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“Whale” and other “disgusting” feedback. The former tennis star hit out at ‘shameful’ posts about her body

“Evil. There’s no other phrase for it,” describes Jelena Dokic, who herself posted examples of feedback she acquired about her body, akin to one calling her a “whale.”

Former Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic has hit again at web trolls who she says bombarded her with destructive feedback about her body throughout the Australian Open.

In an Instagram put up Monday, Dokic, who labored at the occasion as a commentator for CNN affiliate 9, mentioned the “body shaming” and “fats shaming” messages (“body shaming” and “fats shaming”) you have acquired within the earlier 24 hours are “disgusting”.

“The commonest remark was ‘what occurred to her that she’s so huge?'” writes Dokic herself. “I’ll inform you what occurred, I’m searching for a means, I’m surviving and I’m combating. It actually does not matter what I do and what occurred as a result of measurement should not matter.”

Dokic retired in 2014 after reaching a number of profession highs, together with reaching the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 1999 aged simply 16. A 12 months later, he was one of many final 4 at Wimbledon.

In 2000, he represented Australia at the Sydney Olympics and additionally reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon. He reached No. 4 on this planet rankings after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2002 French Open.

But Dokic’s success on the pitch got here at an enormous value, as he revealed in his autobiography Unbreakable. [à letra, “Inquebrável”]first printed in 2018

In the e book, Dokic describes the bodily, verbal and psychological abuse he says he suffered from his father and former coach Damar Dokic.

Dokic reduce ties along with his father in 2002, leaving “in the course of the night time” with solely his racket bag and a suitcase, he mentioned.

Damir Dokic, father of Jelena Dokic, in 2000 at Wimbledon. Photo Michael Stevens PA Images by way of Getty Images

When the e book was launched, Dokic’s father didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark. In 2009, he advised the Serbian each day Blic that “there isn’t a baby who has not been overwhelmed by his mother and father, in addition to Jelena.”

In current posts on Instagram, the former tennis participant says she won’t be silenced by bullies and abusers.

“I’m right here, combating for all those that are abused, shamed,” she mentioned. “I am unable to change the world, however I’ll proceed to talk out, condemn this habits, use my platform to do good and assist other folks, give others a voice and attempt to make others really feel much less alone and afraid.’

In the previous, Dokic has spoken about his struggles along with his psychological well being. In June, in a video posted to Instagram, she revealed she got here near taking her personal life and mentioned skilled assist saved her.

Top picture: Jelena Dokic on October 12, 2002 in Australia. Photo Daniel Pockett _ Getty Images

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