Dokic to receive no home help
By Leo Schlink
JELENA Dokic will not be given special Australian Open favours over home-grown players.
Dokic, who returns to Australia at the weekend after a three-year exile, will have to re-establish herself on merit.
Australian Open chief executive Paul McNamee said Dokic's first competitive port of call was the Open training camp wildcard play-off in three weeks.
"Jelena is going to be at the Australian Open training camp and she will be in the play-off," McNamee said.
"We won't be making any decision on wildcards for the Australian Open until after the play-offs.
"There will be a level playing field for everyone. We will be fair with every player."
If Dokic failed to win the December 16-19 play-off - a strong possibility given she has not played since August - she would then have to rely on the generosity of organisers.
Open officials allocate eight wildcards into both the men's and women's singles main draw.
Three women's wildcards have already been distributed - to Kia Pro Tour winner Casey Dellacqua, another to the French Tennis Federation under a reciprocal agreement and a third to Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradov, winner of the Asian Championships.
If Dokic was still in need of a wildcard to avoid qualifying, the former Wimbledon semi-finalist would be in the running for one of the remaining wildcards.
Dokic will make her Australian tennis tournament return at the Canberra International from January 6 to 13. The Canberra tournament will be Dokic's first in Australia since 2001.