Jimmy Evert, an acclaimed tennis instructor and the father of tennis superstar and former child prodigy Chris Evert, lived in nearby Fort Lauderdale, and the Capriatis asked him to begin teaching their daughter.Although Evert initially refused, saying he could not teach such a young child, once he saw her play he immediately changed his mind.
Former pro-tennis player Jennifer Capriati is known for her incredible comeback after several personal struggles.
In 1990 she was the youngest player to ever be ranked in the Women's Tennis Association top ten.
The Capriatis decided to move to Long Island, New York before having kids so that their children would be American citizens.
Family legend holds that Jennifer Capriati began playing tennis while still in the womb.
Upon her arrival at Saddlebrook, Capriati began entering junior tennis competitions and immediately learned she could dominate opponents several years her senior. In her very first match, she dismantled 10-year veteran Mary Lou Daniels in straight sets.
In 1989, at the age of 13, she became the youngest player in history to win the French Open junior title. Later that day, she played her first professional doubles match alongside the 46-year-old tennis legend Billie Jean King.
A year later, in 1991, she reached the semifinals of both Wimbledon and the U. Open, and at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona she defeated Steffi Graf to take home the gold medal.
She was 16 years old, had appeared on the cover of But she was also beginning to feel overwhelmed by the pressures and temptations of being a teenage sports phenomenon. Open that fall, she went on hiatus from the pro tennis tour. In December, she was arrested in a mall for shoplifting a bracelet, and several months later she was arrested again for possession of marijuana.
After less than a year of playing the game -- all before she began kindergarten -- she could sustain long rallies and return balls shot from a ball machine.
When Jennifer Capriati was 4 years old, the family moved to Lauderhill, Florida, so that she could play tennis year round.
Jennifer Capriati is a former professional tennis player, who in 1990 became the youngest player to ever be ranked in the Women's Tennis Association top ten.