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Jelena Dokic: Unbreakable

Hobsons Bay Libraries

Event Date: 21 November 2017
Author / Presenters: Jelena Dokic in conversation with John Trickey

Jelena Dokic has not told a soul her incredible, explosive story in full – until now. it is a story of survival: how she survived being a refugee, life on the court and the tennis dad from hell!

Jelena was a prodigious talent, heralded as Australia's greatest tennis hope since Evonne Goolagong. She had exceptional skills, a steely nerve and an extraordinary ability to fight on the court.

Off it she endured huge challenges; being an 'outsider' in her new country, poverty and racism. Still she starred on the tennis court. By 18, she was in the world's top 10. By 19, she was No. 4. The world was charmed by her and her story – a refugee whose family had made Australia home when she was eleven years old.

From war-torn Yugoslavia to Sydney to Wimbledon, she narrates her hellish ascent to becoming one of the best tennis players in the women’s game, and her heart-breaking fall from the top. Her gutsy honesty will leave you in awe. Her fight back from darkness will uplift you. Most of all, Jelena's will to survive will inspire you.

John Trickey joins Jelena in conversation to share her journey of survival.

John Trickey, local tennis coach and ex circuit tennis player, was the National Women’s Coach with Tennis Australia from 1998 to 2003 During that time he coached Jelena and was with her at her historic Wimbledon win.

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