Former WTA world No.4 Jelena Dokic has broken up with Tin Bikic, her partner of 18 and a half years. The retired Australian tennis player feels traumatized and lost after ending the relationship with the person that has been by her side throughout her adult life.
The 38-year-old Dokic has experienced a lot of hardships in her life. Besides her rocky relationship with her father Damir Dokic and her fleeing from war in Yugoslavia during childhood, in recent years Dokic has suffered from depression, anxiety, stress, and suicidal thoughts.
Food was her coping mechanism, which resulted in substantial weight gain. Then as she managed to lose all the excess weight, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and strict lockdowns in her home country of Australia only worsened her mental state. An icing on this bitter cake is a major crisis in her love life.
A few days after Christmas, Dokic explained her long absence from social media, saying that she was taking her time offline to heal and process a trauma:
I am going through a very tough period in my life right now and a huge change and I just need some time to recover, heal and process the pain and trauma that I am going through.
At that moment it was unclear what specifically happened to Dokic, but her next post published in mid-January revealed that the problem was the end of her relationship with Tin Bikic after 18 and a half years of being together through thick and thin.
I would be lying if I said I was doing well but I will give it my absolute all to heal and recover and process this pain and trauma and if nothing else I will die trying.
I gave this relationship my all, my heart and soul and I fought so hard till the end but ultimately it wasn’t enough this time but I am hopeful that there is still happiness and love somewhere out there waiting for me.
This is hard, I am in pain, I am hurt, I am lost and right now it’s all about just being able to get out of bed in the morning and putting one foot in front of the other.
I will have to learn to walk again before I can run when it comes to love and happiness but I will give this healing process my all.
I am a fighter and I will fight till the end.My strength and the will to go on and live will be tested again but I have done it before so I hope I can do it again.
Hopefully Dokic will manage to heal the heartbreak in a few months and start afresh, with many new joyous moments and supportive people in her life. We never know what good will come out of a bad situation. We have to cherish every day and sail on the waves of life.