Brave tennis star Dokic in tears as she tells fans “I almost took my own life”

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Former Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic has revealed she almost took her own life earlier this year in a heartbreaking Instagram post.

The 39-year-old, who reached No.4 in the world in 2002 said in a teary Instagram post: "28.04.2022 – I almost took my own life. [I] Will never forget the day.

"The last six months have been tough. It’s been constant crying everywhere. From hiding in the bathroom when at work to wipe away my tears so that nobody sees it to the unstoppable crying at home within my four walls has been unbearable. Constant feelings of sadness and pain are just not going away and my life has been shattered. I blame myself, I don’t think I am worthy of loving and I am scared.

"I also know that I still have so many things to be grateful for and then I start to hate myself because by feeling this way I feel like I am not grateful because I mustn’t be since I want to end it all.

"April 28th. [I] Will never forget the day, I just wanted the pain and the suffering to stop. Getting professional help, saved my life.

"This is not easy to write but I have always been open, honest and vulnerable with you all and I deeply believe in the power of sharing our stories to help us get through things and to help each other.

"I am writing this because I know I am not the only one struggling. Just know that you are not alone.

"I am not going to say that I am doing great now but I am definitely 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 believe I can get through this.

"I believe in the following: it’s ok to feel what I am feeling. It’s ok to feel sad just keep fighting and come back. That’s what I am trying to do and that’s what keeps me going.

"Don’t be ashamed of what you are feeling. It’s ok to feel this way and you can come back from it. It’s possible, just keep believing.

"Love you all and here is to fighting and surviving to live and see another day. I will be back stronger than ever."

Dokic retired from professional tennis in 2014 – with her best result being a semi-final appearance at Wimbledon in 2000.

She has since moved into broadcasting Nine Network Australia – where she covered the most recent Roland Garros.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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