Hobsons Bay welcomed Jelena Dokic with open arms at a booked out Newport Community Hub on Tuesday night, where the tennis legend shared stories from her new book Unbreakable, a never told before story of survival.
Leading the conversation was John Trickey, a local tennis coach and ex circuit tennis player, who was the National Women’s Coach with Tennis Australia from 1998 to 2003 and during that time coached Dokic and was with her at her historic Wimbledon win.
Winning came at a cost for Dokic, as the book bravely details the off-court challenges of dealing with Damir Dokic, the tennis dad from hell that had a daughter living in fear and at one point under the protection of a personal protective security detail.
Dokic was a prodigious talent, heralded as Australia’s greatest tennis hope since Evonne Goolagong. She had exceptional skills, a steely nerve and an extraordinary ability to fight on the court.
Fighting was not foreign to Dokic, who grew up in war-torn Yugoslavia, but after moving with her family to Australia as refugees it quickly became evident that the fighting had not been left behind.
Dokic narrates her hellish ascent to becoming one of the best tennis players in the women’s game, and her heart-breaking fall from the top, in a book brandishing guts and honesty that leaves readers feeling in awe and inspired.