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UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION

1992 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Flushing Meadows, New York, NY

September 1, 1992

J. CAPRIATI/N. Muns-Jagerman
7-6, 6-2

INTERVIEW WITH

JENNIFER CAPRIATI

Q. Jennifer, what were your thoughts when Nicole was serving for the first set?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I didn't really want to think that she was serving for the first set. I just tried to take point by point, you know, game by game, and maybe I could make a comeback there, but I just -- really tried to pick up a level there, and got more intense and I concentrated a little better.


Q. Didn't you have some slow starts, last week, also in San Diego?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. It is like the story of my life.


Q. Do you think it is maybe the same reason that it happened today or is it just such a different tournament that it may be different?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think that it is different today because I wasn't really used to the conditions. It was real windy out there; I am not really a wind player, you know. It is the center court and it is a little noisier than other stadiums. It adjust takes getting used to.

Q. What turned it around when it was 5-1? Could you describe how things changed?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I just got more intense, and just tried to focus a little better, and you know, concentrate more.

Q. How much trouble did you feel like you were in, in that first set? Did you feel like at every point, well, I can still come back and win it or did you ever think --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, I thought I was in a lot of trouble, you know. Of course, I said to myself, you can come back. There is still another set for you. I just tried to take it slow and concentrated on every point.

Q. You actually talk to yourself you tell yourself, like, you know, concentrate on this point, or make sure about your forehand or something or are you not talking to yourself?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I do. Sometimes I don't, outloud but I am saying it to myself.

Q. What kind of stuff were you going through today? Like at 5-1, what was the thought there?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I was just thinking just to really stay calm, and it is okay, just take it point by point, and concentrate and not -- and cut down on the errors. I didn't think I was going for it as much, you know, the whole match; I didn't think I was really going for it, because I thought I was missing a lot and I didn't really feel that comfortable out there hitting out.

Q. Jennifer, could you help -- this year has been obviously up and down for you. I think you started with black nail polish, there were stories about how she is having difficulty growing up and things like that. Can you put this year in perspective as far as your development goes on and off the court?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I am just a normal person and I think everyone goes through, you know, sometimes, and you know, I am fine, and I am really happy with the way things are going, about my tennis right now, and especially these last two months, obviously for the Olympics and stuff and I just think I am playing well.

Q. Was there a moment where things changed for you, this year, where you can just look to a moment where things changed?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I just think, after Rome, actually, you know, I had a bad loss there, and then, after that, I just really started working harder, and I improved in my fitness and stuff and just casual process where I just started to play better.

Q. What did you do different in the second set?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I just -- I think I cut down on the errors, and also she started making more errors. I think she just let down a little. But I think I played a little better the second.

Q. Jennifer, your summers seem to be the time you have played well. What factor does school have to do with it?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't think it is school because up until like two weeks ago, I was making up work.

Q. Really.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. So, I don't know, maybe it is just because it is summer, and you know, I don't have to go, or just kind of have off, the summer, but I don't think it is really that. I don't know why.

Q. You have also talked about the effect that the Olympics experience had on your career. Has tennis been that fun in awhile, the type of tennis you experienced at the Olympics?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, in my short career, I haven't really experienced like being at the Olympics. That was definitely different than playing in a tournament. It was just really something really special for me, like I just had a great time there.

Q. How different? I mean, since we don't play in tournaments, we don't really know your experience.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It is very different. First of all, it is like you are representing your country there. Even though as an individual, the draw, the setup; still, I had that team feeling there, and also it wasn't just tennis, it was you know, you are there with the greatest athletes in the world, and from all over the world, and in the village of course, and just, there. I wasn't just mingling or talking or socializing with other tennis players like you do here in the lounge. It was just, like swimmers and rowers, and people who do track and field.

Q. Who were some of the people that you met that you wanted to meet; that you went out of your way to meet?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Really, you didn't have to go out of your way because everyone is just there, and I would just be in the cafeteria and sit down with some people and there will be somebody great, you know, the greatest athlete. I met a lot of the swimmers like Summer St. Nicholls. I met Jeanette Evans, really great. They are fun.

Q. Did the difficulty of this match today surprise you and do you think it is better for the rest of the tournament for you to have a first tough round match?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't mind an easy match or a hard match.

Maybe first couple of rounds, I'd like it a little easier, but later on, I think a tough match is good. Just kind of get you in the mode, you know, really playing hard tennis and I mean, I didn't know it takes-- I never think it is going to be easy. I always think everyone is good, so, I got to be ready.

Q. Do you approach this Open differently now? I mean, do you feel that you can win this, or did you always believe that you could win a Grand Slam?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I don't always go in there believing that I can win a Grand Slam or any tournament, but this year, I expect more from myself this year; to get pretty far; not even because of how it has been going lately about the Olympics or the win last week; just on how I did last year. You know, from getting that far, last year, just I put it on myself to think, well, if you can do that last year, then why can't you do it this year again.

