Tennis Hall inducts newest members
July 16, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
NEWPORT, Rhode Island -- Jennifer Capriati's tennis career — and her teenage life — took a number of twists and turns.
She started as a teenage prodigy, was later sidetracked with off-court troubles, rebounded to become a three-time Grand Slam champion and, now, her journey is complete with her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Capriati, three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, 1975 U.S. Open champ Manuel Orantes and two others were inducted into the Hall during a 90-minute ceremony on Saturday.
The others were tennis industry executive Mike Davies and wheelchair champion Randy Snow, who was honored posthumously.
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.
Capriati 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,” Capriati said. “This is one milestone I thought I'd never achieve.”
She 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.”
International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Jennifer Capriati, of Tampa, Florida, waves to fans with her plaque during induction ceremonies in Newport, Rhode Island, Saturday, July ...