Former Australian tennis star Jelena Doc revealed on Monday that she was close to committing suicide a few weeks ago. The 39-year-old, who rose to fourth place in the career-high world rankings in 2002, wrote a long and heartfelt message on Instagram with a picture of herself in tears. Doc, who rose to prominence at Wimbledon in 1999 when he stunned world number one Martina Hingis in the first round, said he had a mental illness and committed suicide on April 28. ۔
“I almost jumped off the balcony of my 26th floor and took my own life. I will never forget that day,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Everything is blurred, everything is dark. No tone, no picture, nothing matters … just tears, sadness, depression, anxiety and pain.
“The last six months have been tough. It’s been crying everywhere.”
“I will never forget that day, I just wanted the pain and suffering to end,” he added.
“I pulled myself off the edge, not even knowing how I did it.”
Duke won six WTA singles titles during his career and reached the 2000 Wimbledon semi-finals.
But he struggled for years to escape the influence of his unstable father, Damir, and his rankings plummeted in the 600’s during his well-documented separation.
The family feud follows a series of bizarre episodes in which Damir was banned from the Wimbledon All England Club and on one occasion claimed that his daughter had been abducted.
Doc, who has worked as a television commentator since retirement, is now encouraging others who are struggling with their mental health.
“Getting professional help saved my life,” he said in an Instagram post.
“I am writing this because I know that I am not alone in my struggle. Just know that you are not alone.
“I wouldn’t say I’m doing very well now, but I’m definitely on the road to recovery.”
He concluded: “I will return stronger than ever.”
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