Q. Has the thought of becoming the youngest ever champion here crossed your mind?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, when people ask me-- when people say that to me, you know, I kind of just think about it, wow, but I really don't think about it.

Q. I mean are you looking for the final?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I am looking for just a couple of more rounds. Yeah, of course I am.

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UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION

1992 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Flushing Meadows, New York, NY

September 2, 1992

J. CAPRIATI/S. Testud

6-2, 6-3

INTERVIEW WITH

JENNIFER CAPRIATI

Q. Jennifer, how did this compare with your first round match? Especially, the first set?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I didn't dig myself in a hole today. And I thought it went all right. I played well sometimes and then -- the whole match I kind of felt a little unfocused; not really playing with a rhythm. So I thought it was an all-right match, I mean, the way I played.

Q. The way the crowd came in late because of the lateness of the Lendl match, did that bother you? The crowd was coming in so late.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I mean, it is -- no.

Q. You lost a service break at the end, I think, or near the end. Were you getting tired, or was she just getting stronger?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, I wasn't getting tired. It just was just hard for me to close that match out. I think I just lost concentration there, and kind of played a little -- a couple of easy shots. It wasn't because I was tired, it was because I wasn't really that focused.

Q. Are you going to stick around to watch J. C.?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know. Probably. I will probably watch him in the lounge. I wouldn't come out.

Q. Thank you

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UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION

1992 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Flushing Meadows, New York, NY

September 4, 1992

P. HY/J. Capriati
7-5, 6-4

INTERVIEW WITH

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Q. What happened, Jennifer?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I think she just -- she played really well. She played unbelievable, and she just played too good for me today, and I didn't think I played that bad. I felt good out there. I felt good coming out. I thought my strokes were solid. You know, some shots I could have taken more advantage. And I could have served more first serves, but bottom line she played too good.

Q. With the big buildup, how well you have played, how disappointing is this kind of loss?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It is pretty disappointing.

Q. I mean, more than that, wasted chance, wasted summer, all the work that you have done to come up with a flat or a bad game like this, tough loss?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, if I look at it that way, but I am just here to try to look at it, well, I had a pretty good summer. You know, Olympics was great. I am playing great -- I guess stuff happens --

Q. Considering the way she played today, Jennifer, how far do you think Patricia can go in the tournament?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Oh, playing the way she did today, I think she can go pretty far. I haven't really looked at the draws. I don't know who is in my draw or whatever, who is coming up, but she has a pretty good chance, to make more upsets, I think.

Q. Jennifer, you have had matches where you had been down and had great comebacks. Was there a point today where you were worried and you though, uh-uh, or where you thought this is "Capriati time," I am down?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I never think of it that way. You can't, because I can't always rely on it like that, you know -- I wasn't ever -- I mean, just the whole match, it was kind of -- it was close. I don't think I ever really fell behind. I think I just missed chances, especially after I broke, twice in the second set and then -- no. How many -- I think it was once. Yeah, it was once. And then once in the first set. And, you know, I lost my serve, but I had chances.

Q. Jennifer, your loss to Seles last year was pretty tough. How do you rate this one, worse, too early in the tournament; how do you see this one compared to last years?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Worse. This is more of a disappointment for me than last year.

Q. Your loss now today and the loss of Martina yesterday, takes out two of the women from the draw who were particularly looked upon as serious threats here on a hot stroke. Does this pretty much open the door for Monica to repeat, do you think?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I think -- well, there is still some other tough -- top players in there. Gaby, Steffi, I think just everyone really has a chance.

Q. Are you in shock that you lost considering how well you had been playing?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: You know, like it took awhile for it to sink in that I won the Olympics and it was so great. It is taking a little while to sink in that I lost. I mean, I just -- just -- it is really -- it is just a major disappointment for me. I don't know if I am shocked. I mean, -- no, I am not really shocked. I mean, it is just disappointing.

Q. Do you think you peaked to early?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I am sorry.

Q. Do you think you peaked too early?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know. You mean where, in the Olympics, at the San Diego?


Q. Right.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think at San Diego, I wasn't playing as well as I was playing in the Olympics, so I really didn't think I peaked there.

Q. Do you think, Jennifer, that Patricia is a much better player than the player you beat the last three years; that her game improved a lot?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: She has always been a tough player for me. Every time I play her I really got to be ready because I know before I got there that she has got -- anything can happen. She is just really a tough player. I think never before when I played her she just played as well. I just think her game is really on today.

Q. Do you think when you look back on the year, or whenever, that this will stand out, unfortunately, more than the Olympics or anything else, all the other winnings that you have done, this kind of disappointment?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No.

Q. Afterwards, when your father came up and embraced you, can you tell us what he said to you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Why? I am not going to tell you.

Q. Jennifer, when will you be going back to school and is that something that you are going to be looking forward to?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I start school September 8 -- yeah, I am looking forward to going, see all my friends again; not really to work.

