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Ex-tennis ace Dokic reveals struggles

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Former Australian tennis ace Jelena Dokic has said she is on the road to recovery after her mental health deteriorated earlier this year.

Australian tennis identity Jelena Dokic has revealed her mental health deteriorated so badly she almost took her own life but she is now on the road to recovery.

The former world No.4, who has become a successful tennis commentator, has posted on social media detailing a harrowing experience in April.

Dokic posted her story to Instagram, accompanied with a selfie she took on April 28, a day she "will never forget".

The 39-year-old says seeking professional help since has "saved her life"

"The last six months have been tough," Dokic wrote.

"It's been constant crying everywhere.

"From hiding in the bathroom when at work, to wipe away my tears so that nobody sees it, to the unstoppable crying at home within my four walls has been unbearable.

"Constant feelings of sadness and pain are just not going away and my life has been shattered.

"I am writing this because I know I am not the only one struggling.

"Just know that you are not alone.

"I am not going to say that I am doing great now but I am definitely on the road to recovery.

"Some days are better than others and sometimes I take a step forward and then a step back, but I'm fighting and I believe I can get through this.

"Love you all and here is to fighting and surviving to live and see another day.

"I will be back stronger than ever."

Dokic's post elicited strong support from numerous sporting greats, including Olympians Anna Meares, Giaan Rooney and Leisel Jones, and former Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis.

For support and information about suicide prevention:

Lifeline 13 11 14

beyondblue 1300 22 4636

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