Dokic to rely on invite for Australian Open
Dokic had been trailing 16-year-old Olivia Rogowska 6-3 3-1 in the quarter-final of the tournament when she called for the trainer and then withdrew from the match.sports Updated: Dec 20, 2007 19:30 IST
Former world number four Jelena Dokic will need to rely on an organiser's invitation for next month's Australian Open after pulling out of the wildcard qualifying tournament with a thigh injury.
Dokic had been trailing 16-year-old Olivia Rogowska 6-3 3-1 in the quarter-final of the tournament when she called for the trainer and then withdrew from the match.
"A decision on the discretionary wildcards for Australian Open will be made later in the summer based on performance and, of course, with our youth policy in mind," Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press.
A former Wimbledon semi-finalist, Dokic, 24, has hardly played since she won the Australian Open wildcard qualifying tournament in late 2005 but was then knocked out in the grand slam's first round by France's Virginie Razzano.
The Australian Open runs from January 14 to 27.