Dec 5th, 2005, 05:37 AM
OMG - Olivia is from the same suburb as I (Parafield Gardens) and started her career at my club Elizabeth Tennis Club and now she's practicing with Jelena Dokic - cool.

but, yeah they should get Stosur or Molik to practice with her or Roche or some one credible. But Olivia is a cool person too.

Dec 5th, 2005, 05:41 AM
It was actually today, monday that they practiced.
There are pics of Jelena in the other thread "inspiration from pierce" (or something like that)