Jelena Dokic: Former tennis slams trolls over offensive posts about her body at the Australian Open

Brisbane, Australia

Former Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic has hit again at on-line trolls she says have bombarded her with damaging feedback about her physique on the Australian Open.

In an Instagram submit on Monday, Dokic, who’s working as a commentator for CNN affiliate 9 on the occasion, mentioned the “‘physique shaming’ and ‘fats shaming’” she had obtained prior to now 24 hours was “disgusting.”

“The commonest remark being ‘what occurred to her, she is so huge’?” Dokic wrote. “I’ll let you know what occurred, I’m discovering a method and surviving and preventing. And it actually doesn’t matter what I’m doing and what occurred as a result of measurement shouldn’t matter.”

Dokic retired in 2014, after a number of profession highs together with reaching the 1999 Wimbledon quarterfinals, aged simply 16. A yr later, she made the final 4 at Wimbledon.

In 2000, she represented Australia on the Sydney Olympics, and likewise reached the Wimbledon semifinals. Her world rating peaked at No.4 after reaching the 2002 French Open quarterfinals.

However Dokic’s on-court success got here at an incredible value, as she revealed in her autobiography, “Unbreakable,” first printed in 2018.

Within the e-book, Dokic particulars the bodily, verbal, and psychological abuse she says she suffered by the hands of her father and former coach, Damar Dokic.

Dokic lower ties along with her father in 2002, leaving “in the midst of the night time” with simply her racquet bag and a suitcase, she mentioned.

When the e-book was launched, Dokic’s father didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark. He advised Serbian day by day Blic in 2009 that “there isn’t any youngster that was not overwhelmed by mother and father, identical with Jelena.”

In current posts on Instagram, the previous tennis participant says she received’t be silenced by bullies.

“I’m right here, preventing for all these on the market being abused, fats shamed,” she mentioned. “I can’t change the world however I’m going to proceed talking up, calling this behaviour out, utilizing my platform for one thing good and to help different folks on the market and to present others a voice and attempt to make others really feel much less alone and scared.”

Dokic has spoken prior to now about her struggles along with her psychological well being. Final June, in a video posted to Instagram, she revealed she had come near taking her personal life and mentioned getting skilled assist had saved her.