Q. Looking back at the match, is there anything that you would like to do different?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. The second set when I broke, would have liked to really just go for it. Just really kind of be aggressive in my game and serve better.

Q. Were you nervous at 4-All?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: At 4-All?

Q. In the second, you just broken back to 4-All and then couldn't hold serve?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Right. No. I wasn't nervous.

Q. Do you think, will this make you think again about getting a coach do you think a coach could help you in situations like this?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I was planning to get a coach no matter what happened. I have been playing tournaments and I really haven't had the chance to kind of, you know, scope and see and really trying coaches and whatever. I was planning on it after the Open. But I don't know, I mean it didn't really hurt me not having a coach these couple of months.

Q. Thank you very much.

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1996 THE LIPTON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Key Biscayne, FL

March 21, 1996

JENNIFER CAPRIATI/L. Ghirardi-Rubbi
7-5, 6-1

AN INTERVIEW WITH

JENNIFER CAPRIATI

Q. What was going through your mind in the first set early?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I was just trying to concentrate about my game and just think about that and, you know, not rush into things and just take it slow and, you know, it was going -- I started missing, I just had to adjust a little bit. I was just trying to stay focused.

Q. Were you nervous at all?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, yeah, I was a little nervous.

Q. How come?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, how come?

Q. Yes.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I haven't been playing and I haven't been playing in front of a lot of people and just, I mean, you can't just go right into that and, you know, like it is nothing. I think every human has feelings and gets those jitters and I am only human.

Q. It is good to feel the jitters again, though, Jennifer?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, it was good. It turned out to be good. Yeah, I was having a great time out there. Especially the way the crowd was supporting me and just they were cheering for me and I liked it. It felt good.

Q. It is any different being back here in South Florida? Could you tell that you were in South Florida, other than the temperature?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, yeah, I knew I was in South Florida. It is Lipton.

Q. I mean, the crowd's reaction and all that?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I guess it is sort of my hometown, so, yeah, I guess they supported me more just because of that.

Q. Jennifer, what did you tell yourself when it was Love-5?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I was just like, all right, come on, you know, start -- stop missing and just go for it and just go for it. Just let yourself go and that is it.

Q. How far is your game from where you'd like it to be? Do you feel like it is close or do you feel like you have a long way to go?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think all of it just has to do with playing more and getting back the feeling and the experience, you know, the situations where it is close and, you know, that takes, you know, getting used to again, but I am very pleased with my game. I felt good. I mean, I felt I was really on and I have been-- I played good, you know, when you are hitting the ball well, so I feel really good about it.

Q. Is there a reason -- was it important for you to play down here?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I just thought it would be a great time to start and I have been on, you know, I started in Germany -- I mean, in Europe, and then just decided to play California and this is where I wanted to play next, so.....

Q. When did it strike you that you wanted to be a tennis player again?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, it never -- I mean, I have always had it in my head. I mean, I never thought I was just done, completely done with tennis, and, you know, I just start feeling the desire again, you know, for some time and, you know, I just knew that it was inside me and it is what I do best and I wasn't -- I was looking ahead in my life and I wasn't real -- realized I wasn't ready like what am I doing, I am giving up tennis for the rest of my life or I am not ready to give it up and, you know, got a long ways to go.

Q. Jennifer, you are heading into your last week as a teenager, can you kind of reflect what the told adolescence was like?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I went through a lot of emotions and feelings and, you know, pretty fun, crazy time, I mean, just being a teenager.

Q. Do you feel more grown up now?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I am getting old, yeah (AUDIENCE LAUGHTER).

Q. Jennifer, can you remember the last time that you felt as happy and as good on the court as you did tonight?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It was just -- I mean, of course there was the good times when I played the Olympics; when I won the gold medal and just when I had some -- I mean, that was just a great time.

Q. Was it watching TV, watching matches on TV or seeing Slams, is that -- is that what helped push you back or was there anything specific that pushed you back towards tennis?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, nothing specifically. I just -- I just got to the point where I just -- it is what I wanted and I wanted to do what I do and come back and play tennis. It feels great.

Q. Did you watch it when you were away?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Not a whole lot, no. Just -- I mean, I wasn't like, you know, didn't watch every time it came on, just when I happened to see it.

Q. Jennifer, what do you get from tennis that you don't get from anything else?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: The satisfaction of working really hard at something and seeing the results of what you have been working at. You know, it is an expression. It is a release of yourself. It is just -- I mean, there is nothing like ripping a backhand down the line. I mean, it is -- you know, it is-- I'm a competitive person. It feels good to be in that competitive situation.

Q. Even though it is early, do you have any thoughts or hopes about possibly retaining your gold medal?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I am going -- it will be great to play and go for it. If I play enough tournaments and I guess, you know, I need a ranking and all that. If I do well and I would be able to play, I'd love to play.

Q. Was your father here tonight?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yes. Of course.

Q. Do you think you are going to enjoy this more? Do you think you can enjoy it now that you are older than when you were younger?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: This is just what I want to do now. This is where I am at in my life. This is the stage I am at, and, you know, I can have fun with anything I do and, of course, this can be a great life and very fun.

