Jelena Dokic is seeking an Australian launching pad for yet another career resurrection, having returned to Melbourne to prepare for a comeback attempt that is likely to include the Australian Open wildcard play-off in December.
Dokic, 30, has resumed training with an eye to a competitive return, 18 months after her last WTA match. Little has been seen or heard of Dokic since a chronic wrist injury prompted her first-round retirement against Galina Voskoboeva in Charleston, South Carolina, in April last year.
The former Wimbledon semi-finalist, accompanied by long-time partner Tin Bikic, has been practising quietly at the new National Tennis Centre for several weeks, with access to courts and hitting partners as she works herself back into shape. No decision has been made on whether to grant her a wildcard into the annual play-off, which she won in 2006 and again two years later before going on to make a spectacular charge to the 2009 Open's fourth round.
But assuming a positive fitness report, her entry would seem to be a formality. ''She wants to get back into the game,'' Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said. ''She's training every day, she's training for the summer, with a focus on next year, and I'm sure she, like all the athletes, would like to play the wildcard play-offs, but a decision on that will happen at a later stage.
''Our team - Alicia Molik, the Fed Cup captain, and Todd [Woodbridge, head of professional tennis] - will make that assessment closer to the time … Her focus is training, and getting back after being injured, and getting back into hitting more tennis balls, getting comfortable on the court. It's great to have her back in Australia.''
Meanwhile, two weeks after Tiley replaced Steve Wood as chief executive, Tennis Australia's restructure continues, with commercial director Steve Ayles the second member of the five-man executive to quit in recent months.
Ayles, who was also the Hopman Cup tournament director, is expected to be succeeded in that role by his deputy, Paul Kilderry.
Craig Morris (participation) and Tom Larner (events and facilities) have been promoted into the leadership team, where a final vacancy exists in one of Tiley's former roles, renamed as high-performance director.
The three internal candidates are Woodbridge, Scott Draper and Machar Reid, although outside applicants may also be sought.
''We're really assessing that in the next week, and I think then we'll make a decision on how we'll proceed, whether we'll do a global search on it, whether we promote within,'' said Tiley, who addressed TA staff on Tuesday.
''The time is right for the organisation to really have a single focus on getting more people to play tennis. We have this aspirational target of four million and I told the staff that to get there it's one, one and one: we'd like a grand slam champion every year, we'd like a million registered players and a million engaged fans.''