About the book

This is a story of Jelena Dokic's survival. How she survived as a refugee, twice. How she survived on the tennis court to become World No. 4. But, most importantly, how she survived her father, Damir Dokic, the tennis dad from hell. From war-torn Yugoslavia to Sydney to Wimbledon, she narrates her hellish ascent to becoming one of the best tennis players in the women's game, and her heart-breaking fall from the top. Her gutsy honesty will leave you in awe. Her fight back from darkness will uplift you. Most of all, Jelena's will to survive will inspire you.

Book cover - Unbreakable by Jelena Dokic and Jessica Halloran.
Published by: 
Penguin Random House

About the authors


At 17 Jelena Dokic reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon. By September 2000 she became an Olympian and finished fourth at the Sydney Games. By 19, she was World No. 4 and World No. 9 in doubles. She won her first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles title at the Rome Masters in May 2001. She was also a French Open doubles finalist the same year. Injury prematurely finished her tennis career in 2013. She has worked as a commentator on Fox Sports News and Channel Seven's tennis coverage. She lives in Melbourne with her partner Tin.

Jelena Dokic, author of Unbroken


Jessica Halloran started her journalism career as a cadet at the Sydney Morning Herald and now covers sport for the Sunday Telegraph. She has reported from events including Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Australian Opens, NRL and AFL finals series and interviewed the world's biggest sports stars. She covered Jelena Dokic's incredible comeback at the 2009 Australian Open. Her first profile of Jelena saw Jessica win an Australian Sports Commission award for best sports feature writing. Jessica has also been a Walkley Award and Kennedy Award finalist. She lives in Sydney with her husband and their two children.

Jessica Halloran author of Unbreakable

Judges’ comments

This is an unusual memoir that stands out because it is a story Australians thought we knew but did not. While this is a traumatic story, it is remarkably not pessimistic. Unbreakable shows us that Jelena Dokic should not merely be remembered for her place in Australian sport, but also as a successful young Australian woman who was abused in front of our eyes, yet we as nation failed to act on this or indeed call it out. Family abuse is a current social issue and this memoir explores the systemic problem of a parent living through a child in the competitive world of sport. As an account of that kind of family abuse, it is riveting. This book is surprising. It is not your usual sports biography, but a shocking and unrelenting account of her trauma. There is a lot to learn as Dokic demonstrates how truly unbreakable she is.