Jelena Dokic competing in the Australian Open 2014 Qualifying at Melbourne Park in 2013.
Former tennis star Jelena Dokic, who reached World No 4, has released a book that talks about the abuse she received from her father.
In the book titled Unbreakable she alleges her father whipped her with a leather belt, spat in her face and called her horrible names, sometimes because she either lost a game or had an average training session.
“Not just the physical pain but the emotional [pain], that was the one what hurt me the most … when you are 11, 12 years old and hear all those nasty things … that was more difficult for me.”
Her father, Damik Dokic who now lives in Servia, was arrested for making the threats and for possessing illegal weapons. He insisted the threats were “a joke” and that the weapons stash found in his home was a “souvenir” from the war in Croatia. The Sunday Telegraph said they had been unable to contact him for a response.
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