I've lost 30kg

Je­lena Do­kic’s amaz­ing trans­for­ma­tion & come­back dream

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - 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 in­tent to get back on tour right now.

“I am prac­tis­ing and hit­ting balls for my own en­joy­ment and health at the mo­ment.

“I 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, who has re­cently signed up to weight-loss com­pany Lady Shake as an am­bas­sador, has steadily lost the weight she gained be­cause of a thy­roid is­sue.

Do­kic’s man­ager Nick Ford­ham said his client’s fo­cus is her health. “It’s way too early to of­fi­cially an­nounce a come­back but it’s great to see her get­ting en­joy­ment back on the court,” he said.

“First and fore­most her health and fit­ness has been her pri­or­ity and she has seemed to have blitzed that in a ma­jor way.

“Her hap­pi­ness is a pri­or­ity as well and it seems like she is get­ting en­joy­ment from be­ing back on the court. As well as fo­cus­ing on the launch of her book.”

Do­kic’s ex­plo­sive tell-all bi­og­ra­phy, which records the highs and lows of her life so far, in­clud­ing her fraught re­la­tion­ship with her fa­ther Damir, is out in Novem­ber.

“I have en­joyed the process of writ­ing my life story and I can’t wait for it to come out,” she said.

“Al­ready the in­ter­est and sup­port has been in­cred­i­ble.”

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.

Pic­ture: AP

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

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