Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

Dokic is not done yet


dokicIf anyone deserves to make a successful comeback to top flight tennis it is Jelena Dokic.

When most players want a second bite of the cherry, it is because they enjoyed their careers so much the first time round and realised how much they missed it when they began to pursue other interests. If in doubt ask Martina Navratilova, (a blink and you’ll miss it singles return in 2004), Martina Hingis or even Kim Clijsters (who has had enough of changing nappies, perhaps).

But Dokic, once ranked as high as fourth in the world and a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, had little to shout about when she was making waves about a decade ago.

Her career was marred by depression, injuries and not to mention a domineering father (who had a penchant for destroying other people’s mobile phones and complaining about the price of salmon among many other things).