Dokic’s return to the Australian Open this month after a four-year hiatus lasted only one round, but her homecoming was well received and she is in contact with Tennis Australia (TA) officials about her future.
The Advertiser has reported that Dokic and TA director of player development Craig Tiley have discussed her return to Fed Cup competition for Australia, but the 22-year-old will likely have to serve a two-year qualifying period before she can wear the green and gold again.
She played Fed Cup for Serbia and Montenegro in Athens two years ago under the direction of her father, meaning she must wait the 24-month period before she can change her allegiance, although she can appeal to the International Tennis Federation on compassionate grounds.
Dokic is understood to have decided to remain base din Monte Carlo for her immediate future and is in discussions with TA over coaching assistance. Dokic will join Fed Cup squad members Sam Stosur and Alicia Molik, who is still unavailable with an inner-ear infection, while TA will also name an Australian Institute of Sport squad.
Meanwhile, World No.1 Roger Federer says he can’t remember a time when he was more nervous heading into a grand slam final, than when he walked onto Rod Laver Arena on Sunday. It may have been his nerves that allowed unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis to get the jump on Federer in the Australian Open final at Melbourne Park.
Baghdatis took the first set in 12 games, but Federer rallied in the second and then blew the Cypriot away in the third and fourth sets to take the match 5-7 7-5 6-0 6-2. www.sportal.com.au