Jelena Dokic shares ‘swollen and bloody’ legs photos taken after her father beat her SEVERELY

The former tennis player and commentator shares her painful experiences of domestic violence, revealing the scars she bears as a result of her father's abusive behaviour.


Jelena Dokic shares ‘swollen and bloody’ legs photos taken after her father beat her SEVERELY

Jelena Dokic (Credits: Twitter)

Jelena Dokic has revealed that she was a victim of domestic violence inflicted by her father when she was an active player on the WTA tour. Dokic, a former World No. 4, was only 17 years old when she faced physical and mental abuse from her father, who was also her coach. In her book ‘Unbreakable’, which was published in 2017, the Australian presenter and coach shared her story of the abuse she experienced.

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Jelena Dokic recently shared on Instagram that she decided to post pictures of herself from the 2000 US Open with bruised and battered legs after speaking at a Domestic and Family Violence event. The former World No. 4 tennis player, who was coached by her father Damir Dokic, revealed that the injuries were inflicted on her when she was 17 years old after she lost a match. Her father reportedly kicked her in the shin all night while wearing sharp shoes.

“Swollen, bruised and bleeding shins from being beaten and kicked all night with sharp shoes right into my shins for losing a match. These images were taken more than 2 weeks later and I was still heavily bruised. I was 17 years old.To this day I still have sensitive and bumpy shins from this beating,” “From every wound, there is a scar and these are mine. I have survived but not everyone woman and girl has or will. And that’s the sad reality,”  Dokic’s caption read.

In addition, Jelena Dokic addressed the societal stigma associated with domestic violence and the need for greater awareness. She emphasized that her own survival and success do not guarantee the safety and well-being of other women and girls who may be experiencing abuse. Furthermore, Dokic called on individuals to offer support and assistance to those in need, rather than turning a blind eye to the issue.

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Jelena Dokic shares what she wishes she could tell her younger self

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Jelena Dokic (Credits: Twitter)

Jelena Dokic wrote an open letter addressed to herself. The former world No.4 tennis player and current commentator from Australia has become a role model for women and girls globally by supporting causes such as body positivity and domestic violence survivors. There is an image of Jelena Dokic as a baby on her social media account, accompanying a message where she shares the things she wishes she knew when she was younger.

Jelena Dokic advised her younger self to never let anyone undermine her self-esteem and to keep her head up even when faced with challenges. She emphasized that she possessed an inner strength that could help her overcome her fears and accomplish anything she wanted.

She also encouraged herself to be compassionate and loving towards herself and to remember that she deserves the best. Finally, Dokic emphasized that no one should be allowed to take away one’s happiness since it belongs solely to oneself.

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