Dokic reveals locker-room loyalty of Hingis, Seles and Davenport

Former tennis champion Jelena Dokic claims she endured a childhood of domestic violence in her autobiography

In the book, Unbreakable, Dokic alleges her father once beat her so badly she lost consciousness, while subjecting her to a torrent of verbal abuse throughout her childhood.

Dokic would reach the quarter-finals, but her night of nights came in the fourth round, where she defied injury, exhaustion and conventional tennis wisdom to beat 29th seed Alisa Kleybanova in a thrilling three-setter.

Tennis Australia said in a statement.

Dokic will remain in Australia throughout the summer, returning to Melbourne Park as a television commentator during the Australian Open in January.

"Because I knew they were all things that I didn't agree with, things that "I didn't think like this".

Jelena Dokic has written about several key moments in her career where kindness and support from fellow players, including Lindsay Davenport and Monica Seles, helped her keep going amidst the turmoil of her life.

"There were many in tennis at the time who were concerned for Jelena's welfare, and many who tried to assist with what was a hard family situation", read a statement.

"It was a really nasty memory that will stay with me forever ..."

"I am an Australian, I feel like an Australian and I want to play for Australia again", she said.

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"Some officials even went as far as lodging police complaints, which without cooperation from those directly involved, unfortunately could not be fully investigated".

When Australian media began reporting Damir's history of violence against his daughter, he threatened to blow up the Australian ambassador to Serbia with a hand grenade and was duly arrested. "Not just the physical pain but the emotional [pain], that was the one what hurt me the most. when you are 11, 12 years old and hear all those nasty things. that was more hard for me" (ABC, 11/12).

"It was his [my father's] decision".

"I let a lot of people down".

Dokic's book also reveals what her life was like as a Yugoslavian refugee as well as the racism she experienced in 1994 upon her arrival to Australia.

"Could I have been the world No.1?"

Weekend Sunrise co-host Monique Wright called Dokic a "remarkable person" for going public with her story while former TV newsreader Ron Wilson, who now reads the news on Smooth FM, expressed disbelief at the trauma she had to face day in, day out. The craziness, the physical and mental abuse, the public embarrassment, the way he destroyed our family unit - all of it nearly killed me. I don't hate my father but I hate what he did. "I rarely lose but when I do the effect is brutal", Dokic and Halloran write in Unbreakable.

"The better I played the worse he got". He's a son who was never truly loved by his mother.

Anything else was unacceptable in the eyes of the man who has previously been branded the "tennis dad from hell".

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