'I don’t want pity': Jelena Dokic sidesteps blame game to find own voice | Kate O'Halloran

Tennis star talks about the relief of getting her story out there, the frustration of covering for an abusive father and the joy of playing for pleasure, not fear

Thanks to her father Damir, Jelena Dokic has had a notoriously strained relationship with the media. From coverage of him threatening US Open staff over the price of fish, to drunkenly smashing a reporter’s phone at Wimbledon or claiming the Australian Open draw was rigged against her, the media have been happy to embrace Damir as an oafish buffoon, ripe fodder for a click-bait headline or cartoon.

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