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Jennifer Capriati Biography

Birth Name:
Jennifer Maria Capriati
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Former pro tennis player

Fast Facts

  • Lived in Spain until moving to the Fort Lauderdale area at the age of 4
  • Graced the cover of Sports Illustrated at the age of 13 after making the singles final of her first pro-tennis tournament; became the youngest semifinalist (14) in a Grand Slam event at the 1990 French Open
  • Captured the women's singles gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, defeating Steffi Graf in three sets
  • Left the tennis tour at 17 and played in only one match over the next two years
  • Returned to action in 1996 and worked her way to the top of the tennis world by 2001, when she won back-to-back Grand Slam titles at the Australian and French Opens
  • Ascended to the WTA's No
  • 1 ranking four different times in 2001 and '02, when she won a second consecutive Australian Open
  • Competed in ABC's revival of The Superstars in 2009, five years after injuries forced her to retire from pro tennis


  • Steven Capriati -- Brother
  • Stefano Capriati -- Father
  • Denise Capriati -- Mother