Q. Jennifer, were you always sure this is what you wanted to do?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: What do you mean? Like, from --

Q. When you were 15, 16, were you sure you wanted to be a tennis player? Did you appreciate it as much as maybe you do now?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, I can't really say. I mean, I didn't, you know, then -- I mean, now -- I don't know, just happy to be back and just --

Q. Jennifer, if you to do it over, would you rather have started at 17 or 18 instead of 14?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, I don't know. You can't always look back in the past. I mean, you can't look at what you should have done or what would have been better. Just got to live in the now.

Q. Jennifer, were you apprehensive at all how South Florida -- how the public received you out there?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I was just, you know, I didn't really think about that. I wasn't nervous about that or just, you know, I felt the vibes were good, so.....

Q. At Love-5, how sure were you, if you were sure at all, that could you win tonight?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I got to take it point by point and not look ahead really.

Q. You seemed a lot more guarded about what you tell the media now than when you were when you were 15, 16. Are you a little more guarded about your private life now and talking to the media in general?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I think there is a private life and there is the side that you guys, you know, should know I should talk about. So I mean, what is there to tell about my private life?

Q. Talk again -- initial feelings coming out on the court again tonight and the jitters and all that?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I was just nervous and just I just, you know, I was still wanted to stay confident and I was just pumped up and psyched to play and, you know, I knew that I could do it and that I can play. Then I was just -- I was fine. I just got into the groove.

Q. Who is here for you today, in your entourage, people, friends?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Just my family. Family and friends.

Q. Mom, dad, brother?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, my whole family.

Q. Do you think the crowd was pulling for you? Do you feel it was your crowd?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I felt, you know, the support from them a lot.

Q. Do you think that was just because of tennis Jennifer or do you think they are pulling you for a person or for other reasons as well?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, it has to do all -- it is one, isn't it?

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1996 THE LIPTON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Key Biscayne, FL

March 23, 1996

JENNIFER CAPRIATI/E. Likhovtseva

7-6(5), 6-4

AN INTERVIEW WITH
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Q. How did you feel out there today?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I feel pretty good.

Q. First set?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, it was pretty close, you know, I felt that I had to play well, you know, because she was playing well and, you know, I think at the important points, you know, I should have done more of that, concentrate on more of the close points and I didn't concentrate as well as I would have liked to, but, you know, I pulled it out.

Q. Do you think that comes with more match practice from being away for so long, just getting your concentration back?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I suppose.

Q. Jennifer, you gotta lot of support out there, particularly at the end there. What kind of feeling does that give you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It was great, you know, it really lifted me up and, you know, just lifted my whole game up, you know, it just really helps me a lot in that way, you know, it just gets me up, gets me going, you know.

Q. Did you feel more comfortable today, not quite as nervous as you did in your first match the other night?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I mean it was a little different, I had to adjust because I played the night match and it was the day match, you know, it was a little different, but, you know, I wasn't as nervous.

Q. Going back to that crowd, do you let it sink in? Do you kind of tune it out until the very end? How does that affect you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, I definitely hear them when they roar, I hear it, you know.

Q. But is it hard to tune it out, are you concentrating on your game?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, I'm not -- I'm still concentrating on my game, it's just, you know, I hear them cheering instead of anything else. You know, other than that, I don't hear anything.

Q. What about after the match when they gave you that big ovation, does that kind of give you chills, I mean, when you are standing there and hear that from the crowd?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, it felt really great. It was great.

Q. Jennifer, when you first came in to play pro tennis, a lot of pressure was pinned on you being the next American hope. Do you feel that now on your turn there are more American women who are breaking into the top ten and really --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I think there are a lot of players out there now, you know, a lot of upcoming players, you know, that are just --

Q. Do you feel there are more American women who are in the public eye than maybe before than when you were playing?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I feel there were a lot of American women, a lot more, definitely.

Q. When you first came in, did you feel like there was a lot of pressure on you to be the next American, you know, I mean -- because you were American and because there weren't American women dominating, a lot of them were retiring at that point?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, I really didn't put that pressure on myself, you know. I just didn't think of that. I just -- that's not the way I did it. That's not the way I played, you know. I was just playing for myself and just playing.

Q. Is it nice to know Chanda Rubin is there and Lindsay Davenport is coming up?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think there are a lot more. I think there is depth in the game.

Q. What do you think your game is compared to when you were at the top before you left the tour? I mean, how close are you, do you think?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, it is a little different. I feel just like I'm -- it's not so much baby tennis any more, you know, I just feel like stronger, older and just, you know, I just feel, you know, really strong with my game, you know. I don't know, I just feel like, you know, I'm really happy with the way I'm --

Q. Can you put a percentage on the action of this gentleman's question, percentage of where you are compared to where you were, 70, 80 percent of your form --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I think -- I think hopefully with more matchplay, you know, more experience being out there the better I'll get, but, you know, I think I'm at like, I don't know, at least 80, if you want a percentage, 80 percent of my game, I don't know. 100 percent, I don't know.

