Cash among more early of the history of its sport, it is however as from its twenty-five years, after personal vexations, which it gains the most beautiful titles of its career and becomes, in 2001, number one world with the classification WTA.
BeginningsJennifer Capriati was born with Long Island, with New York. Very small, his/her father, old a Boxing ur Italian-American, learns how to him to play Tennis. In 1986, his/her parents move in Florida where, at ten years, it follows a very intensive drive at Jimmy Evert, the father of Chris. It quickly acquires the bases of a basic play of court of a great power, equal in right blow as in reverse, and of a particularly effective defense.
After a first match senior disputed in 1989 at the time of the Wightman Cup, it becomes professional the March 5th 1990, three weeks before its fourteenth birthday. As of its first participation in a tournament WTA and after having mystified four heads of series, it reaches the finale of the Open of Boca Raton where it is dominated by Gabriela Sabatini: this record remains unequalled. Immediately, American public made of “Jenny” her whooping-cough.
In spring 1990, already classified 24e world, it becomes at fourteen years the youngest player to reach the semi-finals with Roland-Garros. Victorious in July of the Cut of the Federation with the American team, it gains in October its first title with Puerto Rico against Zina Garrison and concludes the season with the 8th world rank.
In 1991, it reaches successively the semi-finals with Wimbledon (by eliminating the champion in title Martina Navrátilová in quarters) then with US Open (exit by the number one Monica Seles, at the end of a meeting of anthology).
However, increasingly pressed by the Media S, Capriati does not manage to concretize the immense hopes so early placed in it. In 1993, it essuie several against-performances, in particular an elimination with the first the US turn Open one. It decides then, for a time, to resume its studies. Stopped for flight with the display in December then for possession of Marijuana in May 1994, it returns to the competition only in February 1996.
Paining to be maintained in the club of fifty the better world ones, the comeback of Jennifer Capriati at the very least makes failure until her success with the Internationaux of Strasbourg in May 1999.
If 2000 mark its return to the foreground, it is in 2001 qu ' it knows its year of grace by gaining the Open of Australia then Roland-Garros (10-8 with the third set against Kim Clijsters). The October 15th, it briefly succeeds Martina Hingis on the throne of number one world. Again, it still allocates the Open one of Australia in 2002, its third and last title in Large Slam, not without finally erasing four match points vis-a-vis Hingis.
In 2003, a little in-on this side, its more notable performance remains a semi-final with the US Open than it loses against Justine Henin-Hardenne, whereas it passed to eleven recoveries at two points of the victory.
Jennifer Capriati did not play any more since November 2004 because of a wound to the shoulder. It, to date, never officialized its sporting retirement.
In 2005, the American journalists of Tennis Magazine elected Jennifer Capriati with the 36e row of the “forty great champions of Tennis of these forty last years” (men and women confused), behind Stan Smith (35e) and in front of Gustavo Kuerten (37e).
Jennifer Capriati, just as Monica Saddles, enacted the standards of the tennis female of today, coercive and based above all on the physical force. It counts fifteen titles with its prize list, of which one into double ladies.
Jennifer Capriati prize list
Course in Large Slam
Course with the Masters
Cut of the Federation
Classifications at the end of the season (simple)
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