Jennifer Capriati honored with induction in International Tennis Hall of Fame
London, July 15 (ANI): Former world number one tennis player Jennifer Capriati has been honoured with her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport.
According to CBS News, Capriati and several others were inducted into the Hall during a 90-minute ceremony on Saturday.
Retired player Gustavo Kuerten, master player Manuel Orantes, tennis industry executive Mike Davies and wheelchair champion Randy Snow, were also was honored during the ceremony.
In a tear-filled acceptance speech, the 36-year old Capriati remembered her great moments in the game and touched on some of her troubles off the court.apriati was presented by 2009 Hall of Fame inductee Monica Seles.
"I still managed to overcome some adversity, win a Gold Medal, win some Grand Slams and stand at the podium at the Hall of Fame," said Capriati, breaking into tears during her acceptance speech.
"This is one milestone I thought I'd never achieve," she added.he now feels as though her tennis career is fulfilled.
"It's been quite a journey," Capriati said at a morning press conference. "Here, I look back at all those really great things I've accomplished and the achievements I've had and those achievements I overcame."
As a 14-year old, she burst onto the scene fresh out of the eighth grade and reached the semifinals at her first Grand Slam event, the 1990 French Open.
Three years later, drug and other problems sidetracked her life and career. She temporarily dropped off the tour following the 1993 U.S. Open.
Her downturn didn't stop there. She was arrested that year for shoplifting at a Florida mall, and again the next year for marijuana possession. She also spent time in drug rehabilitation in 1994.
"It was tough having to leave the game," she said, cracking a bit with emotion.
"It's like mourning a loved one that's gone and a relationship's that gone, a part of yourself. It wasn't easy, but something that's gone and what you loved to do. (ANI)
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