Former high 10 tennis participant Jelena Dokic almost took her personal life in April throughout struggles together with her psychological well being, the Australian mentioned on social media.
Dokic, who performed her final skilled match in 2014 and has labored as a commentator on Australian TV lately, mentioned she had been battling “fixed emotions of unhappiness and ache”.
“Such a vicious cycle in my head. The end result: nearly leaping off my twenty sixth ground balcony on April twenty eighth,” the 39-year-old wrote in a publish.
“I simply wished the ache and the struggling to cease. I pulled myself of the sting, don’t even understand how I managed to do it.”
Dokic has been open about her psychological well being battles and mentioned in her 2017 e-book “Unbreakable” that she had suffered years of bodily and emotional abuse from her father.
Born within the former Yugoslavia, Dokic mentioned on Instagram that the final six months had been powerful however looking for skilled assist had saved her life.
“From hiding within the toilet when at work, to wipe away my tears in order that no one sees it, to the unstoppable crying at residence inside my 4 partitions has been insufferable,” mentioned the previous world quantity 4, who gained six singles titles on the WTA Tour.
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“I’m scripting this as a result of I do know I’m not the one one struggling.
“Simply know that you’re not alone.”
Dokic mentioned some days had been higher than others however she was on the street to restoration and vowed to return “stronger than ever”.
Her publish triggered supportive messages from quite a few Australian sporting figures.
“You might be sufficient. You might be worthy. Your ache will heal,” former Olympic champion bicycle owner Anna Meares mentioned.
“You’ll discover peace. Dangle in there.”
Psychological well being has been within the highlight in tennis since former world primary Naomi Osaka withdrew from final 12 months’s French Open and mentioned she was battling despair.
Males’s world quantity two Alex Zverev opened up about his personal psychological well being points through the current French Open, saying social media meant present gamers had been topic to “much more hatred” than previous ones.