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Jelena Dokic: Physically Abused

Posted by gauloises1 on May 4, 2009

In an interview with Sports & Style, Australian tennis player Jelena Dokic reveals further details of her troubled relationship with her sick puppy of a father, including the revelation that she was physically abused.

I’ve been through a lot worse than anybody on the tour. I can say that with confidence … When you go through stuff like that, playing a tennis match is a pretty easy thing to do. When I win today it’s so much more satisfying.

Dokic credits her boyfriend (the one that her father once claimed had kidnapped her) with supporting her through years of mental turmoil as a result of “the situation”.

She also mentions the support of Mary Pierce, another tennis player with a breadbasket for a father.

Everyone has a different situation, different problem. No one really knows what I dealt with. I don’t know what others deal with. … Whatever has happened, good or bad, will always stay there. It makes you what you are. But I think it’s a little bit selfish [to feel sorry for yourself] … you see a person in a wheelchair and you can’t help feel, ‘Well I’m pretty lucky to be here … we are healthy, we still have our lives ahead of us … Then you feel lucky.”

What a tough cookie. You go, Jelena.

Damir Dokic reportedly hung up on when he was contacted via phone by a reporter.

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