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Bonfire
Jul 8th, 2008, 07:34 PM
Well..I'm finally starting to come to terms with the idea that Jennifer is not coming back now that she's 32 and there has been no news about any on court training or future comeback dates. I know that alot of people here still hate her and I can understand why she rubbed some people the wrong way but it seemed like whenever she played a match no matter who she was playing the t.v. ratings would always go up. I know what I think but I was wondering why you guys think Capriati brought alot of interest to the women's tour. (btw...sorry if this post comes off as a fan's indulgent attempt to talk about their most likely retired fave but humor me please;))

Uranium
Jul 8th, 2008, 07:36 PM
She brings controversy and entertaining matches.
USO 2004 QF vs Serena
AO 2002 final, yelling at lines judge

Shepster
Jul 8th, 2008, 07:38 PM
I was wondering why you guys think Capriati brought alot of interest to the women's tour.
Very simple : the prodigious talent, seemingly wasted then revived in a career re-birth. It was a fascinating story which naturally brought intrigue as you'd already conditioned yourself to thinking those moments and that level of play she later achieved had been lost through unfulfilled potential. Made it all the more special.

ladydiana
Jul 8th, 2008, 07:45 PM
I actually liked Jennifer and Serena's matches. They were always filled with drama and the matches were good too.

court70
Jul 8th, 2008, 08:00 PM
Anyone knows what going on with Jen? what is she doing with her life, does she have a 9-5... We don't hear anything about her, no pictures out and about...what's up with that? She was a star.

danieln1
Jul 8th, 2008, 10:41 PM
Yeah Jennifer and Serena´s matches were absolutelly the best, they would play for their life I miss that

Rollo
Jul 8th, 2008, 11:41 PM
Jen is the closest thing women's tennis has had to a Jimmy Connors-type personailty. One either loved or hated Connors, there was no middle ground. Jimbo was a street fighter on court, and JCap is a female warrior wrapped in a Cinderella comeback.

Who can resist Cinderella gone bad?

All that past,passion and personality demand a reaction-whether positive or negative.

teo_honey
Jul 9th, 2008, 10:56 AM
I can't really explain why she became my favourite tennis player. Maybe because she played the first tennis match I have ever watched. But I definitely saw something special in her. The first match was the QF against Serena (who else?) at Wimbledon 2001. She had to come back and fight hard, the tennis was great, she looked pretty and very ambitious, I found her charming smile, so I guess this is what I first liked in her. Only after some time did I find out about her story. At first it bothered me because I was too young to understand, but then I appreciated her even more.

=>Jen brought the best fighting spirit I have ever seen, she never considered herself defeated, controversy and blunt honesty, great tennis and great talent, a beautiful smile, an irresistible story.

Bonfire
Jul 10th, 2008, 02:37 AM
thanks for the great replies!:)

SV_Fan
Jul 10th, 2008, 02:43 AM
hey story in general

Brooklyn90
Jul 10th, 2008, 02:53 AM
Serena and Jennifer matches were so entertaining. I just wish some of their last matches Serena would have won :) Jennifer could push any top player to the brink, no matter what shape she was in.

Harvs
Jul 10th, 2008, 02:55 AM
random... but i swear i walked past her in santa monica last week... it was either her or her twin:)

OsloErik
Jul 10th, 2008, 03:39 AM
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.

OsloErik
Jul 10th, 2008, 03:42 AM
Jen is the closest thing women's tennis has had to a Jimmy Connors-type personailty. One either loved or hated Connors, there was no middle ground. Jimbo was a street fighter on court, and JCap is a female warrior wrapped in a Cinderella comeback.

That's a great way to put it. I don't think any female tennis player played for quite the same reasons, or in quite the same mindset, as Capriati. She viewed it as a death match. The one-on-one aspect of tennis was what she thrived on, and that fueled her personality as well. I think I've heard more commentators refer to her as a gladiator than any other player.

supergrunt
Jul 10th, 2008, 04:50 AM
I do miss her. :sad: The funny New-York attitude she had.

Lindsayfan32
Jul 10th, 2008, 07:00 AM
I was a huge fan of Jennifer's before Lindsay came along and i still am a fan of Jennifer's it shame she couldn't make another comeback but the longer it goes the less likely it will be and it pains me to say that as all the good power hitters are retiring or about to. :)

tommystar
Jul 10th, 2008, 05:44 PM
How many times has she served for the US Open final? 6 times? And got broken every occasion. :(

Rollo
Jul 10th, 2008, 07:31 PM
How many times has she served for the US Open final? 6 times? And got broken every occasion.

Very sad for her fans:sad:. Haven't 3 of her semis ended in a final set tiebreak? Seles, Henin, and Dementieva?

She viewed it as a death match.

Perfect quote OsloErik !!!!!

manu32
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:20 PM
henin was curious with her health in this match.....sorry jenny....

beecharmer
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:37 PM
Don't judge her, she is a nice girl.

John.
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:43 PM
Jenny was awesome.

Gutted she never won the USO

Kart
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:44 PM
Jen is the closest thing women's tennis has had to a Jimmy Connors-type personailty. One either loved or hated Connors, there was no middle ground. Jimbo was a street fighter on court, and JCap is a female warrior wrapped in a Cinderella comeback.
I was going to say that !

I can't think of any female player off the top of my head that it was harder to be indifferent about.

sweetpeas
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:45 PM
Don't judge her, she is a nice girl.

