'I was down and out and broken, but came back to life'
JELENA Dokic is a household name in Australia for both sport and family reasons.
She was the great hope in Australian women's tennis and should be remembered for her prestigious talent. Talent that took her to number 4 in the world.
Sadly it was her turbulent off-field issues and volatile relationship with her father and coach Damir Dokic that attracted her to global headlines.
As a player and in life she's had to fight.
Twice a refugee and a victim of verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of her father, Ms Dokic's story is a dark reality she wants told.
The release of her autobiography, Unbreakable, co-written by award-winning Australian journalist Jessica Halloran, saw her back in the limelight.
Unbreakable will resonate with readers and fans of Australian survival stories.
"It is my life story and all the battles I went through," Ms Dokic said.
"From being a refugee, to being abused, to battling depression. They are very important things and I am glad to be able to talk about them now.
"I wanted it to describe my life in depth and I think it reflects who I am.
"I'm very proud of the book. I say in the book I hope it helps people. And I think it has."
She said reliving those horrible moments in the writing process was distressing at times.
But importantly it was drawing attention to very real, everyday problems faced by many.
"I felt really good about writing it and I wanted to be involved in the whole process," she said.
"At times it was very tough to talk about.
"We had a couple of titles in mind. Survivor was one. But Unbreakable felt right. I was down and out and broken, but came back to life."
Sunshine Coast residents can hear from both authors tomorrow night at the Maroochy RSL.
The pair will speak about the book and more from 6.30pm onwards.