Fans praise Aussie tennis star Jelena Dokic after 45kg weight loss

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Former Aussie tennis star Jelena Dokic pictured on Instagram
Former Aussie tennis star Jelena Dokic has lost 45kgs since last October. Photo: Instagram/Jelena Dokic

Women are heaping well-deserved praise on former Australian tennis champ Jelena Dokic after she showed off the impressive results of her weight loss.

Currently holidaying in Croatia, 35-year-old Jelena shared a photo of herself in a bikini and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“I’m an ordinary little Aussie mum of 3 and have been following your progress, FAR OUT you looking amazing!!!!” one person wrote, “Well done and from one woman to another thanks for the inspiration”.

“How amazing do you look? So inspirational,” said another, while others wrote, “Well done Jelena you look fabulous,” and “Wow!! Have been following your weight loss journey you look incredible”.

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Weight loss journey

Jelena has been documenting her health and fitness regime since October last year, and has dropped 45kg in that time. She also became an ambassador for Jenny Craig at the beginning of this year.

“Working very hard in my workouts 6 days a week, eating right, focused, positive, patient, right mindset, having the right support and trusting the process,” the former world number four said at the time.

“The results and improvement is there and noticeable. Getting fit, healthy and so happy.”

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Sharing a photo of her progress in March, Jelena said she was hoping to inspire others by being open about her own experience.

“The photo on the left and the start of my weight loss journey is a hard one to post and look at,” she said.

“I was unhealthy and unfit but even more importantly I was so unhappy, with no confidence. I didn’t want to go out of the house and I even turned down work opportunities because I was so insecure and unhappy.”

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Since getting back into a health and fitness routine, she reflected, “It’s not just about weight loss either but about having a healthy and balanced lifestyle and developing healthy but sustainable habits for the rest of your life.”

Controversial career

Jelena rose to fame in Australia in 1999 with an underdog success story after she knocked the then world champ Martina Hingis, out of Wimbledon at the age of 16.

The following year she made the Wimbledon semi-finals and she later represented Australia at the Olympics, again reaching the semi-finals.

Her career quickly became controversial however, when a spotlight was shined on her father Damir’s overpowering and at times violent actions from the sidelines.

Jelena Dokic playing tennis in 1999
Jelena made Australia proud when she took on some of the world's best players at age 16. Photo: Getty

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