Meet Jelena Dokic. She’s an Australian tennis player who has finally confirmed that she was physically abused by her father in her earlier years. Read Jelena Dokic’s biography below and see video and photos after the jump.
Jelena Dokic has decided to speak out about her estranged father and the years of abuse she endured. Dokic, an Australian tennis player, stated that:
“I’ve been through a lot worse than anybody on the tour. I can say that with confidence. When you go through stuff like that, playing a tennis match is a pretty easy thing to do. … When I win today it’s so much more satisfying.”
She has since made peace with her past and is still playing the game she loves.
“Everyone has a different situation, different problem. No one really knows what I dealt with. I don’t know what others deal with.”
As a biography Jelena Dokic was born on April 12, 1983 in Osijek, Croatia, Yugoslavia. Her parents are Damir and Ljiljana. Jelena also has a younger brother named Savo. She attended Fairfield High School after moving several times due to war.
In 1998 Jelena made it to No.1 in the International Tennis Federation after winning the US Open girls singles title as well as the French Open doubles alongside Kim Clijsters. In 1999 she went on to win the Hopman Cup title with her partner Mark Philippoussis. In the same year Jelena was ranked No. 129 when she defeated Martina Hingis who ranked World No. 1 at the time.
In 2001 Dokic moved to the US. Two years later she fired her father as manager and hired Borna Bikić. Jelena’s game suffered for sometime due to trouble with her father and a lack of confidence. In 2004 she disappeared from the game of Tennis.
Finally returning to the game in 2006 Jelena managed to score a wild card into the ASB Classic in Auckland. She has since played in the Moorilla Hobart International, the Australian Open, Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem and many more.
Jelena’s next scheduled match will be at the ITF event at Bucharest.
More photos and a video of Jelena Dokic are below.