Re: What was it about Capriati?
Well, for starters she had a huge personality on court. She was a firecracker who wouldn't fall apart even if she had a bad line call. For another, she was a huge media sensation. She wasn't glamorous, but I don't think people who weren't involved in tennis in the early 1990's can understand exactly how huge Capriati was. She was making international headlines at 13, 14 years old. For a player who hadn't yet won a slam, that's pretty remarkable. We were all convinced we were witnessing the next Chris Evert, but with a better serve and younger. And for a lot of people, the memory of that lingered. I wasn't a huge Capriati fan, but I confess I always watched any match of hers that I could, simply because it was interesting to see how she did in the 2000's. And no matter how hard I tried, I always remembered her as that little girl whacking the ball as hard as anyone and tearing apart the game of top, top players. Her Olympic gold medal match remains one of the tennis highlights of my life, seeing live. For a player who didn't have the same looks as Kournikova or Serena or Sharapova, she got as much press at her height, and all the more remarkable because she wasn't winning slams in the early 1990's.