PLAYER PROFILE

Jelena Dokic

  • Age37
  • 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

Titles/Finals

Titles

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.

Finals

2011 's-Hertogenbosch

2003 Zürich

2002 Paris [Indoors], Strasbourg, San Diego

2001 Bahia, Zürich, Linz.

Jelena Dokic in the news

Flashback Friday: Dokic’s title breakthrough in Rome
CHAMPION: Jelena Dokic celebrates her Rome victory in 2001. Picture: Getty Images
18 September, 2020

In our Flashback Friday series, we look back at when Jelena Dokic won her maiden WTA title in 2001.
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Sydney 2000 Olympics: Celebrating the 20-year anniversary
Australia's Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde with their Olympic silver medals won in Sydney in 2000. Picture: Getty Images
15 September, 2020

With today marking 20 years since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games began, we take a look back at how the Australian tennis team fared across that memorable fortnight.
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Social round-up: Aussie stars having fun in New York
Ellen Perez and Storm Sanders in New York. Picture: Instagram
27 August, 2020

What have Australia's top-ranked players been up to? We've collated tweets and posts from this week to keep fans up to date.
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Wimbledon 2000 flashback: Aussie superstars shine
AUSSIE STARS: Jelena Dokic, Pat Rafter and Mark Philippoussis all made memorable Wimbledon runs in 2000. Pictures: Getty Images
5 July, 2020

To mark the 20th anniversary of Wimbledon 2000, we look back on a memorable tournament for Australian tennis.
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