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Jennifer Capriati

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Jennifer Marie Capriati (born March 29, 1976, in New York City) is a former World No. 1 women's tennis player from the United States. During her career, she has won three Grand Slam singles titles (2 Australian Open, 1 French Open), as well as the women's singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games.
Capriati was introduced to tennis while she was still a toddler by her father, Stefano Capriati, an Italian-American former boxer turned tennis coach, who has continued to coach her in her later professional career. In 1986, when Jennifer's burgeoning tennis talent became obvious, her family moved to Florida, where the ten-year-old player was enrolled in an intense training program run by Jimmy Evert, the father of Chris Evert
In 1989, Capriati served notice to the tennis world by becoming the youngest player to win the French Open junior singles title at the age of 13 years and 2 months. (The record stood until 1993, when it was broken by Martina Hingis who won the title as a 12-year-old.) Capriati went on to win the junior singles title at the 1989 US Open and the junior doubles titles at both the US Open and Wimbledon (partnering Meredith McGrath). Capriati turned professional on March 5, 1990, three weeks before her 14th birthday. In her debut tournament on the tour, at Boca Raton, Florida, she defeated four seeded players on her way to becoming the youngest-ever player to reach a tour final, where she lost 6-4, 7-5 to Gabriela Sabatini. Despite the loss, the attention she got from her debut landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated the following week.
Three months later, she became the youngest-ever semifinalist at the French Open (aged 14 years and 2 months), where she lost to the eventual champion, Monica Seles. Capriati reached the fourth round at both Wimbledon and the US Open that year and won her first top-level singles title that October in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She finished her first year on the tour ranked the World No. 8. 1991 saw Capriati reach the semifinals at Wimbledon and the US Open. She became Wimbledon's youngest-ever semifinalist after defeating the defending champion, Martina Navratilova in the quarterfinals, forcing Navratilova's earliest Wimbledon exit in 14 years. Capriati won two singles titles that year, as well as her first (and only) tour doubles title (in Rome partnering Monica Seles). The biggest moment of Capriati's early career came in 1992, when she won the women's singles gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. In the final, she defeated Steffi Graf (who was the gold medalist four years earlier in Seoul) in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Grand Slam singles finals

Year Championship Position Opponent Score
2001 Australian Open Champion Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3
2001 French Open Champion Kim Clijsters 1-6, 6-4, 12-10
2002 Australian Open Champion Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-6, 6-2

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