‘Disgusting’: Jelena Dokic reveals twist after ‘evil’ online abuse
The Australian tennis great has received a new wave of abusive messages on social media after calling out trolls last week for behavior she described as “a new low”.
Dokic, who made the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in 2009 and has been open about her experience of domestic violence and her mental health struggles, said she was moved to tears on Friday morning by a “disgusting” post on his Instagram page.
She is now facing the same situation again a few days later.
Dokic recently reposted messages Instagram users sent him, describing them as “disgusting.”
Dokic, who revealed in June that she contemplated suicide last April, was quick to call out the trolls.
Her brave public stance included a startling detail that the majority of abuse was sent by women.
“The ‘body shaming’ and ‘fat shaming’ over the past 24 hours has been insane,” she posted in all caps.
“Coming from all over the world and a special shout out to so many of them coming from Serbia as the last photo confirms.
“And, yes, many of them are also women. So much for “women who support women”.
“Here are some examples that confirm how much I am subjected to body shame in Serbia as well. And that first photo? BAD. There is no other word for it.
“Disgusting. People should be so ashamed. The most common comment being ‘what happened to her, she’s so fat’?
“I’ll tell you what happened, I find a way to survive and fight. And it doesn’t matter what I do and what happened because size shouldn’t matter.
“What matters is your online abuse, bullying and fat shaming. That’s what matters because those of you who do it are just mean, mean, mean, ignorant people.
She had received even more repulsive messages last week.
“Now that the Australian Open is starting, will Jelena Dokic try to kill herself like she does every year,” a commentator wrote to her in Serbian, along with a laughing emoji.
She responded by writing, “A new low and it brought me to tears this morning when I woke up and read it.
“Just when you think online abuse and trolling can’t get any worse. Nearly one million people commit suicide each year around the world.
“It’s scary and so sad and then people like this disgusting person and a few others don’t care!? How awful. They should be ashamed of themselves.”
“Who is a bad person. And of course an ignoramus,” Dokic wrote on Instagram.
“I think of all those who have committed suicide, those who wanted to, those who have lost friends and loved ones to suicide and all those who are struggling.
“I fight for everyone who feels like they don’t have a voice, who don’t feel like they’re heard, for those who are struggling, for those who have struggled with suicidal thoughts, lost loved ones and friends to suicide and I fight against ignorance, bad people, trolls, online abuse and disgusting human beings.
“Many are at their absolute breaking point, so be kind, caring and understanding.
“Sending so much love to all good people and especially to all those who are struggling.”
On Thursday, Dokic was targeted by trolls over the treatment she received from her father Damir, which included decades of abuse she detailed in her 2017 biography. Unbreakable.
“Enough is enough,” she wrote Thursday.
“I will always speak up and fight for what is right.
“It’s time to call it out and show it.”
“Apparently it’s normal that I was abused, beaten unconscious, beaten bleeding with a leather belt…because it was good for me and my tennis and I wouldn’t be not where I am without it.”
Dokic was inundated with support from people slamming the trolls.
TV presenter Jacqui Felgate wrote: “You are an inspiration. We adore you.
Giaan Rooney commented: “It’s awful but remember how many people love you. You do an amazing job and we love watching you!
Leisel Jones said: “I have no words and I won’t waste my time or energy on this pond scum. “You are so loved regardless of your mental health. I would like to be there to give you a big hug but a virtual one will have to do the trick. I like You!
Dokic has already slammed people for repeatedly shaming him on social media.