Tennis star Jelena Dokic alleges her father beat her nearly daily


The former world No 4, who rose to prominence by defeating Martina Hingis in the opening round of Wimbledon in 1999, writes of the treatment by her father and coach, Damir, in an autobiography that will be released this week.

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, the 34-year-old said Damir Dokic once beat her so badly that she lost consciousness.

Former Australian netball captain Liz Ellis has hit out at Tennis Australia for failing to act on Jelena Dokic's frightening experiences after her book lifted the lid on scary details of alleged abuse by her controversial father, Damir.

And before Jelena managed to escape her nightmare at 19, he would hurl verbal abuse at her, calling her a "slut" and a "whore". 'It basically started day one of me playing tennis.

Damir Dokic was eventually banned indefinitely from all WTA Tour events after a series of public indiscretions, including accusing Australian Open organizers of fixing the 2001 tournament draw.

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"Not just the physical pain but the emotional [pain], that was the one what hurt me the most. when you are 11, 12 years old and hear all those nasty things.that was more hard for me".

As Australia "reacted with shock" to her "horrifying allegations", the sport's governing body said that "people had lodged police complaints - but without cooperation from those involved, they could not be fully investigated".

"It was a really nasty memory that will stay with me forever.

I was sitting on the plane this morning trying to read it and trying not to cry as I was reading it", Ellis said.

She was so distressed she attempted to sleep in the players' area at Wimbledon before officials contacted her agents and arranged for her stay with them. "Which is the one thing I couldn't understand", she added. "The blow to the head fells me and, as I lie on the floor he starts kicking me, he kicks me near my ear and my vision blurs", Dokic writes of the encounter.

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He also spent time in jail for threatening the life of the Australian ambassador to Belgrade and illegally possessing weapons.

It was in 2009 that Jelena Dokic revealed Damir had physically abused her when she was growing up.

Despite the alleged beatings, Jelena Dokic says her biggest regret was her father's decision to force her to switch nationalities from Australia to Yugoslavia in 2001.

She was "made to try to find a place to sleep somewhere at the Wimbledon courts" after her semifinal loss in '00 after being told she was "not allowed to sleep in the family hotel room - which her tennis career was funding".

"There were many in tennis at the time who were concerned for Jelena's welfare, and many who tried to assist with what was a hard family situation", read a statement.

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"Over the past ten years tennis has been constantly improving and updating policies to increase protection for children".