The former World No. 4 Jelena Dokic's book "Unbreakable" was released in mid-November and is already being very successful. The former Australian player tells the terrific story about her father Damir's abuse towards her during difficult journey in tennis.
In 1999, at 16 age, Dokic beat then World No. 1 Martina Hingis at Wimbledon, the following year she lost to the American Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals. Just after that loss, she had one of the worst nights ever. 'That should have been one of the great highlights, but after the match, my father thought I was a disgrace and an embarrassment and didn't allow me to come back to the hotel', Dokic wrote, as quoted by BBC.
'I had to stay at Wimbledon in the players' lounge that afternoon and that evening and try to sleep there. I hid on a couch hoping no-one was going to find me, but the cleaners did at 11pm. The referee was called and I had to find somewhere else to sleep for the night - no money, no credit card, nothing.' Dokic admitted she thought about killing herself due to the very hard life she was having.
'It wasn't about power, it was for me more a way out because I felt like I was letting a lot of people down. I did leave my brother behind and he was eight years younger, about 11 years old, and I had a lot of guilt and that was kind of the way my dad made me feel - he didn't let me talk to my brother for about five years, six years, so it was very, very hard on me.
I had this guilt about whether I did the right thing and he constantly made me feel worthless, I lost a lot of confidence and self-esteem and even when I left home, he still put me through hell and really made life difficult.
I just felt everybody would be better off if I wasn't here. All I wanted was to have a normal life and to be able to play tennis in peace.' ALSO READ: Abu Dhabi Open organizers hope to have a dreamy Djokovic-Nadal final