Q. Are there shots that you felt you would have gotten in the past that you aren't reaching yet because you are not, you know, haven't gotten to that level? I might have been able to get that before, or is it -- is the past so much of a past that you are only thinking about --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, a little bit. There are some shots, then there are also some shots that are better than then they were before.

Q. Which are? What do you feel is better now?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know, I mean, I'd say -- I feel more aggressive, I feel like I just can come -- I feel more comfortable coming to the net. I remember I didn't -- I always wanted myself to do that more and I'm just, you know, I just feel more comfortable with that, just more of attacking style.

Q. It does seem like you actually are more comfortable coming in. Did you work on that specifically or is it just something that came with strength and time? I mean, when you were off and started thinking about coming back, did you actually work on that much?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I mean -- no, I just -- I just wanted to work on all parts of my game and really just have no fear, you know, have no fear and just be able to do anything, you know, whatever is the best way that is going to make you win.

Q. Are you looking for a coach to travel with you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Right now, no. I am not thinking of that.

Q. I might have missed one thing which was, in Indian Wells you were having a little problem with your ball toss; is that right, or no, I mean --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, it was just -- I think everything was just a little off and, you know, it is just all about getting the feeling back.

Q. It doesn't seem like you were having any problem --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It is just getting the feeling back, you know, there's just -- I think serve and, you know, return, or, you know, you know, maybe the hardest to get back and so just because it's, you know, so technical, you know, after a long time, you know.

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1996 THE LIPTON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Key Biscayne, FL

March 24, 1996

J. CAPRIATI/A. Coetzer

6-4, 0-6, 6-1
AN INTERVIEW WITH
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Q. How happy are you tonight?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I'm very happy, very excited.

Q. Did you think it had slipped away in the second set?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I never think that way on the court. I just always take it point by point and, you know, never say, you know, you're out of it until you're out of it.

Q. You got off to such a quick start. Were you surprised at all?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I just, you know, wanted to keep it going that way.

Q. What was your impression of her before you played today? I know you've played her before.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. Well, I know she's been playing well lately. She's a very tough player because she's very quick. I just knew that, you know, I had to be ready to go for every ball, just be ready to stay out there, you know, because she's a very consistent and solid player. I mean, she just doesn't give it to you, so --

Q. Is she a player you can benchmark your performance by, you can rate yourself?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, it just shows a lot to me that I'm just playing well, you know, I can do well enough to beat someone like her.

Q. How significant was it to beat the No. 10 player in a tournament of this stature? Was this a pretty significant milestone in your comeback?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, it feels great, you know, to beat someone ranked like her. I'm very happy that I could do it.

Q. Jennifer, Gaby is next. Do you want to talk about that? You haven't played her in a while, too. What do you think you're going to do?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, I'm looking forward to it. I haven't played her in a while.

Q. Any special game plan?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I really haven't thought about it that much yet, that far.

Q. What did you feel like was clicking for you today?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, you know, I was making a lot of errors in the second set. Really what you've got to do when you play someone like her is, you know, be willing to do whatever it takes, be willing to be out there all day. You know, I have to know not when to go for it and know when to go for it. You know, I just was able to just cut down on errors and just, you know, just play well when I needed to.

Q. Do you think the lapse, you also had one in your earlier match, is that, you know, just lack of match experience where your concentration might wander?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know. I can't really explain it. I just do whatever it takes.

Q. Do you feel you're as fit as you've ever been or is it still coming back?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, I feel like I am in the best shape that I've ever been, but it's different training and practice. You can still work really hard in practice, but it's not the same intensity as it is playing a match, you know, because every point you're giving it all you've got. Still in that sense, you know, I'm still getting back to that, being able to do that.

Q. The adrenaline takes a little more out of you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Not when it's going, but afterwards.

Q. Unforced errors, what was your biggest problems there? Was it hitting the ball long?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Just missing them, you know, just errors. It was like a little bit difficult with the change of light and just, you know, the shade, got darker, lights had to come on.

Q. Did you do anything to adjust in the third?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I just stopped, you know, trying to make -- I mean, I stopped, you know, trying to make the errors and, you know, not go for it as much as I was because that was what was making me make the errors, I think.

Q. It seemed when you started going to the net early in the third, that was working.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I think I wasn't doing that enough. When you're doing something that's not working, you know, you've got to do something else that maybe is going to work for you.

Q. Off the game for a moment, Jennifer. Have you been following the media coverage of you since your comeback, and if so, do you have any comments about it? Answer, assuming you're among friends.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I just -- I don't read anything, I don't pay attention to anything. So, no. No comment.

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Key Biscayne, FL

March 25, 1996

G. SABATINI/J. Capriati
6-1, 6-4

AN INTERVIEW WITH
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Q. What happened to your feet?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Oh, my feet? Not really blisters, just something with my toes.

