Ash Barty’s first round win at the Australian Open left former star turned Nine commentator Jelena Dokic penning an emotional tribute.
Dokic fought back tears as she paid tribute to Barty on her recent success in climbing to the ranking of number one.
“I speak for everyone here, everyone in Australia and around the world, particularly myself – thank you. You gave us so much joy last year,” Dokic said.
“You made us so proud… I’m getting goosebumps. I just want to hug you but I can’t.
“There are no words to describe what you have done, thank you for that.”