Player-turned-commentator Jelena Dokic criticized the “disgusting” body-lamming she endured online while working at the Australian Open on Monday. The Australian, who rose to a career-high world ranking of number four in 2002, was doing an on-air interview at Melbourne Park after winning the Players’ Match. But the 39-year-old, who has been open about her experiences with domestic violence and mental health in the past, says she has repeatedly come in for abuse online about her weight.
“Over the past 24 hours ‘body shaming’ and ‘fat shaming’ have become insane,” she wrote on Instagram.
He said it came from all over the world, but especially Serbia. He was born in Croatia and has a Serbian father.
“And yes many of them are women too. So much for ‘women supporting women’,” she added.
Dokic, who revealed last year that he almost killed himself, said the abuse was “vicious and disgusting”.
“The most common comment is ‘What’s wrong with him, he’s so big’?” she wrote.
“I’ll tell you what happened, I’m finding a way and living and fighting. And what I’m doing and what happened doesn’t really matter because size doesn’t matter.
“What matters is your online abuse, bullying and fat shaming. That’s what matters because those of you who do this are just evil, mean, vile and ignorant people.”
Dokic rose to prominence at Wimbledon in 1999 when she stunned world number one Martina Hingis in the first round.
She won six WTA singles titles in her career and reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2000, but struggled for years to escape the influence of her volatile father, Damir.
They endured a well-documented split and he dropped in the rankings.
The family rift followed a series of bizarre episodes, including Damir being banned from the All England Club at Wimbledon and at one point claiming his daughter had been kidnapped.
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