On and off the tennis court, Jelena Dokic is truly remarkable.
One of Australia's most successful tennis stars, Jelena had victories over many highly-ranked players, including 10 victories over No. 1 ranked players, and rapidly ascended through the world rankings to achieve a high of No. 4 in 2002. She won 14 singles titles, including the 1999 Hopman Cup partnering with Mark Phillippoussis. In the 1999 Wimbledon Championships, the then 16-year-old Dokic achieved one of the biggest upsets in tennis history, beating Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-0, which remains the only time the Women's World No. 1 has ever lost to a qualifier at Wimbledon. Dokic would go on to reach the quarter finals, in only her second Grand Slam tournament.
However, Jelena's time in the world of the tennis elite was beset by dark and traumatic off-court struggles, including being a refugee, dealing with poverty, bullying, discrimination, injury, depression, and the physical and emotional abuse she suffered for over 20 years at the hands of her father and coach, Damir. Jelena's courageous story has captured a large worldwide following, after she recently penned her best-selling autobiography, 'Unbreakable'.
Jelena's story is one of inspiration, resilience and utter strength.