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Jennifer Capriati to Enter International Tennis Hall of Fame

April 13, 2012

Jennifer Capriati leads a roster of four players and one administrator who will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in July.

Capriati, 36, held the No. 1 ranking on the WTA tour for 18 weeks; won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and three Grand Slam singles titles; and helped the U.S. team to the Fed Cup championship in 2000.

Other members of the 2012 Hall of Fame class are Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil, who held the No. 1 ranking on the men’s ATP Tour and won the French Open three times; Manuel Orantes of Spain, the 1975 U.S. Open champion; administrator and promoter Mike Davies; and wheelchair player Randy Snow, who will be honored posthumously.

“This is a dream come true and an extraordinary tribute,” Capriati said in a statement. “I truly feel humbled to be a part of history and am honored to be considered among the greatest of all time.”

Capriati, a New York City native who turned pro in 1990, won 14 single titles including the Australian Open in 2001 and 2002 and the French Open in 2001.

She reached the French Open semifinals at the age of 14 in her first year of professional tennis. Three years later, she was arrested for shoplifting at a Florida mall, and for marijuana possession a year after that. She spent more than a week in drug rehabilitation in 1994.

Capriati, the 2001 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, retired in 2004 with a career record of 430-176.

To contact the reporter on this story: Curtis Eichelberger in Washington at ceichelberge@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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