Q. Did it bother you in the last of the game?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, you know, like everything, you have something, if it's too painful, you just don't play. Other than that, you know, you just play with it, nothing bad, serious.

Q. What did it feel like to be back out there again, a big name player? Must have felt pretty nice?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. Just like old times.

Q. Have a little trouble with the slice and spin out there today?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: A little bit. You know, I haven't played her in a long time. I mean, she hits it so well. It was just a little difficult because she was just hitting it so well. You know, I guess it makes me realize more things I have trouble with still; what to work on; how to adjust to that.

Q. Compared to previous matches, were you more nervous or exactly the same or less?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, every match is different, you know. You know, I think I could have done a little bit better, but still I feel like I had a great tournament, a great time, so I'm very happy with myself and with everything.

Q. Where are you playing next?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, right now I haven't really made like a schedule to attend any upcoming tournaments. I haven't done any of that yet, so I don't know.

Q. What are you considering?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, nothing right now. I mean, I've played kind of like, you know, a few tournaments right in a row. Right now I just want to -- I don't want to push it to go too many tournaments in a row. We'll just have to see how it goes.

Q. Was it your idea to play a full schedule at some point? What are your thoughts looking down the road? What are you considering in terms of not playing that much or playing a lot?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: As far as right now, I feel like I'm back, so I'm back. All the tournaments are coming back, I'm ready to play, so I'm go ahead and play.

Q. Do you see yourself playing any of the slams this year? You don't know yet?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't -- I mean, I would love to, if all goes well.

Q. Have you received tons of wild cards from tournament organizers yet or not?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, you guys should know about that.

Q. Proposals or not? Like playing Rome, have you been asked to play Rome, for instance?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, I haven't thought about that, had anything to do with that right now. Right now I'm concentrating on my playing.

Q. What color are your nails?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Blue. Not purple. Blue.

Q. I thought you didn't read the articles.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Somebody told me.

Q. Jennifer, are you happy with your condition?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Sorry?

Q. Are you happy with your condition?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yes. I mean, the more I play, match play, the better I'll get. I did feel a little bit tired today, but I still feel like I'm in great shape.

Q. When you got back to 5-4 in the second set, did you start having a feeling that maybe you could get through and push it into a third set? Were you having those thoughts?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I felt like I started to really get into it, start to play better, but it just didn't work out that way.

Q. She had the three double-faults in the last game there. Did you have the sense she was tightening up and maybe giving you an opening?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Maybe. I wish I would have took more advantage of it, really tried to close it out from there, you know, maybe just win the second set.

Q. Jennifer, do you sense that you're as popular as you ever were with the fans, maybe even more so?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, I really feel their support a lot, you know. I really feel that they're just happy to see me. Yeah, so I guess they're happy for me.

Q. Does that surprise you, given all you've been through?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Surprise me?

Q. Yes. Does that surprise you that, you know, maybe you expected some negative feedback after things you've been through or whatever? Does it surprise you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No., no, because -- I mean, well, I haven't had any bad relation to the public, you know, it's always been positive with them. I've never gotten any negativeness from, you know, my fans and from the public.

Q. Will Wimbledon feature in your plans this year?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean, you know, like I said before, if all goes well, you know, I'm ready to start playing. I mean, I'm back, so......

Q. What do you think is missing? I mean, you said this match showed you some things you have to work on. What do you think's missing?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I think just matchplay; just experience just from, you know, when it gets to the top players, their level. I mean, just all different kinds of games. For me to be able to play well against them, you know.

Q. Jennifer, you've had to overcome a lot of obstacles. What has been the hardest part of getting your personal life back together?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I haven't had any obstacles, it's just -- it's my personal life. Right now, you know, I'm just back and this is what I want to do. I'm just here to play tennis right now.

Q. What is the biggest problem now? I mean, to face the press, to play tennis, depends on the opponents? What is the most difficult part that you have to face, the one that you feel more?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, it's not -- as long as I have the support of my family and my friends close to me, that's all that counts. I mean, really nothing's that difficult.

Q. Nothing worries you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: You know, it's all part of it. You know, nothing's going to stop me from doing what I want to do, so.

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STATE FARM EVERT CUP'96

Indian Wells, CA

March 12, 1996

C. RUBIN/J. Capriati
6-3, 6-3

AN INTERVIEW WITH
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Q. Jennifer how did it feel playing at night? Was it cold or anything?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: A little chilly. Definitely bright out there. Those are some lights.

Q. What did you think the difference was between where her game is at and where yours is at right now?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: First of all, I mean, she has been playing and I haven't and I mean, I came into this tournament, I was playing well. And I don't think I played as well as I would have liked to. I think I forced the error a lot more this match. So I could have done a little better, but still it was a good tournament.

