The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - FRONT PAGE - JES­SICA HAL­LO­RAN

TEN­NIS champ Je­lena Do­kic has dropped 30kg and re­turned to the court, dream­ing of mak­ing a pro­fes­sional come­back.

The for­mer world No. 4, who re­tired in 2013, has been en­joy­ing prac­tis­ing as she re­gains her fit­ness af­ter her dra­matic weight loss.

Do­kic, 34, who has also been bat­tling health is­sues, will make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on whether she tries to re­turn to the pro­fes­sional tour later this year.

While she is fo­cused on re­gain­ing fit­ness for health rea­sons she also ad­mits she has won­dered re­cently if she could com­pete at the top again.

“You can never say never,” she said. “But I am not prac­tis­ing with the in-

tent to get back on tour right now. I am prac­tis­ing and hit­ting balls for my own en­joy­ment and health at the mo­ment.

“I had bat­tled a thy­roid is­sue and up un­til a cou­ple of months ago I hadn’t set foot on the court for about two years.

“Right now it’s great to be back on court and hit some balls again.” Do­kic was a prodi­gious ten­nis player, mak­ing the quar­ter-fi­nals of Wim­ble­don when she was only 16.

At 17 she reached the semi-fi­nals at Wim­ble­don and by 19 she was world No 4. In­juries ended her ca­reer in 2013.

“As I didn’t leave ten­nis on my own terms, but due to in­juries and surg­eries, it has made me think lately what it would be like to play again,” Do­kic said.

“But I am not get­ting ahead of my­self. My health and fit­ness is my pri­or­ity.”

Do­kic will re­turn to Aus­tralia from Croa­tia in Oc­to­ber and said she is look­ing for­ward to her TV work dur­ing the Aus­tralian sum­mer, her book tour and new mo­ti­va­tional speak­ing com­mit­ments.

HOPES: For­mer world No. 4 ten­nis player Je­lena Do­kic in an Instagram post and (inset) in her play­ing days.

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