I recall Jelena DoKic from 17 years ago as, a young (at 17 years of age), talented and superb tennis player, who ferociously struck the ball with a ruthless demeanor - a giant killer with a promising future. Shenanigans that were to follow - accusations of unfair treatment by Tennis Australia, and subsequent relocation to Yugoslavia - were the result of - in my mind - the abhorrent behavior of her father, There was no doubt whatsoever, that Jelena, had no say in the events that followed, and that she was under the dictates of her rude and controlling father..The book confirms my aforementioned point of view, but additionally, in graphic detail, reveals how Jelena's father constantly assaulted and abused the poor girl. Despite her successes on the tennis court, and there were many, she could never please him. She was, for him, simply a conduit for earning, and handing over to him, money - her money. Simple as that. As the book unfolds, my emotions surfaced, so much so that I really wanted to put my arm around the poor girl, in a fatherly way of course, and comfort her - perhaps even adopt her into my family, and show her what a normal, loving family is, and ought to be, for any child. Her mother, not married to Jelena'sr father, is also portrayed as cold and distant to Jelena, fearful of displeasing Jelena's father. She,too, failed, miserably so, in her duty of care, to Jelena. Poor, sweet, innocent, Jelena. What a terrible upbringing!
Jess Halloran has superbly written this entertaining and absorbing story of one of Australia's most promising female tennis players. I enjoyed the book immensely. There was one troubling omission, however, that should have been addressed.The book mentions that Jelena had a tax liability of some $2m. I was left wondering to what tax jurisdiction/s was this money owed, was it paid, and how was it paid ? No mention.It also begs the question, has jelena, now at age 34, been left with anything - financially, or have all her earnings - some $6m Aust.- been paid over to her uncaring father? Jelena mentions how much she and her partner would like to start a family. At age 34,Jelena's biological clock is ticking, so one presumes Jelena and her partner are awaiting finances before having children,and so the surmise is, that Jelena has nothing to show for her earlier substantial earnings. A Great book and a great read!
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: EBURY AUSTRALIA (29 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143784242
- ISBN-13: 978-0143784241
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)