Q. How much are you enjoying being out there? I mean, do you feel that pressure has been taken off your shoulders with all the questions -- "when is Jennifer coming back, when is she going to come back" and the fact that you are now back out there playing?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I haven't been thinking about what everyone has been saying, and what people, like you said, when am I going to come back; when am I going to come back. I have come back when I am ready to come back. I am ready to come back so...

Q. But you are enjoying it?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Oh, yeah, geez, I wouldn't be here if I wasn't enjoying it.

Q. What do you want from your tennis now, Jennifer, what are you looking for?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, it is what I do and I can't give it up, so, you know, I know that I can play well and I want to play and so, you know, just a good part of my life, I want it to be.

Q. Jennifer, was that match any different than any one you played so far in your comeback in terms of she is sort of the same age as you and you're long time rivals, did you feel a more of a need to compete tonight?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, maybe there is a little more tension, but I mean, I just knew she was a good player and, you know, she has been the highest ranked that I played so far. And so that is really just all I was thinking about.

Q. Are you going to set -- are you setting yourself targets or any goals for this year, now that the comeback has gone into full swing?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I just want to get into the groove of playing right now. And so just, you know, taking things step at a time.

Q. And if you had to look ahead to anyone part of 1996, that you really are keen for, really eager for, what would that be?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, obviously, I'd like to get back up to the ranks and, you know, maybe even to the, you know, top 10 or whatever, but I am just going to take one thing at a time and just try to win.

Q. What did you miss about the tennis then and now that you are back, what are you glad that you are back for?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, it is just what I love to do, so, you know, I am glad to be back doing what I love to do and right now that is tennis, and, you know, I am still an athlete and I love the competitiveness and I just had a real determination to come back and start doing my thing again.

Q. What did you miss about it?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I just, you know, said I have -- I had that, so, you know, that is what I am back for.

Q. In this match, Jennifer, you appeared to be coming on a little bit after you got that atrocious line call. Did that kind of spur you on a little bit?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I think what it did was just, you know, I made a few good shots and, you know, the crowd really went wild, and that just got me pumped up.

Q. Been about three years since you played Chanda. Is she a lot different player now or --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I don't remember. (laughter) I mean, she is always, I think, you know, she has always been an attacking style player and she hits the ball very hard and very solid and, you know, I mean, she played well.

Q. Do you feel different each time you step on court or is it now just starting to, you know, flow as it should?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It is not quite to that point yet, so, you know, there is just other things that come into play besides just me playing on the court and, you know, of course, it is -- emotions come into play.

Q. You seem very fitter. Are you doing anything for your conditioning?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I have just been working out really hard and I guess that is what it is. I mean, of course I do off-court training and on-court training, so it has just got me fit.

Q. Jennifer, is your father your coach now?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yes.

Q. Any chance that that could change; that you can get somebody else to coach you or have you not taken it that far yet?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, I am happy with the way things are right now.

Q. Jennifer, what was the problem with your serve tonight?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, you know, I didn't hit it as quite as well as I'd like to hit it. So it really wasn't a weapon. I just got to work more on my serve and just, you know, it is hard to get the same power like I used to have, you know, take a lot of work on your shoulder.

Q. The gold medal was the biggest thing that you won. What would be going through your mind come July the Olympics being in Atlanta?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, if I am up there and to be good enough to play, then that is great, but if not, you know, it is okay that I am not there

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1996 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Flushing Meadows, New York

August 27, 1996

A. ELLWOOD/J. CAPRIATI

6-4, 6-4

An interview with:

JENNIFER CAPRIATI

Q. Jennifer, a lot of shots you were hitting seemed to be a little off. You were hitting them hard, a little long, a little wide. How far off do you feel from your game? Do you feel like you were close.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I feel like my game is just right there, just don't quite have the edge yet. I feel like it's close. Every match is just a great experience for me, win or lose. It's a good learning experience for me, just for my game.

Q. What did you learn today, Jennifer?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Just as far as like my game, you know, I need to learn how to keep more control of my shots, work the point more, play the point more. I guess that's the experience, again, just playing more matches. That's really it.

Q. Do you feel like you have to relearn everything that you did so well three, four years ago? Is it like you're starting all over again, learning how to win a close match like this.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Definitely. It's different. It's not as like automatic, for sure. I would like it to be. I think it's definitely true.

Q. After being away from the Slams for three years, what was it like just being here today and playing? What were your emotions?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, it was great when I was out there. Just the whole energy, just the crowd, just felt really great. It was like, "Yeah, you know, this is what I miss." I miss the competitiveness. Even though my shots were off, I still felt solid. It still felt great playing out there. My game, I still felt like I played good. Just to be able to do that, with the crowd and everything, you know, just couldn't pull it out.

Q. What kind of expectations did you have coming in here? Seems like from the way you feel now, you knew maybe you -- what did you expect?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I didn't put any expectations on myself, any pressure to win every match or whatever. I am disappointed because I would have liked to get through a few matches at least. You know, I just didn't put any expectations on myself really.

