” I almost jumped from the 26th floor balcony to lose my life. I will never forget this day. […] I just wanted the pain and suffering to stop. […] I walked away from the edge (from the balcony)I don’t even know how I managed to do it. It is with these words, taken from a long message published on her Instagram account, that Jelena Dokic revealed on Monday that she had demonstrated to commit suicide on April 28.
“Getting professional help saved my life”
The former Australian player, now 39, wanted to tell her trauma but also deliver a message of hope to those who, like her, are or have been suffering. Dokic wrote being “ definitely on the road to recovery. […] Getting professional help saved my life “.
Her despair, which almost pushed her to throw herself into the void, would be linked to her separation from her companion; they had been a couple for almost 20 years. ” Everything was blurry, everything was dark. […] No tone, no image, nothing made sense. […] Just tears, sadness, depression, anxiety and pain “, a reminder writes Jelena Dokic.
“Don’t be ashamed of how you feel”
The Australian retired from the WTA Tour in 1999, when she was 15. To her credit, she has six titles, including the Rome tournament in 2001. In Grand Slam, Dokic had reached the semi-finals of the US Open (2000) and had also been a quarter-finalist at Roland-Garros, two years later. That year, she was world No. 4, the best ranking of her career. This ended in 2012.
At the same time, the Australian player had to manage a difficult relationship with her father, who was also her coach. She had published an autobiography in which she had mentioned this toxic relationship. On Instagram on Monday, Dokic wrote, ” deeply believe in the power of sharing (them) stories. […] I write because I know I’m not the only one struggling. […] Don’t be ashamed of how you feel. This is normal and you can come back from it. Keep believing it. […] I will come back stronger than ever “.