Why,,,,They do it to the other nice girls!

beecharmer
Jul 10th, 2008, 10:05 PM
Jennifer is the nicest girl u know it

A Magicman
Jul 10th, 2008, 10:08 PM
She was one of the cooler ones. For sure.

Bounty Hunter
Jul 10th, 2008, 11:50 PM
I'm actually a fan of Jennifer... loved when her and Serena played :worship: Drama at the highest degree.. :lol:

Love 2003 Miami semifinal...whoo hooo what a match.

I would have love to see them play doubles together :drool:


I miss her already...:hug:

Serenidad.
Jul 11th, 2008, 12:22 AM
I never liked the bitch, but she gave Serena a run for her money.

The closest I came to liking her was reading her 2004 Wimbledon interview after undergoing a dismantling.

Dawn Marie
Jul 11th, 2008, 12:59 AM
Jennifer brought alot of entertainment to the game. I just talked about her last night. I LOVED that stare down she and Venus had. "Jennifer was the one who blinked". This is what Johnny Mac said. I still replay the Ericsson Open with her and Venus Williams. What a match. It's a shame she never beaten Venus.

Seyz
Jul 11th, 2008, 07:02 AM
Capriati definitely had a lot of personality and definitely made a match more interesting when she was up against one of the other top players.
At her prime, she probably would have been able to beat anyone on tour right now except for the Williams and maybe sharapova (she would be about even with them)

OsloErik
Jul 11th, 2008, 09:10 AM
You know what else it was? There was never a sense that Capriati was "nice" off the court, the way that Seles or Davenport seemed. She took every point of every match personally, and there was always a sense that she extended the match mentality off court too. It wasn't that she was beating girls up in the locker room or ice cold to the press. It was just this sense that she was there to win, and wouldn't let little things like friendship get in the way. That's not to say she wasn't a nice person, but she brought an intensity to each match, regardless of whom she played, that isn't in existence today.

plantman
Jul 12th, 2008, 04:26 AM
Jen is the closest thing women's tennis has had to a Jimmy Connors-type personailty. One either loved or hated Connors, there was no middle ground. Jimbo was a street fighter on court, and JCap is a female warrior wrapped in a Cinderella comeback.

Who can resist Cinderella gone bad?

All that past,passion and personality demand a reaction-whether positive or negative.

:yeah:

irma
Jul 12th, 2008, 10:44 AM
You here from some players that they were going mad on court constantly when they were young (Borg,Edberg, Federer and probably a few female players too) and then learn to keep their emotions down in order to concentrate. But Cappy seemed to be the other way around. As far as I remember she wasn't whining ,about people going to the toilet,grunting,baby's or losing a point that was given to her by mistake, when she was young.
But maybe she felt more passion for the game when she was older?

tobe
Jul 12th, 2008, 11:32 AM
those were the days....we need more Jens these days!!!

tommystar
Jul 14th, 2008, 06:23 PM
Very sad for her fans:sad:. Haven't 3 of her semis ended in a final set tiebreak? Seles, Henin, and Dementieva?


Yeah! And as I remember she served for the match twice at all three semis! :(

And she's the last who was closest to the calender GS in 2001 Win OZ / RG till the semi at Wimby.

I hope she's coming back.

Bonfire
Jul 14th, 2008, 08:45 PM
I wish there was more news about her. The last real news seemed to paint a rather sad picture of her fighting depression. Even if her injuries have made her unable to compete at slams anymore....I wish she could be healthy enough to come back and play a couple of exhibitions here and there

Denise4925
Jul 14th, 2008, 10:30 PM
I loved to hate her. ;) I miss the rivarly between she and Serena. It was intense. I'd love to know what she is doing now.

frenchie
Jul 14th, 2008, 10:46 PM
I used to hate her but now I'd like her to comeback!

#1SteffiGraf#1
Jul 14th, 2008, 11:06 PM
I still dont buy the fact that Jcap came back "the right way".

I think something was up with her comeback, and thats why she really never did too many interviews at the time and still doesnt to this day. Something is just weird about that. She says she doesnt trusted the media, I dont believe that. I think it goes deeper.

I still cant get her monstrous tantrums she would throw at the blink of an eye out of my head. Especially the ones she threw against Martina in the 02 Ausy final.

But hey, the fans liked her story and she helped ratings so, whatever.

MrSerenaWilliams
Jul 14th, 2008, 11:35 PM
I loved to hate Jen too :cool:

She was my 3rd favorite player to support behind Serena and Venus. I loved her personality. She was SUCH a bitch :devil: it was FANTASTIC!


I really hope she comes back :sad:

kiwifan
Jul 14th, 2008, 11:42 PM
You here from some players that they were going mad on court constantly when they were young (Borg,Edberg, Federer and probably a few female players too) and then learn to keep their emotions down in order to concentrate. But Cappy seemed to be the other way around. As far as I remember she wasn't whining ,about people going to the toilet,grunting,baby's or losing a point that was given to her by mistake, when she was young.
But maybe she felt more passion for the game when she was older?

When she was young she was under pressure to be America's Sweetheart...

..the next Miss Chris (a fave of mine :hearts: )

But then after "her troubles" there was no point in even trying to sell Oil of Olay as America's Sweetheart, it was time to just be J Cap and kick ass accordingly. :lol: :devil: :lol:

Lulu.
Jul 14th, 2008, 11:44 PM
I do miss her and wish she were still playing, she was always fun to watch. But I have to say that a part of me is kinda glad she isn't because of the trouble she always gave Serena. :lol: