Shocking New Tennis Read: Jelena Dokic, Unbreakable
The new book Unbreakable from former pro tennis player Jelena Dokic along with Jessica Halloran comes out at a time when reports of various types of abuse against women are dominating the headlines. Jelena’s story is nothing short of unbelievable. How could this young woman could withstand the abuse and play at the level she was playing at?
First, a little background on Dokic. According to her Wikipedia bio, she was born in Yugoslavia (eventually emigrating to Australia) and was once ranked as high as #4 in the world (August 2002.) She won four WTA titles. At Wimbledon in the summer of 1999, she beat world #1 Martina Hingis 6-2 6-0; the only time the women’s #1 has ever lost to a qualifier at SW19. Dokic would go on to reach the quarters there in only her second Slam. Her up and down pro career would eventually end in 2014.
Sadly, Dokic’s promising career was marred by the terribly abusive relationship she suffered under her father and coach, Damir Dokic. Her new book details the years of physical, mental and emotional abuse she endured both on and off the tennis court.
Eurosport mentions this heart wrenching passage:
Damir beat Jelena unconscious. ‘The blow to the head fells me and, as I lie on the floor he starts kicking me, he kicks me near my ear and my vision blurs.’
She would eventually contemplate suicide:
Unbreakable is a must-read for tennis fans. An intense journey into the dark side not just of tennis, but of humanity.
Court photo from Facebook.