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.
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Couldn’t put this down.
Glad I didn’t waste money on it
It’s feels the book is written just to generate her money not to tell her story.
I thought this book was extremely poorly written, it’s an easy read but lacks significant substance. It’s a bit like a child writing a schools assignment, it could have been a really good book but to me it’s a list of her tennis games and scores. The abuse from her father is mentioned but there is no emotion/description behind it and it skims over fleeing to Australia like it’s a non event.
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.