Courageous Jelena Dokic brutally slams trolls for body-shaming after her interview with Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open

Australian former tennis star Jelena Dokic hits back at the trolls with her courageous message.


Courageous Jelena Dokic brutally slams trolls for body-shaming after her interview with Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open

Jelena Dokic, Novak Djokovic

Former tennis star Jelena Dokic shut down a troll online over body-shaming and disgusting comments related to her physical appearance. Dokic took to social media and fired back with her courageous messaging intended to shut down all the ‘evil’ trolls.

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Jelena Dokic lit up the Australian Open recently while interviewing Novak Djokovic after the Serbian defeated Grigor Dimitrov in the third round of the Australian Open. They both shared a few laughs together on the Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic saying how happy he was to see Dokic in Melbourne. Soon after the interview, a few social media users trolled Dokic for her physical appearance. 

“The body-shaming in the last 24 hours has been insane. The body-shaming coming out of Serbia has been particularly bad as well as the last picture in my post confirms,” she wrote. One of the social media users had written, “What happened to her, she is so big?”. She responded to the vile comment with a powerful message. 

“I will tell you what happened, I am finding a way and surviving and fighting. And it really doesn’t matter what I am doing and what happened because size shouldn’t matter. Kindness and being a good person matters, which those that abuse me and others, are clearly not…Weight will change, but evil people will remain evil,” Dokic wrote on her Instagram.

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Jelena Dokic: tennis star, coach, and commentator

Jelena Dokic

The 39-year-old Dokic has been attached to the game for a very long time in various roles. The former World No. 4 has been active as a coach, commentator, and writer after retiring from the professional circuit. In her tennis career played for Australia from 1998 to 2000 later switching to Serbia and Montenegro. From 2004 to her retirement she represented Australia again. 

Dokic turned pro way back in 1998 and won the US Open girl’s singles title and the French Open doubles with Belgian Kim Clijsters the same year. The first biggest of her career came when she defeated Monica Seles in the Open Gaz de France. In 2002 she was ranked 4th, the highest of her career. She finished with six career titles with the 2000 Wimbledon semifinal being her best showing. 

After retiring in 2014, Dokic took up a coaching job with Tennis Australia. She also wrote for Australian Tennis Magazine in 2014. In January 2017, she was a commentator for Fox Sports at the Australian Open. Recently in the ongoing Australian Open, she shared a heartwarming moment with Novak Djokovic reminiscing about their first meeting in Australia. 

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