Jelena Dokic, a former Australian tennis star, posted a troubling message on Instagram earlier this week saying she is going through a “very tough period” and needs time away from social media to process pain and trauma and recover.
“I am going through a very tough period in my life right now and a huge change and I just need some time to recover, heal and process the pain and trauma that I am going through,” she wrote.
“I know a lot of you have written to me and I haven’t replied but just know that I do see your messages and I appreciate them very much but I am not in a good space right now to reply and communicate with you all like I usually do and I am so sorry for that.”
Dokic, 38, played professionally from 1999 till 2014. She reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2000, and reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2009 and the French Open in 2002.
In her 2017 autobiography, “Unbreakable,” Dokic branded her father the “tennis dad from hell,” and said that he physically and verbally abused her when he was displeased with her tennis performances.
“The same goes for posting so I will be staying off Instagram for a little while longer,” her Instagram post continued. “I know so many of you look forward to my posts and find so much inspiration in them and I am so sorry I can’t provide that for you right now. And to those that have told me in person and stopped me on the street to tell me how much I and my posts inspire you, thank you.
“Please know that I love you all and I am very grateful for all your support and love. To my friends and the people close to me that know what I am going through, thank you for all your love and care. Don’t know what I would do without you and you know who you are.”
Dokic vowed to return stronger than ever.
“I will be back and I will be stronger than ever even if it doesn’t feel like that right now but I will be back. I always am and I know the sun will shine again. Thank you for your understanding. Hope you all had a great Christmas and I wish you all a happy New Year. Love you all.”