Famous female tennis players: Jennifer Capriati

Famous female tennis players: Jennifer Capriati

Famous female tennis player, Jennifer Capriati started her professional career in 1990, though before that she played as a junior player and claimed 3 singles and one doubles title. The American female tennis players, Jennifer won her first professional title in October that year. By the end of 1990, she had already made it to the top ten in the world tennis ranking all the way to the eighth place. In all, she won one doubles title and 14 singles.

Soon, the young girl fell a victim to drugs. It gave a serious blow to her career. An event of shop lifting in 1993 followed by arrest due to possession of drugs in May 1994 made her take a break from her career. When Capriati turned 18, she moved out of her parents’ home into her own apartment. She was arrested in Florida along with her two friends for possession of drugs. On investigation, her friends told the police that she had been taking drugs for the past year. It was a pressure on her, as it has been a teen sensation that turned her towards drugs.

This was a big set-back for Jennifer Capriati however; she joined a rehabilitation centre and soon came back to the tennis world. In November 1994, she played in a tournament but was knocked out in the first round. She took a 15 months break and returned. She gained her first title six years after this incident. She took back her top ranking in 2001. She has been a constant victim of injuries since 2003 after being knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open. She issued a statement in 2007 that she was determined to make a comeback to international tennis.

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