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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

lucyttoppo ,

What a beautiful woman

I don’t really read often but this story of Jelana’s life, was so captivating and so overwhelming. The anguish of a hard personal life, was written so well. I’m in awe of the strength and determination despite setbacks from so many who should have loved you unconditionally.

Jules Cavendish ,


After I started reading this book, I didn’t put it down. As the story of Dokic’s life started to unfold, I wanted most of all for her to rise above it all and find a happy ending. As the challenges kept coming though, it became obvious that she was a superhero just for staying alive. Her courage and tenacity is literally awesome. Her hope was unbreakable - her spirit soared well above the two people who repeatedly let her down. I wanted to give her a compass at times so that she could stop spinning and find a better path. She’s not a victim as she says… but she got dealt a short straw to be born into a family with parents like that. It’s hard not to comment on her father’s actions - because the focus should remain on Jelena. A hero. I hope she finds peace within herself and can love herself without the cruel and utterly heartless voice of her father in her head. Unbreakable yes, but with a desire to be loved just for who she is. A story that resonated with me and stopped me in my tracks.

mp3dewd ,


Couldn’t put this down.

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