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Capriati: 'What's Title IX?'

NEW YORK (AP) - Ask Jennifer Capriati about Title IX, and she'd rather talk about tennis.
After her 6-4, 6-2 victory Thursday over Tina Pisnik at the U.S. Open, Capriati was asked the usual questions about her opponent, the match and her game.

Then someone threw a curveball.

``President Bush has been holding town meetings across the country about Title XI,'' the reporter said. ``He's considering changing this important legislation that's helped women get involved in sports. If you could say something to President Bush, what would you say?''

The 26-year-old Capriati's reply was a stunner.

``I have no idea what Title IX is,'' she said. ``Sorry.''

Donna LoPiano, executive director of the Women's Sports Foundation, wasn't shocked that Capriati knew nothing about the federal legislation mandating equal opportunity for women in college sports. The law marked its 30th anniversary last month.

``It doesn't surprise me,'' LoPiano said. ``So many of this generation of tennis players never played in college. They started young. They never played in the Title IX construct. They never ran into it.

``Any athletes who didn't come through the school system, I'd be shocked if they knew about Title IX. She's been totally sheltered from the issues for a long time.''

Chris De Maria, a spokesman for the WTA Tour, said players had been given a one-page handout on the history of Title IX and ``what it means to you as a tennis player,'' as part of a continuing distribution of information on current events or issues.

``Obviously, with the 30th anniversary, we felt it was something that could come up for discussion,'' De Maria said. ``With Title IX, you're dealing with young players who might not be aware of it.''

LoPiano thought that was the case with Capriati.

``They are all consumed with appearances, competitions and travel, and they've never focused on it,'' she said. ``Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert have served on our board. When they go beyond tennis and get involved, they all of a sudden come out of their cocoons.''

Capriati said she was aware of the role played by women's tennis pioneer Billie Jean King in the women's sports movement but that she had never had ``an in-depth'' conversation with King about the issue.

``They've done a lot of things to get us on board,'' Capriatti said. ``I know that and I definitely respect that. You know, they just started it and we're here to continue it.''

Lindsay Davenport - who, like Capriati, turned pro as a teen-ager - called Title IX a huge step to give women equality in collegiate sports. She also noted the recent controversy in which quota aspects of the legislation were blamed for cutbacks in men's sports.

``I don't like the (law) when it forces other men's sports in colleges to shut down because they don't have the money to keep programs going,'' Davenport said. ``I don't think that's what it's for.

``You definitely want women to get as many opportunities as they can in college sports. They probably could tweak the rule a little bit, but I think overall the idea was to promote women's sports. It's been great. In some areas maybe it could be changed a little.''

In June, education secretary Rod Paige told a Senate committee that a panel of sports professionals and educators will examine ways to improve Title IX.

The Commission on Opportunity in Athletics is being formed in the wake of a lawsuit that argues that the law helps women's sports at the expense of programs for men.

The 15-member commission will be headed by Cynthia Cooper, former WNBA player and coach, and Ted Leland, director of athletics at Stanford University. The commission will submit recommendations to Paige by Jan. 31.





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unfortunate indeed but I fear that she is not alone.
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She ain't no law student so nothing big if she know nothin' 'bout it!
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This is the first I've heard of this piece of legislation. Not surprised about it; it's Bush World and things are steadily declining...
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Dammit, Infiniti2001, stop picking on poor Capriati.!
You apparently had a very good formal education, are well read and possess some class.

Jenn has no time to be weighed down by these useless skills and does not know what just about every female athlete in America is aware of about this issue.

Infiniti, stop badgering Jenn by expecting her to be a bright and classy athlete.
Let her be her own person.

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Ok ok...just shaking my friggin head again. Remembering that Mensa material she ain't.
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Maybe we should ask all the female tennis players than.

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Oh come on. The only reason I know about it is because they had a feature on it on TV.

I'd cut her some slack on this one.
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Yeah, don't pick on her. I didn't know about Title IX until I got to college, which was only a few years ago.
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She is a female athlete. If not for title 9 females would have little to no opportunity to be involved in athletics.

It's like Americans of African descent not know about the civil rights movement or women no knowing what sufferage is.

