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Publisher Description

This is a story of Jelena Dokic's survival. How she survived as a refugee, twice. How she survived on the tennis court to become world No. 4. But, most importantly, how she survived her father, Damir Dokic, the tennis dad from hell.

Jelena was a prodigious talent, heralded as Australia's greatest tennis hope since Evonne Goolagong. She had exceptional skills, a steely nerve and an extraordinary ability to fight on the court. Off it she endured huge challenges; being an 'outsider' in her new country, poverty and racism. Still she starred on the tennis court. By 18, she was in the world's top 10. By 19, she was No. 4. The world was charmed by her and her story - a refugee whose family had made Australia home when she was eleven years old.

Jelena has not told a soul her incredible, explosive story in full - until now.

From war-torn Yugoslavia to Sydney to Wimbledon, she narrates her hellish ascent to becoming one of the best tennis players in the women's game, and her heart-breaking fall from the top. Her gutsy honesty will leave you in awe. Her fight back from darkness will uplift you. Most of all, Jelena's will to survive will inspire you.

Biographies & Memoirs
13 November
Penguin Random House Australia
Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

TammerlySara ,

So sad but so proud of her

Growing upas a child with a tough upbringing I could see poor Jelena Dokic was a vulnerable and talented soul. Now years on I can see her strength and wisdom. She’s a true survivor. A great read.

Blacksorrento ,

Exceptionally candid story

One cannot always know what goes on behind closed doors.
But in watching the burn out and rantings of her father it was clear to see that all was not well in the life of Jelena. Very sad to read her story.
I am pleased she survived her ordeal, with Tin she has a good man beside her.
At least her family ordeal showed her what type of man she didn’t want. As all too often it goes the other way.
Abuse and violence often becomes cyclical because the victim knows no other way to live.
Damir Dokic, what a poor excuse for a father, and the male gender. Dismissed......End of subject.....

Firemon561 ,

Brilliant insight to a star.

Couldn’t put this book down.