- Country: United States
- Residence: Wesley Chapel, Florida, U.S.
- Born: March 29, 1976 (age 36)
- City: New York City
- Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
- Weight: 160 lb (73 kg)
- Turned pro: March 5, 1990
- Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
- Career prize money: $10,206,639
Jennifer Marie Capriati was born on March 29th, 1976 is a former world number one ranked professional tennis player and the winner of three women’s singles championships in Grand Slam tournaments.
Jennifer Marie Capriati made her professional debut in 1990 at the age of only 13 years 11 months when she reached the finals of her first-ever hard court tournament in Boca Raton, Florida, losing there to Gabriela Sabatini.
Capriati reached the semi-finals of the French Open in her debut championship and later became the youngest ever tennis player to crack into the top 10 rankings at age of only 14 years, 235 days in October of that year.
Between 1990 and 1993, Capriati won 6 singles titles, including a Gold Medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, defeating Steffi Graf in the finals. Following a first-round loss at the 1993 U.S.
Open championships, the burned-out Capriati took a fourteen-month break from competitive tennis. Her struggles during that time including arrests for shoplifting and possession of marijuana were well-documented by the press.
In 1998, Capriati won her first-ever Grand Slam singles match in nearly 5 years at Wimbledon. During the next two years, Capriati slowly began to come into championship form, winning her first title in nearly 6 years in Strasbourg, France in 1999 and regaining a spot in the top 20 rankings.
At the 2001 Australian Open championships, the reinvigorated Capriati became the lowest seed to ever win a championship game when she defeated Martina Hingis (ranked number one in the world at the time) in straight sets for her first Grand Slam championship.
She also won the French Open championship that same year, claiming the number one spot in October. After successfully, defending her Australian Open crown in 2002, Capriati became a top 10 mainstays until injuries derailed her career in the year 2004. Capriati during her career won 14 professional singles tournaments, along with one women’s doubles championship.
In 2005, Tennis magazine ranked Capriati number thirty-six in its list of the 40 greatest players of all -in the 40 years of that magazine. On April 13th, 2012, it was announced that Capriati was inducted into the 2012 class of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
■ Career record W (430) – L (176)
■ Career titles 14
■ Highest ranking No. 1 (October 15, 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
■ Australian Open Won (2001, 2002)
■ French Open Won (2001)
■ Wimbledon Semi-Final (1991, 2001)
■ US Open Semi-Final (1991, 2001, 2003, 2004)
■ Olympic Games Gold medals: Gold medal (1992)
■ Career record 66–50
■ Career titles 1
■ Highest ranking No. 28 (March 2, 1992)