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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.
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1 ranked player in the world. Hers is one of the most impressive comebacks in sports history, and in 2002 she was honored with the ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete.
Nevertheless, Capriati's comeback ultimately proved short-lived. Her 2003 and 2004 campaigns were plagued by increasingly frequent and severe injuries,
and at the end of the 2004 season a right shoulder injury that two separate surgeries failed to repair forced her into early retirement.
Capriati largely disappeared from public sight for the next six years. She unfortunately plunged back into the spotlight in June 2010 when reports surfaced that she had been checked into Florida hospital due to a prescription drug overdose. While the news rekindled unpleasant memories of her teenage battles against drugs and depression, her family said that the overdose was a simply an accident. Capriati has since made a full recovery.
Capriati has never been married and does not have children.
Whatever its origins, Capriati's 2010 hospital visit prompted an outpouring of support from former mentors, friends and opponents in the tennis world who empathized all too well with her struggles with youth, fame, drugs and injuries. Capriati's childhood idol, Chris Evert, commented, "To have had so much success, highs, adrenaline, focus, attention, adulation on one at such a young age, and then to have it whisked away from under your feet in a nanosecond is debilitating and damaging."
Another former teenage tennis star, Andrea Jaeger, added, "Success insulates you from what's normal. You don't learn skills to cope with ordinary situations." Nevertheless, Capriati's mentor and former doubles partner, Billie Jean King, expressed confidence that Capriati will, like she always has, reemerge from adversity stronger than ever. "She's a fighter on the court and in life," King said of Capriati. "How she plays tennis is pretty revealing about her character."
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