Jelena Dokic was a prodigious tennis player who made the quarter-finals of Wimbledon at the age of just 16.
She was heralded as Australia’s greatest tennis hope since Evonne Goolagong. She had exceptional skills, a steely nerve and an unrivalled fight on the court.
It was in June 1999 that she seized the world’s attention when as a teen she not only qualified for Wimbledon but went onto demolish the world No.1 Martina Hingis in just under an hour in her first round match at the All England Club.
Commentators and fans alike were astonished by 16 year old Jelena’s ability and composure in her stunning victory over Hingis. At that grand slam she continued her amazing run to make it to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.
The world became enthralled by Jelena Dokic and her story – a Serbian refugee whose family made Australia home when she was 9 years old.
Jelena’s star continued to rise. The following year at 17 she reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon. By September 2000 she became an Olympian and finished fourth at the Sydney Games.
By 18, she was in the world’s top 10.
By 19, she was world No.4, holding her own against Monica Seles, Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport. She was the world No.9 in doubles.
She went on to win her first WTA singles title at the Rome Masters in May 2001. She was also a French Open doubles finalist the same year.
Jelena’s remarkable tennis journey seemed to have only one trajectory; up.
But Jelena endured a difficult time personally and her game in turn started to suffer. She fell out of the rankings, she couldn’t find a coach to help her back to playing her best tennis and she spent time away from the game.
It took Jelena several years to fight her away out of a very dark time personally and back onto the WTA tour. It was in the summer of 2009 she gripped the attention and hearts of the Australian public with her sensational rise at the Australian Open.
The local media named her "Rocky with rackets" as she did away with several seeded players to make the quarter finals of the Australian Open.
A shoulder and wrist injury prematurely finished her tennis career in 2013 but her life story remained one of the most incredible unwritten sports stories of our time. Until now.
Jelena has finally decided to tell her “true story” and has spent the last six months writing her book.
It is the most explosive sports autobiography ever written by an Australian athlete and it is set for release by Penguin Random House in November, 2017.
Jelena’s story is a moving story of survival, triumph, love and hope.
One of the only female players to have won a WTA title on all four surfaces Jelena now spends her time mentoring young players. She has a vast amount of knowledge to share - her other career highlights include making her Fed Cup debut as a as a 15 year old - the youngest player ever – and winning both matches. She also won the Hopman Cup with Mark Philippoussis at 15.
As well as mentoring she also enjoys doing media work.
She has worked as a commentator on both Fox Sports News and Channel Seven’s tennis coverage. She also co-hosted and commentated for Channel Seven's Fed Cup coverage.
Jelena has also written articles for Tennis Australia’s magazine and Fox Sports News’ website.
She currently lives in Melbourne with her husband Tin.
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