Jelena Dokic: The abuse spiralled out of control

She was also referred to as a'slut and a'whore as a young teenager the book alleges

She was also referred to as a'slut and a'whore as a young teenager the book alleges

Australian basketball player Andrew Bogut said that Dokic's story was "absolutely brutal to read".

It was in 2009 that Jelena Dokic revealed Damir had physically abused her when she was growing up.

Former world No 4 Jelena Dokic has revealed the horrific physical and verbal beatings she was subjected to as a player by her father Damir.

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Dokic alleged her father whipped her with a leather belt because of a "mediocre training session [or] a loss, a bad mood", and also spat in her face and pulled her hair and ears while kicking her in the shins with pointed dress shoes.

In 2005, after months out of the game struggling with injury and personal problems, Dokic signalled her intention to return to Australia.

Tennis Australia praised Dokic's courage in exposing the abuse.

"There were many in tennis at the time who were concerned for Jelena's welfare, and many who tried to assist with what was a hard family situation", read a statement.

As Australia "reacted with shock" to her "horrifying allegations", the sport's governing body said that "people had lodged police complaints - but without cooperation from those involved, they could not be fully investigated".

"Over the past 10 years tennis has been constantly improving and updating policies to increase protection for children".

"Tennis Australia is working closely with the Australian Childhood Foundation to strengthen the safeguarding of children across the sport".

Damir's alleged constant verbal abuse included calling his teenage daughter a "slut" and "whore". "Once my tears start, they fall thick and fast", Dokic writes.

"He said that I was a disgrace and an embarrassment that I couldn't come home". 'I agree. I went overboard.

"I don't think he understands the things he has done".

Dokic admits conflicting emotions surfaced in the time spent compiling the autobiography and choosing to tell her story properly for the first time.

Dokic stunned the world when as a 17-year-old ranked 129 in the world, she beat World Number One Martina Hingis at Wimbledon.

One of the biggest frustrations was being forced to tell lies on behalf of her father. I stand in my bra, my back to him, and he orders me not to move as he hits me.

During the program both Ellis and Slater questioned what Tennis Australia was doing to ensure things like this never occur again.

"It was a really nasty memory that will stay with me forever". These were not my thoughts and my decisions really. I copped it all and I had to do all the, let's say, all the dirty work. It hurts a lot less when you have your shirt on and that's why he makes me take it off. "At that stage I received a lot in terms of funding, and a lot of help from Australia".

In the book, Ms Dokic also writes about her experience as a young refugee after her family arrived in Australia from the former Yugoslavia in 1994.

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