Former Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic has revealed she would be open to making a return to the sport.
At just 16-years-old, Dokic stunned tennis fans when she defeated world No.1 Martina Hingis at Wimbledon in 1999.
Climbing the rankings to become the world No.4 by the time she was 19, Dokic quickly became one of Australia’s biggest tennis stars.
Now at the age of 37, Dokic featured in this year’s legends doubles event at the Australian Open after she retired from tennis back in 2014 due to injury.
Admitting she played “pretty well” in the event, the former Aussie tennis star said she wouldn’t rule out a return to tennis.
Happy to compete again in legends matches, Dokic declared she would also be open to making a comeback in professional doubles.
“I always say, ‘never say never to things’,” Dokic told Nine’s The Greatest.
“Yeah maybe, I played the legends match this year at the Australian Open for the first time since I retired.
“I actually played pretty well, even the volleys, it was good to get back out there and play some tennis.
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“I would love to, even if it was just some doubles or legends matches, I would love to get a chance to be back on court again.
The tennis season was suspended back in March due to the coronavirus outbreak with the shutdown to continue at least until mid-July with countries all around the world going into lockdown to contain the spread of the virus.
Lleyton Hewitt said on last week’s edition of The Greatest that Tennis Australia are looking at ways of bringing in a domestic competition for local players only with international travel set to be a difficult endeavour for athletes around the world.
Dokic said she would be open to competing in competitions held in Australia.
“The times that we’re in with tennis, we might not see international travel or tennis. So, it would be great to have some domestic tennis and have some domestic competitions.
“If there’s an opportunity for me to play some legends and maybe some doubles, why not.”