Doc in 2000

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Australian Jelena Dokic, the former number four in the world in women’s tennis, admitted in an emotional message on Instagram on Monday that she almost took her own life in April.

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“I almost jumped off my balcony on the 26th floor and almost ended my life. For the past six months I have known only pain and sorrow. Even during work I had to hide in the toilet to wipe my tears. I was in a vicious circle and just wanted the pain to stop,” she wrote.

“I don’t know how, but I was able to step back from that edge. Professional help saved my life. I can’t say I’m fine now, but I’m sure I’m on my recovery, with good and bad days. Never be ashamed of how you feel,” it read.

The 39-year-old Dokic made a furore as a tennis star in the early 2000s. She won a total of six WTA titles and reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2000. In 2002 she reached fourth place in the WTA ranking, her highest ranking ever. In 1999, Dokic astonished the entire tennis world by knocking out Martina Hingis, the then number one, in the first round when she first participated in Wimbledon.

Dokic currently works as a tennis commentator for the Australian sports channel Channel 9.

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