Former tennis star Jelena Dokic recalls last suicide attempt

Former Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic has revealed that she attempted suicide in April – three months after saying she was not feeling well following her split from longtime boyfriend Tin Pekic.

On Monday, the 39-year-old Dokic shared a photo of herself crying, writing on Instagram that she “almost jumped.” [her] 26th floor balcony “because” she just wanted the pain and suffering to stop. ”

Dokic, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2000, said she will never forget the day, April 28, 2022, when she nearly took her life.

“Everything is blurry. Everything is dark. No tone, no image, nothing logical…..just tears, sadness, depression, anxiety and pain,” Dokic wrote in her caption. “The past six months have been difficult.”

In mid-January, Dokic revealed that she was struggling after confirming her split from Bekek, who has been with her for nearly 19 years. A week later, she took to Instagram to deal with her shame while covering the Australian Open.

“It was just crying everywhere,” Dokic said. “From hiding in the bathroom while working to wipe my tears so no one can see them to the unstoppable crying at home within my four walls was unbearable. The constant feelings of sadness and pain don’t go away and my life is shattered.”

“I blame myself. I don’t think I deserve love and I’m afraid. I also know I still have a lot of things to be grateful for and then I started hating myself because by feeling this way I feel like I’m not grateful that I shouldn’t be grateful that I want to end everything This is a vicious circle in my head.

“The result: I almost jumped off the balcony of the 26th floor on April 28. I will never forget the day, I just wanted the pain and suffering to stop. I pulled myself off the ledge, and I don’t even know how I managed to do it.”

Jelena Dokic playing in 2012
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Dokic said seeking professional help “saved” her life, and that she decided to make her story public because “I know I’m not the only one struggling.

“Just know you’re not alone. I wouldn’t say I’m doing great right now, but I’m definitely on the road to recovery. Some days are better than others and sometimes I take a step forward and then take a step back, but I’m fighting back and I think I can get through it.”

Dokic vowed she would come back stronger than ever.

“It’s okay to feel that way and you can come back from it. It’s possible, just keep believing.”
I love you all and here I am fighting and surviving to live and see another day.”

Last December, Dokic addressed fans’ concerns after she took a break from social media and said she was “going through a rough time… and a big change” in her life.

Dokic, who retired from tennis in 2014, has worked as a presenter and commentator for Channel 9 in Australia.

Jelena Dokic worked as a reporter during the 2021 Australian Open
Jelena Dokic worked as a reporter during the 2021 Australian Open
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Last month, Australian tennis star Destani Ayava revealed that she attempted suicide in April, writing on Instagram that she “didn’t want to” reach her 22nd birthday.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for a free, confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five boroughs, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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