Alongside a close-up photo of herself, where her face is red and her eyes watery as if she had been crying, Dokic wrote that on April 28, she nearly took her own life.
“I will never forget the day. Everything is blurry. Everything is dark,” he wrote.
“No tone, no image, nothing makes sense… just tears, sadness, depression, anxiety and pain.”
The 39-year-old also explained on Instagram how she had been experiencing “constant feelings of sadness and pain” and that getting professional help saved her life.
CNN has contacted Dokic’s representatives about his post.
“The last six months have been tough. It’s been constant crying everywhere,” he added. “From hiding in the bathroom when I’m at work to wipe my tears away so no one sees, to the unstoppable crying at home within my four walls, it’s been unbearable.”
Dokic, who has worked as a broadcaster for Australian media since retiring in 2014, has won six WTA Tour titles and reached a career-high fourth position in the world rankings.
He reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2000 and the French Open and Australian Open quarterfinals in 2002 and 2009 respectively.
In her Instagram post, she said she is “on the road to recovery.”
“Some days are better than others and sometimes I take a step forward and then a step back, but I’m fighting and I think I can get through this,” Dokic said.
In his autobiography “Unbreakable,” he detailed allegations of physical, verbal and mental abuse that he says his father inflicted on him throughout his tennis career. The New York Times reported that he denied at least one allegation of physical abuse against his daughter as a teenager.
“I struggled with depression for a long time, almost 10 years, and almost killed myself at one point.”
Dokic, who was born in Croatia before her family fled to Serbia and then Australia when war broke out in the Balkans, told CNN she had shared her experience hoping it would “raise awareness about abuse, domestic violence , in sport and also outside of it”. of sport”.
At the time, Dokic’s father, Damir, did not respond to CNN’s request for comment. He told the Serbian daily Blic in 2009 that “there is no child who has not been beaten by his parents, the same with Jelena.”
There was an outpouring of support in the comments section of Dokic’s post, including from the tennis community.
“I’m here for you and just a phone call away!” wrote former Australian player Mark Philippoussis, while French star Alizé Cornet added: “You can do this Jelena… we love you!”
Dokic ended his post with a reminder to others who are also suffering to seek help, encouraging them not to be ashamed.
“I write this because I know that I am not the only one who is struggling. Just know that you are not alone.
“I’m not going to say I’m doing great right now, but I’m definitely on the road to recovery.”
He reminded people that it’s okay to feel sad, but you have to keep fighting.
“I love you all and here is the fight and survival to live and see another day. I will come back stronger than ever.”
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