Dokic Admits Almost Suicide Due to Mental Health Problems


Former women’s tennis player, once ranked in the world’s top 10, Jelena Dokic nearly killed herself in April while struggling with mental health issues. This was revealed by the Australian tennis player through social media.

Dokic, who played his last professional game in 2014 and has worked as a commentator on Australian TV, for the past few years, said he was battling “persistent feelings of sadness and pain”.

“Like a vicious circle in my head. The result: almost jumped off my balcony on the 26th floor on April 28,” the 39-year-old wrote in her post.

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“I just wanted the pain and suffering to stop. I pulled myself together, I don’t even know how I could do that,” he continued.

Dokic has been open about his struggles with mental health and said in his 2017 book Unbreakable that he had endured years of physical and mental abuse from his father.

Born in the former Yugoslavia, Dokic said on Instagram that the past six months had been difficult but seeking professional help helped save his life.

“From hiding in the bathroom while working, to wiping my tears so no one else sees them, to crying uncontrollably at home between four walls is simply unbearable,” said the former world number four, who won six singles titles on the WTA Tour. .

“I’m writing this because I know I’m not the only one struggling. Just know that you’re not alone.”

Dokic said some days were better than others but he was on the road to recovery and vowed to come back ‘stronger than ever’.

His post sparked messages of support from a number of Australian sporting figures.

“You’ve had enough. You’re worth it. Your pain will heal,” said former Olympic cycling champion Anna Meares. “You will find peace. Hold on.”

Mental health has been in the spotlight in tennis since former world number one Naomi Osaka withdrew from France Tebruka last year saying she was battling depression.

Men’s singles world number two Alex Zverev opened up about his own mental problems at the French Open recently, saying social media means players are now being targeted with ‘more hate’ than they used to be. (Ant/OL-1)