Aussie tennis great Jelena Dokic has once again berated the “evil and disgusting trolls” who have been harassing her on social media as they put the popular commentator to shame.
The 39-year-old former star climbed to fourth in the world after kicking off her career with one of the biggest upsets in tennis history against Martina Hingis at Wimbledon when she was just 16.
But her life, growing up in poverty, recent suicidal thoughts and abuse at the hands of her father, was anything but easy.
Aussie tennis legend and commentator Jelena Dokic has taken to social media to call out mean trolls for abusing her online
Just days after calling out already mean keyboard warriors who seem to take pleasure in shaming her, Dokic did it again, sharing a disgusting message she’d seen from a fan.
“I really don’t think it’s fair that a whale like Jelena Dokic robs my enjoyment of watching tennis and turns it into nonsense,” the mean troll wrote in a post the tennis legend shared on her Instagram.
“She’s just saying how good she is. I bet it would take her 10 minutes to run 100 yards. Please get rid of her. Just looking at it puts me off.’
An enraged Dokic labeled the person who wrote the message ‘EVIL’
She also posted a message she received embarrassing herself that her co-commentator Tony Jones referred to
A vicious keyboard warrior also embarrassed Dokic, telling her to ‘eat fewer snacks’
Rather than ignore the troll or dwell on the insults, Dokic bravely called out the horrible comments and shared them with her 106,000 followers on Instagram.
She even revealed that much of it came from fellow women, which grossly disgusted her.
“The ‘body shaming’ and ‘fat shaming’ of the past 24 hours has been insane,” she wrote on Instagram.
Coming from all over the world and a special shout out to so much of it coming from Serbia as the last photo confirms.
And yes, many of them are women too. So much for “women supporting women”.’
Jelena Dokic, pictured ahead of Australian Open commentary with Channel Nine, has criticized the ‘evil and disgusting’ trolls attacking her
She didn’t stop there.
The former junior champion, who has become a fan favorite for many for her insights into Channel Nine’s Australian Open coverage, lashed out at the “evil” fattener.
This first photo? EVIL. There’s no other word for it. Awful. People should be so ashamed,” Dokic captioned a screenshot on the keyboard warrior’s post.
“The most common comment is ‘what happened to her, she’s so big’? I’ll tell you what happened, I’ll find a way and survive and fight.
“It really doesn’t matter what I do and what happened because size shouldn’t matter. Kindness and being a good person matter, which those of you who abuse me and others clearly don’t.”
With 10 career title wins, Dokic made the heartbreaking revelation that she almost killed herself last year because she “wanted the pain and suffering to stop.”
Dokic celebrates reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 1999
For someone to know that and make light of it and continue to abuse her online is embarrassing.
Last week, Dokic shared a repulsive message she called “a new low”: “As the Australian Open begins, Jelena Dokic will try to commit suicide like every year,” a commenter wrote to her in Serbian, laughing. emoticon.’
But Dokic is determined to be a role model for those dealing with abuse and serious mental health issues, and to evoke keyboard warriors.
The 39-year-old is now a highly respected and immensely popular tennis commentator
What matters is your online abuse, bullying and fat shaming. That’s the point because those of you who do it are just evil, bad, mean and ignorant people,” her post continued.
“I can and will get in shape for myself and my health, but it won’t make you a better person.
“The weight will change, but bad people will stay bad. I am here fighting for all those who are abused and shamed.
“I will also be nice and be the bigger person, unlike you trolls, and not reveal your identity.
‘I love you all. Even the trolls, because you give me so much motivation and inspiration to do what I do and to fight against people like you.
“To all those who support me and there are so many of you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Dokic is determined to be the “bigger person,” and said she wouldn’t name and shame the trolls who have been constantly attacking her.
Luckily for the Aussie star, whose family emigrated when she was young from then-war-torn Yugoslavia, she has plenty of support.
Serena Williams’ former coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who is currently coaching superstar Dane Holger Rune at the Open, commented that he greatly admired Dokic.
“You’re doing great Jelena. Don’t even read those comments and don’t give any importance to them. You will always find unhappy/envious/negative people on social media,” he wrote on her post.
All they do all day is post horrible things about people that say a lot about their own insecurities. The majority love you, admire you and the great work you do!’
Australian television personality Catriona Rowntree urged Dokic to consider giving up on social media given the horrible trolling, writing heartwarmingly that her “brain, background and beauty are above and beyond.”
Jelena Dokic unleashes her trademark double-handed backhand in an Australian Open match against icon Martina Hingis in 1999
“Frankly get rid of social media, the fact is you’re doing a great job that’s why you’re there, you wouldn’t be asked to do this if you’re not considered the best at what you do,” the Escape presenter noted on.
“Focus on that, keep going, your brain, your background, your beauty are above and beyond.”
Paralympian Susan Seipel said Dokic was “great calling out the bullies,” while comedian Christian Hull wrote that she is “the most beautiful, most beautiful human being.” Constantly inspired by you.’
The fiercest came from three-time gold medalist Carol Cooke, who urged Dokic not to please the trolls by hiding their identities.
“Jelena, don’t hide their names. They should not be able to hide behind a screen. Let’s name and shame them. You’re great for standing up to them and we’re all so proud of you!’