Jelena Dokic

  • Age35
  • Born12 April 1983
  • Birth PlaceOsijek, Croatia
  • LivesMonte Carlo, Monaco
  • Height175 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since1998
“"I wouldn't be out here now if I didn't have the ambition to play singles; I'm not going to go out and just play doubles"”

— Jelena Dokic, 16 Jan 2014

» Tennis still first love for Dokic

 On court

  • Started playing tennis aged eight, after watching former World No. 1 Monica Seles on television.
  • Migrated to Sydney with her family in 1994.
  • Won the US Open girls’ singles title in 1998.
  • Named ITF Junior World Champion and World No.1 junior in 1998.
  • Became the youngest player to represent Australia in Federation Cup in 1998.
  • Qualified for Wimbledon in 1999, defeating World No.1 Martina Hingis in the opening round – becoming the lowest ranked player in the Open era to defeat a top seed at a Grand Slam.
  • Reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2000, the first Australian to do so since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.
  • Represented Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, reaching the semifinals.
  • Won her first WTA Tour singles title in 2001 in Rome.
  • Moved into the world’s top 10 for the first time in 2001.
  • Changed her nationality to Yugoslavian (now Serbia and Monenegro) in 2001.
  • Experienced a dip in form in 2004 and returned to Australia to rebuild her career under the Australian flag in 2005.
  • Won the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off in 2006 and again in 2008.
  • Secured three ITF Futures titles in 2008, two in Italy and one in Germany.
  • Reached the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2009 as a wildcard, promoting her back into the world’s top 100.
  • Secured her first WTA title in almost 10 years, winning the Malaysian Open in 2011.
  • Proudest career achievement is the No.4 ranking she peaked at in 2002, aged 19.
  • Most memorable experience was playing at 2000 Olympics.
  • Player she most admired was Steffi Graf.

Off court

  • The daughter of Liliana and Damir, she has a younger brother, Savo.
  • Enjoys going to the beach, watching movies and shopping.
  • Favourite cities are Rome and Paris.

Year-end singles ranking history

2012 259
2011 66
2010 135
2009 57
2008 178
2007 NR
2006 621
2005 351
2004 125
2003 15
2002 9
2001 8
2000 26
1999 43



2011 Kuala Lumpur

2010 Contrexeville (France) ITF, Bucharest ITF, Vancouver ITF

2009 Athens ITF, Poitiers (France) ITF

2008 Florence (Italy) ITF, Caserta (Italy) ITF, Darmstadt (Germany) ITF

2002 Sarasota, Birmingham

2001 Rome, Tokyo [Princess Cup], Moscow.


2011 's-Hertogenbosch

2003 Zürich

2002 Paris [Indoors], Strasbourg, San Diego

2001 Bahia, Zürich, Linz.

Jelena Dokic in the news

Transitioning from life on the professional circuit
28 June, 2018

Casey Dellacqua, Jelena Dokic and Sam Groth were among some of the past players undertaking a coaching course in Melbourne last week.
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Molik, Dokic challenge Aussie hopefuls
Destanee Aiava in action at the Australian Open Play-off; Getty Images
29 December, 2017

Alicia Molik and Jelena Dokic believe the time is right for Australian young guns Destanee Aiava and Jaimee Fourlis to begin making their mark on the international stage.
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Best foot forward
Thanasi Kokkinakis in action at Indian Wells 2015; Getty Images
26 August, 2015

With Thanasi Kokkinakis now working full time with former Port Adelaide strength and nutrition coach Andrew Rondinelli, MATT TROLLOPE explores the increasing ties between tennis…
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Philippoussis set for Australian Open return
Mark Philippoussis; Getty Images
31 December, 2014

Former World No.8 Mark Philippoussis is set to return to the courts of Melbourne Park, teaming up with Frenchman Henri Leconte in the Australian Open 2015 Legends tournament.
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