Her is the link http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/features/2001/sportsman/contenders/capriati/
At an age when many professional tennis players start contemplating retirement, Jennifer Capriati mounted one of the most impressive comebacks in the history of the game. In 2001, the 25-year-old Florida native proved she could still compete at an elite level by winning the year's first two majors and reaching the semifinals of its second two. For Capriati -- who turned pro at 13 and dropped off the tour four years later because of drug and personal problems -- simply playing tennis again would have been a significant feat. Capriati's resurgence began in January when she arrived at the Australian Open in peak condition and stunned top seed Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3 to win her first career Grand Slam title. Proving her performance Down Under was no fluke, in early June Capriati survived a showdown with Kim Clijsters in the French Open final to become the first American woman since Chris Evert in 1986 to win in Paris. At Wimbledon, Capriati tore through the opening rounds, riding a 19-match Grand Slam win streak into her semifinals faceoff against Justine Henin. Though the Belgian teenager rallied to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 and end Capriati's bid for a Slam sweep, Capriati used the energy and competitive drive she had been fueled by all year to reach her first U.S. Open semifinals in a decade. After jumping out to a 4-1 first-set lead against eventual champion Venus Williams, Capriati faded and ultimately lost 6-4, 6-2. Though disappointed by the defeat, Capriati closed out the 2001 Slam season with a No. 2 world ranking and, more important, renewed confidence, "Dreams do come true," said Capriati. "if you keep believing in yourself."
Oct 2nd, 2001, 09:40 PM
I didn't realise Jen was a 'sportsman'! Somehow I always considered her a sportswoman. Maybe she is on steroids after all... <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">
Oct 2nd, 2001, 11:44 PM
I don't expect she'll get it, as she hasn't really been any more dominant than Venus. Of the nominees, I expect it will come down to Lance Armstrong or Barry Bonds.
Oct 3rd, 2001, 12:17 AM
My money would go on Lance Armstrong. People aren't as endeared with Barry Bonds (why?). And "three-peat" sounds nice. "Grand Slam" sounds nice but it didn't happen...for Capriati.
But the moment for me was when Armstrong waited for Jan Ullrich after Ullrich fell off the road and off some little cliff into some shrubbery.
Then again, we make this big deal about Jennifer Capriati not being THE dominant force in women's tennis this year. But you can say that Lance Armstrong hasn't been the dominant force in men's cycling. They too have a tour and a points system and, correct me if I'm wrong, I don't think Armstrong is leading that race.
Still, there is more of a lustre on winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open than the other two (in America at least).
And in lots of things you read, Capriati's name is hardly mentioned without a paragraph or two about her pot-smoking or shoplifting. Armstrong's stories always include being a Cancer surivivor. You tell me which one is more "feel-good."
Oct 3rd, 2001, 05:51 AM
winning Australia and Roland Garros requires all the skill that winning the other two does.
If gets tiresome hearing people discredit Jenns wins because they didnt "mean" as much as Venus'. Absolute rubbish.
Oct 3rd, 2001, 06:27 AM
she deserves the nomination but I don't see her getting it likewise with Venus. <IMG SRC="smilies/cool.gif" border="0">
Oct 3rd, 2001, 07:03 AM
Becca who in this thread said that Jennifer's two slams didn't mean as much as Venus's? Superhero clearly suggest that they both were dominating in 2001 thus neither one will get the nod. I predict Lance Armstrong <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
Oct 3rd, 2001, 07:29 AM
I predict Ray Bourque or Barry Bonds.
If Bonds gets the record, he is a shoo-in.
Oct 3rd, 2001, 01:12 PM
Gees, Becca, I'm not knocking down Capriati's slams. I'm just pointing out that, at least in America, there's more praise given to Wimbledon and U.S. Open champs. A lot of people here don't even know that there is an Australian or French Open!
Wimbledon gets noticed because no other sporting events are stealing too much of the airtime (except every four years when the World Cup rolls along...but lots of Americans don't care about the World Cup). The Superbowl crowds out the Australian (plus Oz Open coverage is so spotty...possibly because of the time difference). Baseball and the NBA and possible hockey stuff crowds out the French Open. And by the time the U.S. Open comes around, football reappears and the baseball playoff races have heated up.
For my part, if I had to name one surface I love watching them play on more than the others it's clay.
Ray Bourque nominated too, eh? If he won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins he would've had a very good chance. But I'm from Boston so what would you expect from me?
Oct 3rd, 2001, 01:48 PM
Wow,... Jennifer would be delighted if she gets the title.
Anyway,... who is Lance Amstrong? I know Barry Bonds is a Major league baseball player.
But,...have no idea about Lance. Is he an American football player or NHL(ice hockey) player?
I think Jennifer's story was a great comeback in sports history and could be a good sports movie as well. I hope she wins the title. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
Oct 3rd, 2001, 10:05 PM
I was being to snappy to comment of the actual topic on hand earlier....
I think that Jenn is deserving of the nomination ( as would have been Venus, as she was nominated last year wasn't she?). However, I agree with most of you that she likely won't win.
My pick would be Armstrong, but like another already said, if Bonds gets the record, he'll get the title too.
Oct 4th, 2001, 04:26 PM
Congrats to Jen who being nominated for the Sportsman Award of the year!! I am sure Jen is very happy about being nominated!! A nomination is actually a recognition already, doesn't matter if Jen really gets the award eventually or not!! Very happy for Jennifer!! Best Wishes for You, J-CAP!!!
Oct 4th, 2001, 08:55 PM
Hopefully she gets it. Two Slams, and she will almost certainly finish year as #1.
Oct 5th, 2001, 07:52 AM
Its worth noting that Sports Illustrated failed to recognize Steffi Graf in 1988 when she won the GOlden slam, and lost a mere two matches.
Now that Bonds is one away,,, I'm pretty sure its his.
Oct 16th, 2001, 02:29 AM
I THINK THEY COULD OF LET US PICK OUR PLAYERS,OURSELF.WHERE WAS VENUS.?THIS WAS A FIIIIXXXX. null <IMG SRC="smilies/firey.gif" border="0">
Oct 16th, 2001, 06:45 PM
becca that`s because frank deford hates Steffi
Oct 16th, 2001, 06:52 PM
Even though I hate Curseati, she deserves it.
Oct 16th, 2001, 07:24 PM
Irma: thats too bad. I can't imagine anyone else was more dominant in ANY sport that year (if ever). <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">
Caio: Quit being so bitter <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">