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 publish on Monday, Dokic, who’s working as a commentator for CNN affiliate 9 on the occasion, stated the “‘physique shaming’ and ‘fats shaming’” she had acquired prior to now 24 hours was “disgusting.”

“The most typical remark being ‘what occurred to her, she is so massive’?” Dokic wrote. “I’ll let you know what occurred, I’m discovering a method and surviving and combating. And it actually doesn’t matter what I’m doing and what occurred as a result of dimension 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 in addition 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 revealed 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 minimize ties along with her father in 2002, leaving “in the course of the night time” with simply her racquet bag and a suitcase, she stated.

When the e-book was launched, Dokic’s father didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark. He informed Serbian every day Blic in 2009 that “there isn’t a baby that was not crushed by dad and mom, similar with Jelena.”

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

“I’m right here, combating for all these on the market being abused, fats shamed,” she stated. “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 individuals on the market and to offer 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 stated getting skilled assist had saved her.