Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jennifer Capriati elected to Tennis Hall of Fame

Jennifer Capriati, a former world No. 1 player, was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, it was announced Friday.
Photo: Reuters
Capriati, who won three Grand Slam events during her 15-year playing career, will be inducted July 14 at Newport, R.I, according to Reuters. Also being inducted will be former world No 1 Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil, Spanish legend Manuel Orantes, promoter Mike Davies and the late wheelchair tennis star Randy Snow.

"I'm thrilled. This is a dream come true and an extraordinary tribute," Capriati said in a statement, quoted by Reuters. "Tennis has been my passion and dedication for my entire life and to be acknowledged for this passion and dedication is truly icing on the cake. truly feel humbled to be a part of history and am honored to be considered among the greatest of all time."

Capriati, 36, had a career record of 430-176 record and 14 career singles crowns from 1990-2004. Besides reaching the finals in two of her first three WTA events, she won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic women's final.

She came back to the game in 1999 after a four-year hiatus and became the world's No. 1 player for 18 weeks in Oct. 2001. In fact, all three of her Grand Slam titles -- 2001 and 2002 Australian Open titles and the 2001 French Open -- occurred after her comeback.

Capriati did have troubles during her playing days. While taking a break from the game in the mid-1990s for what she called burnout, she was arrested for shoplifting and possession of marijuana.

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