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Unbreakable : The story of Jelena Dokic, in her words - Jelena Dokic


The story of Jelena Dokic, in her words

Paperback Published: 13th November 2017
ISBN: 9780143784227
Number Of Pages: 320

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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.

About the Author

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.

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. A shoulder and wrist injury prematurely finished her tennis career in 2013. 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 currently lives in Melbourne with her partner Tin.

Industry Reviews

"It's a chilling account of the relentless physical, verbal and emotional abuse Dokic says she suffered from her father as she ascended the ranks of junior and professional tennis." --New York Times

An insightful view into the tennis star's secret home life


An amazing story - a must-read for tennis fans!

Melbourne, Australia


Mum would recommend this book to everybody.


Very informative about a very evil father.

Merimbula, NSW, Australia


Compelling read


I just wanted to hug this girl. I had a very different opinion of her when she first appeared on the tennis circuit. Now knowing what she had to endure continually till she could break away at such an early and tender age has changed my opinion and thoughts of her and just me cry. I just want to hug and hold her. It made me mad to think that Tennis AUstralia knew what was going on with this child and didn't take any steps to protect her from a violent sadistic parent who needed to be put away is just beyond words. Loved reading Jelena's story and am so glad she has shared this with the readers as Im sure it is part of her healing. I couldn't put this book down for me it was a compelling read.

Adelaide Hills


A very worthwhile read.


I was most surprised with this book! I always admired Jelena but had no idea what was happening behind closed doors. A very courageous girl! A must to read!

Sydney Australia.


I could read this again in time.


It allows you into the world of top tennis players etc.



Very good book


Great book,I have already passed on to a friend



Compulsory reading for insight into overcoming abuse


Riveting and at times painful read

Adelaide sa


Amazing Story!


I have a whole new respect for Jelena Dokic after reading her story. How she was able to keep going and train hard and play amazing tennis time and time again whilst enduring unimaginable physical and psychological abuse from her own father just amazes me. She is an incredibly strong woman in my eyes. And then to write a book about it in such an honest way is truly inspiring. I would hope that anyone who reads this book will become more aware of the signs of abuse and speak up and help someone in need. It has certainly opened my eyes!





Great read heartbreaking



This would have to be the best book I've ever read!!


Excellent book!




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ISBN: 9780143784227
ISBN-10: 0143784226
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 13th November 2017
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 16.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.46