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Jelena Dokic Recounts Her Rise in Tennis With an Abusive Father

By 7 mars 2020 No Comments

MELBOURNE, Australia — In the soaring but turbulent career of the tennis star Jelena Dokic, any highs quickly fell victim to a deeper low.

“A lot of my good memories — or what should have been good memories,” Dokic said in an interview, “have something dark behind them.”

Dokic, whose Serbian family fled war-ravaged Yugoslavia for Australia, went through many of those extremes at the Australian Open, which began here last Monday. Her last major success came with a quarterfinal run here in 2009, but it was ultimately an isolated triumph in the late stages of a tragic, trying career.

Dokic recounts her journey in exhaustive detail in “Unbreakable,” a book written with Jessica Halloran, an Australian journalist, and set to be released in paperback in the United States on Feb. 1. It’s a chilling account of the relentless physical, verbal and emotional abuse Dokic says she suffered from her father as she ascended the ranks of junior and professional tennis, peaking at No. 4 in the WTA rankings in 2002.

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