Women’s tennis star Jennifer Capriati, a three-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic gold medalist, has been selected for induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Capriati’s HOF election was announced Friday, joining a 2012 class that includes Gustavo Kuerten, Manuel Orantes, Randy Snow and Mike Davies.
“I am thrilled to learn that I have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame,” Capriati, 36,said in a statement. “This is a dream come true and an extraordinary tribute. 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, who burst on the tennis scene in 1990 as a 13-year-old, ran into trouble off the tennis court in the early part of her career before becoming a top ten women’s tennis mainstay during the early part of last decade.
In 2000, Jennifer helped lead the US Fed Cup team to the title and became World No. 1 in October 2001, staying on top for 18 weeks. In 2001, she also won the Australian Open, the French Open and was selected as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.
Watch the highlights from Jennifer Capriati’s amazing win over top ranked Monica Seles in the 2001 Australian Open below:
Jennifer Capriati retired in 2004 with a career record of 430-176, having won 14 career single titles and 1 doubles titles.
Her International Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for July 14 in Newport, Rhode Island.
”We are delighted to hear the news that Jennifer Capriati has been elected to the Hall of Fame,” said WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster said in a statement. “She indeed is one of our greatest players, known for her remarkable success and powerful style of play. Jennifer worked hard and fought hard. Congratulations to her on an honor well deserved.”
via CBS Sports