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Dokic wants to be Australian again

23/10/2003 05:32:12 AM Comments (0)

Tennis star Jelena Dokic from Serbia-Montenegro said on Wednesday she again was considering changing her nationality again to gain a spot at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Dokic gave up her Australian passport two years ago, but cannot compete in Athens wearing the colours of Serbia-Montenegro because International Tennis Federation rules would only allow her an Olympic start if she played at least one Fed Cup match for her homeland.

"It is easily possible that I become Australian again," Dokic told Austrian press agency APA.

"I want to play at the Olympics, but they are still far away and my main aim is to find my top form again and return to the top ten," she added.

To qualify for Athens, Dokic would have to reconsider her refusal to play in Australia's Fed Cup team and rejoin the team in 2004. Otherwise the ITF would not allow her to enter the Olympics.

Dokic already represented Australia in the Fed Cup in 1999 and 2000, before reverting to her Serbian nationality.

Thrashing WTA No.7 Daniela Hantuchova in only 62 minutes 6-4 6-1 late Tuesday night, Dokic finally showed great form at the end of a rather mediocre season.

Reaching her first 2003 final at the Swisscom Challenge in Zurich last week, the 20-year-old former WTA No.4 has only just returned to the top 15, after dropping to as low as No.25 midseason.

But Dokic, a five-time WTA title winner, is on an upward swing and ready for more.

"I have had troubles this year, but now things seem to get going," she said.

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