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Jelena Dokic calls out online trolls over ‘low rent’ body-shaming

She’s a tennis coach, commentator, writer and former professional player, but despite achieving so much, Jelena Dokic has been forced to defend herself against bullies on social media.

Online trolls targeted the 39-year-old, insulting her physical appearance while she was covering the Australian Open in Melbourne this month.

But Dokic hit back at the keyboard warriors, naming and shaming them by sharing some of the “vile and disgusting” comments being made about her on her social media.

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“It is disappointing that some people are just mean,” Dokic told Today.

“I’m not out there hurting anyone. Even though I know I have so much support, at the same time, even if it is one bad comment, it shouldn’t be out there.”

After a traumatic childhood, Dokic has spent recent years building a platform for her social media followers to feel supported and have a safe space to go online.

But with most of the insults targeted at her coming from women, she said a conversation needs to be had about the issue.

“It goes past not just body shaming but also threats as well,” she said.

“I think you should be able to go out there and if you want to be on social media, if it makes you happy, you should be able to do it without being attacked,” she said.

“I’m trying to build a community of protection with my social media where we can share our stories and get a bit of strength and hope and I really find it extremely mean and disgusting when people try and tear that down.”

See what else Jelena had to say and find out who her picks are for the Australian Open finals in the video above´╗┐

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