Tennis champion Jelena Dokic has fired back at online trolls after she was taunted for her different weights and sizes.
The former world No. 4 stunned thousands around the world after she lost weight to her “playing weight” of 67 pounds in 18 months, after weighing in at 120 pounds.
But the 38-year-old, who lives in Melbourne, is still struggling with the scales and gaining some weight amid Melbourne’s draconian lockdown restrictions.
Tennis champion Jelena Dokic has backfired on online trolls after she was taunted for her varying weights and sizes (pictured before, now and pre-COVID)
The former world No. 4 stunned thousands after she lost weight to her ‘playing weight’ of 67 kilograms in 18 months after weighing in at 120 kilograms (pictured at the Australian Open)
Jelena (pictured during her weight loss journey) said trolls and bodyshamers should stop judging people by their size
In a long message on Instagram, Jelena criticized bodyshamers and online trolls for criticizing her weight — as she shared side-by-side photos of herself before, now, and pre-COVID.
“Real talk about body shaming,” wrote Jelena.
“I am constantly disappointed and sad to see that people treat and look at others differently because of their size.
“People are constantly obsessed with whether someone is tall, short, fat or thin – as they like to say it. Why the obsession with our size, especially what size women are?’
The 38-year-old went on to say it’s “so disappointing” to see how people interact with and talk to others they consider tall or fat, whether in real life or online.
“These images of me are all different sizes and weights,” she said.
‘Does the image on the left make me less worthy than the image on the right? Am I a good, kind, empathetic and considerate person defined by my height?
“What matters is whether someone is nice, compassionate and a good person, not how tall they are.”
The 38-year-old said it’s “so disappointing” to see how people interact with and talk to others they consider tall or fat, whether in real life or online (pictured in February 2021)
Jelena (pictured earlier this month) said many people who struggle with their weight use food as a coping mechanism, and this is a trap she’s fallen into over the years.
Jelena highlighted a study that found that 90 percent of people who struggle with their weight are people who have experienced “trauma, pain and suffering” — and they use food as a coping mechanism.
“I know this from personal experience,” she said.
“That’s how I dealt with my pain, trauma, suffering, depression, and suicidal thoughts. If I hadn’t used food as a coping mechanism, who knows, I might be here today.”
The 38-year-old begged people to stop judging her and her weight because she’s always “working hard on myself and trying to be as healthy as possible.”
“Remember, it’s not one size fits all,” she concluded.
“Don’t judge people by their height and always be nice.”
In January 2020, the 37-year-old revealed she was the ‘lightest’ she’d ever been in a decade (pictured during her weight loss journey)
The teenage star’s career peaked when she reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 1999 and the semi-finals in 2000, followed by the quarter-finals of the French Open in 2002.
Dokic debuted in August 2019 with her weight loss of 45 kg (right), assigning a specific diet to help her lose fat. The 36-year-old (pictured left in 2018), previously revealed that she turned to food for emotional support when she retired from the sport in 2014
Jelena previously revealed that she lived off an unhealthy diet of burgers, fries and sugary foods after being forced to retire in 2014 following an injury.
But determined to turn her life around, she dropped a dramatic 53 pounds in 18 months after embarking on a Jenny Craig weight loss program, which saw the tennis star hit her lowest weight in 10 years.
“Even though I’ve posted ‘before and after photos’ before and I’ve posted unflattering photos of myself and my journey, it’s never easy to do it in public,” she said in May 2020.
‘I also think it’s important to keep it honest and real and sometimes show the not so perfect images and stories. That is the reality of life and we all have difficult stories, battles and journeys and I am proud of mine.
“I’m not here to brag about how much weight I’ve lost. This is about my arduous journey that I am still on and will be a long one. It’s about the mental battle and the battle with myself and then it’s about the kilos.’
In January 2020, she revealed she was the “lightest” she’d ever been in a decade.
“I never thought I’d be where I am today in just over 12 months. I’ve worked hard for it day in and day out, it has its challenging moments, but it’s so rewarding and now I want to empower others to do the same,” Jelena said at the time.