Jelena Dokic rushes back to Melbourne amid viral health drama

Former World No. 4 tennis star Jelena Dokic has been forced to cancel scheduled appearances in Adelaide to return to Melbourne as she battles a health scare less than a week from the Australian Open.

While the 40-year-old’s playing days are long behind her, Dokic has become one of the biggest names on the Australian Open commentary team since moving behind the microphone.

But the former Wimbledon semi-finalist has revealed she’s had to rush home due to a viral infection on the eve of the year’s first grand slam.

“I have come down with a viral infection and I have to leave and get back home to Melbourne asap,” she wrote.

“I am so sad and disappointed as I absolutely love Adelaide and this amazing tournament but I have no choice.

“Off to Melbourne now and hopefully I will be ok soon and by Sunday for the start of the Australian Open. Fingers crossed.”

Dokic also apologised to Adelaide fans who were planning on attending a book signing on Saturday and promised to return after the Australian Open.

Dokic released her second book Fearless in September 2023, focusing on her ongoing campaign against body shaming and her mental health struggles.

Her 2017 autobiography Unbreakable was a huge success and covered the physical and mental abuse she experienced at the hands of her father Damir.

Late last year, Dokic revealed she had long had a private battle with an eating disorder.

In an interview with Stellar published this morning, the former World No 4 said her struggle with disordered eating dates back to her childhood as a refugee in Serbia.

“I actually haven’t talked about my eating disorder (before) because, for so long, I didn’t understand it. But now I know that more than 90 per cent of people that do have eating disorders, it comes from trauma,” the 40-year-old told Stellar late last year.

In Dokic’s case, her condition was further exacerbated by the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father, Damir, who would “weaponise food” at the start of her tennis career.

“Getting professional help saved my life. I find the eating disorder quite complex. I’m working really hard on it,” she said.

“But the writing of the book (Fearless) was a massive step for me because I’ve realised I’m not eating like that anymore. I’ve got more balance now.”

Dokic has also been open with her mental health struggles, including revealing she survived a suicide attempt in 2022.

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