Former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic absolutely enjoyed returning to the court for the first time in three years and competing alongside 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. This past Friday, Jankovic teamed up with world No.
1 Djokovic for a mixed doubles match at the Adria Tour in Belgrade. Jankovic enjoyed a triumphant return to the court as she and Djokovic edged out rising Serbian star Olga Danilovic and former doubles world No. 1 Nenad Zimonjic 7-6 (5).
Jankovic’s last appearance on the WTA Tour was in 2017, when she picked up a first round defeat at the US Open. “It was a great feeling to be back out there after almost three years, especially to be sharing the court with Novak,” Jankovic told tennis.com.
“I was very happy to be here in front of my home crowd, and in my home city. It was a special moment after such a long time. I’m thankful to Novak for inviting me, and for organizing such a beautiful event, especially with these difficult times that we’re in right now”.
During her interview, Jankovic also said she was dealing with a major back injury and it was a struggle for her to function normally, let alone play tennis. But now she is fully healthy and she is not ruling a potential comeback as she has never officially retired from tennis.
Jelena Jankovic says her excitement couldn’t be any bigger
Jankovic, 35, admits picking up the racket to play and doing all the little things brings her so much excitement. “I didn’t have a chance to hit before this because I was in Dubai in quarantine,” Jankovic said.
“We were able to move around, but we couldn’t play tennis. I also didn’t have racquets! So I came here and just played with the feel I had from before. I think tennis runs in my blood. I don’t think you can forget it, no matter how long you don’t play.
And I’m of course out of shape. I get tired after hitting a couple of shots. “But the excitement is there. That’s the most important thing. I feel like a little kid taking the racquet for the first time, running after the ball.
It was amazing. I was always smiling”. Jelena Jankovic won the mixed doubles title with Jamie Murray at Wimbledon in 2007, before she ended runner-up at the US Open a year later.