2012-04-19 / News

Capriati inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame

American tennis star and former world No. 1 Jennifer Capriati has been elected to receive the highest honor in the sport of tennis: induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

In addition to her world No. 1 status, Capriati’s successful career featured an Olympic gold medal, three Grand Slam titles, a Fed Cup title with the United States team, and an ability to stage remarkable comebacks. Capriati cracked the world top-10 in 1990, her first season on tour, and in October 2001, she became the Women’s Tennis Association World No. 1, a position she held for a total of 18 weeks.

“I am thrilled to learn that I have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame,” she said. “This is a dream come true and an extraordinary tribute. I love this game and am incredibly honored by the Hall of Fame’s vote. Tennis has been my passion and dedication for my entire life, and to be acknowledged for this passion and dedication is truly icing on the cake.”

Capriati has been elected to the Hall of Fame in the recent player category, and she is the final member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 to be announced.

“Jennifer Capriati had one of the most accomplished and exciting tennis careers in recent years, and she is most deserving of the honor of Hall of Fame election,” said Chris Clouser, chairman of the Hall of Fame. “We look forward to celebrating this achievement with her and her fans.”

Capriati, 36, is originally from New York, N.Y., but she has been a long-time resident of Tampa and West Palm Beach, Fla.

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