She is a bleeping idiot...but I think the press realizes this, it's like kicking a 3-legged dog.
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Just heard about title IX as well through a TV show, and I am the same age as Capriati. I know she's in women's athletics, but she is definitely not one to care a whole lot about the details of something like that. Whether that's good or bad...I don't know. She's just trying to win some matches now. I hate when they ask these kinds of questions, especially knowing what kind of answer they will probably get.
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To be honest why would Jennifer Capriati be expected to know what it is. If she had ever been a college athlete that would be different, but title lX, has nothing to do with pro athletics, she has no reason to know or really care about it. Most WTA players probably have no idea what title lX is since it has been a non factor in there lives. I can almost assure you no foreign player has any idea what it is. I have to disagree that without title lX there would be no female athletics, title lX has done nothing for the majority of pro tennis players including Jennifer Capriati so why should she care about it.
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Q. Obviously you chose not to go to college, but you and your mother have been close to sports development and sports issues over the years. President Bush is having a series of town hall meetings to discuss possible revisions on Title IX. If you could make any comments to the president about that, what would your thoughts be?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, I mean, Title IX was a huge step I think all those years ago to try and give obviously women equality in collegiate sports. I think the idea behind it is a great one.
I don't like the sport when it forces other men's sports in colleges to shut down because they don't have the money to keep programs going. I don't think that's what it's for.
You know, you definitely want women to get as many opportunities as they can in college sports. But, you know, I know in tennis, I think men either three and a half or four and a half, I'm not sure on that, the women it's eight or nine. It's a huge discrepancy. Obviously, football, there's much more. They probably could tweak the rule a little bit, but I think overall the idea was to promote women's sports. It's been great. In some areas, maybe it could be changed a little.

Q. Have you had any discussions with the Leach family?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Oh, many. I know all about it. CoachLeach is not a big fan of it. But I've defended the women as best I can. But he's tough (laughter).

Q. In a nutshell, without taking the next half hour, what does he say?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I mean, it's frustrating to him when you run a men's collegiate team. Like I said, he only has three and a half or four and a half to work with. Guys are just dying to go to Stanford. Then like the women there get eight scholarships. They don't even play because only six singles players play. In that regard, he's not a big fan. But I think he's coming around in women's sports. He's becoming a bigger fan.


Q. Jennifer was just asked about Title IX. She hadn't heard of it. Some of us were a little surprised by that. Does that just talk about a tunnel vision some players get into? You've obviously been around the college game.

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I mean, a little bit surprising. But I don't think in her plan ever growing up, ever along her career path, did college ever really enter her focus. I don't know if that's the reason why or if she doesn't quite understand the movement that women's sports took all those years ago. I have no idea.

Q. Have you ever talked to Billie Jean about that?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, many Fed Cups about that, as well.

Q. What's the most important thing you've gleaned from her?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Billie is the most pro-women's sports believer that could possibly exist, tries to drill into our brains how important it is for women's equal rights, for women to have opportunities to play, how when she was growing up that women's sports didn't exist. It was really wrong for a woman to want to be an athlete or a little girl to want to be an athlete, and how lucky we are, especially in our sport, that we can make a living from it. All these other sports, she's going nuts, you can be a pro-women's basketball player, or soccer player, all these opportunities she didn't have growing up.
I have learned how lucky we are because of her and all the others in the '70s, we can make such a great living off this sport, how hopefully in another few years, my kids, other little girls, will want to be a pro athlete just like little boys.

Q. Do you think there's anything the WTA or players on tour can do to advance that in any way, or do you feel it's a matter of playing your game, do your best?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, it's always a never-ending battle to try and grow it. Right now women's tennis is as hot as it can be. I think what can really help is when there's a group of players, more than just one or two, that other little girls can relate to, so you're not forced to choose between Steffi or Monica. Now you have one of the Williamses, Anna, myself, Monica, Jennifer. You can try and follow the path of a lot of different players.
But, I mean, the main thing is to always try and give back. It gets very tiring always playing tournaments. Certainly we don't always put forth our best effort. For the most part, I think the girls are pretty aware of the importance of 20 years from now what's going to happen to women's tennis, maybe not as focused as Billie Jean was in the '70s, but hopefully we'll get back to that kind of feeling, we need to keep growing it for other people, as well.

Q. The WTA gave me this and said that it's a form on Title IX. It says it was handed to all the tennis players a couple weeks ago. Did you see it?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I have not received that yet, no. I'm sorry.
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Just another cheap shot at Jenn... cheaper by the dozen.
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