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Dokic details her father's abusive coaching regime

 

By Robert Jones

Jelena Dokic's successes during her 16-year tennis career came at a heavy personal price, she says.

The Yugoslavia-born Australian claims she suffered years of mental and physical abuse from her father and coach Damir.

Now 34, and a coach herself, she has released a book and has opened up about name-calling, being evicted from her hotel and having suicidal thoughts.

She reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2000, losing to Lindsay Davenport.

"That should have been one of the great highlights, but after the match my father thought I was a disgrace and an embarrassment and didn't allow me to come back to the hotel," she said.

"I had to stay at Wimbledon in the players' lounge that (day) and try to sleep there. I hid on a couch hoping no-one was going to find me, but the cleaners did at 11pm. The referee was called and I had to find somewhere else to sleep for the night - no money, no credit card, nothing."

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