Jelena Dokic will return to Melbourne next week to prepare for the Australian circuit, training with the Richmond Football Club’s elite performance manager Matt Hornsby.
The 25-year-old Dokic is expected to perform much better than was the case 11 months ago when she had played just one satellite-level match. From being an unranked player, Dokic returned to the top 180 in the world and Australia’s best four during the 2008 season, and will not have to rely on a discretionary invitation into the Australian Open wildcard play-off at Melbourne Park from December 15-21.
“It’s more just consulting and helping her with her overall program in the lead-in to the summer, and then doing maybe two or three individual sessions a week, as well,” Hornsby said. “Jelena wasn’t someone that I had to push to train, it was always easy to train her, and so I’m happy to help her out — she was very professional the way she went about it.”
I can’t wait to see how Dokic will perform next season. The 2008 one was a successful warm-up, with the former world No.4 winning three ITF tournaments: Florence, Caserta and Darmstadt. (source: The Age, photo: Ralf Reinecke)