I've lost 30kg
Jelena Dokic’s amazing transformation & comeback dream
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.
Former world No. tennis player Jelena Dokic in an Instagram post, and (inset) in her playing days.