Q. Before you started this come back, did you have to think mentally, it's not going to be a sprint, it's not going to be immediately, it's going to be a marathon, going to take some time.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I really couldn't think that before. I didn't know what it would feel like. You have to take it as it comes really, just see how it goes. I mean, I didn't really know what it was going to be like. As far as the way I was playing, couldn't really tell.

Q. Is tennis more fun now, and, if so, why this time around?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, this is what I want to be doing right now. I'm just getting back to the game I love. It's what I want to be doing. I'm not going to take it too seriously or anything, just have fun with it. This is just what I want to be doing right now.

Q. Any time today out there when you were playing her, did you ever think that three or four or five years ago you probably would have beaten this woman, your opponent, very easily? Did that frustrate you? Did you think at all like that?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, no. I don't think that's really good to be thinking that anyways, you know. Just got to stay in the now, stay positive.

Q. Have you changed any aspect of your game since coming back, like your service motion?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, I haven't. I just picked up what's come natural to me.

Q. How much more do you expect to play this year or are you scheduled to play, Jennifer?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I haven't like scheduled anything now. Definitely I'll want to be playing and doing tournaments, whatever the tournaments coming up this year, for the end of the year.

Q. About how many, would you say, you're going to want to play if you stay healthy?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know. It's all about staying healthy, too. I don't know, you know.

Q. Ideally where would you like to be at this time next year tennis-wise?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know. That's just way too far down the road to look.

Q. Is that how you're running things now, sort of month by month to see how it goes.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Moment to moment.

Q. You always had a pretty close relationship with your mom and dad. Has it evolved in the last couple of years as you come into your late teens and stuff, are you feeling that your relationship with your mom and dad has evolved, and, if so, in what way?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think they're always going to be my parents and they're always going to be there for me. I need their support. They've given me great support. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here, so.

Q. What advice would you give Martina Hingis or Venus Williams or Anna Kournikova as they start on their career.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: What advice? Just do what they want and have fun.

Q. Jennifer, when you were away from the game, was there ever a point where you thought you would not make it back to playing Grand Slam tennis?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No.

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1997 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Flushing Meadows, New York

August 26, 1997

C. MARTINEZ/J. Capriati

6-1, 6-2

An interview with:

JENNIFER CAPRIATI

Q. Can you talk about the fifth game of the first set where you were trying to break back and went to deuce about six times and you lost. Was that an early turning point?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean, who knows what could have happened if I would have won that game. But I think she had a lot of chances, a lot of games I was ahead. I probably overdid a lot of shots. I mean, it was just, I think, definitely from just lack of play. I mean, there was one ball that I let go and it landed like three feet in the court, you know. So I think, you know, who knows, if I would have won that game. Yeah, it was a pretty long game.

Q. Do you remember the last time you played in that stadium?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Uh-huh.

Q. Was it last year?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. It was the last time I was here before that, which was like, you know, '93 I think.

Q. I was actually thinking of the Seles match. Were you comfortable? Were you comfortable? Did it feel weird?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, I felt really great being out there, especially, you know, from the crowd. I mean, they were great. I mean, I got chills being out there, you know, so it was pretty good.

Q. Jennifer, what is your program from now on?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think I'm just going to keep working hard, just keep trying to get my game back, you know, just train really hard and then try to play a lot more tournaments.

Q. Do you know yet which tournaments you're hoping to play?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I'm not sure about, you know, the upcoming tournaments, the schedule, if I'm going to Europe or not. I mean, I think I'm pretty much going to go play those tournaments.

Q. What were your thoughts when you saw the draw? I mean, I guess there's better people to start with than somebody like Conchita. What did you think?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It really didn't matter to me, either way, if I would have played her or somebody else. I mean, got to play everyone eventually. I mean, I get more psyched up when I play the top-ranked players. It's just like an extra incentive for me.

Q. And did you like the idea of playing in that court? I mean, they've got the new one and everything. That's the old Open. Did you like the idea of being there right away?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Oh, either way. I mean, just wherever I played, you know, was just fine with me. I mean, that's still a great court. You know, that still holds a lot of memories, that court.

Q. Jennifer, how much confidence do you still have in your game right now?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, I don't think I'm just a hundred percent of where, you know, I was when I was at the top of my game, you know, my confidence level. But I think I've been getting better with it. Just also, I mean, I think I lacked in fitness and stamina a lot. You know, that adds to not having like a lot of confidence, too. If you feel great physically, I mean, you feel like you can just, you know, get to a lot more balls, you know, play a lot longer points and stuff. I mean, that's something that I've got to work on. But I really haven't -- I couldn't work out, you know, because of my injury and stuff.

Q. What do you think the crowd was saying to you with the response throughout the match?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think they were just glad I was back there and just it's been too long that I haven't been back there. So I think they just, you know, I was like the major underdog. New Yorkers like the underdog.

Q. Jennifer, there are a lot of young players out there, like Hingis, Kournikova. When you watch them play, do you see bits of yourself in any of them, and if so, how?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Do I see myself?

Q. Do they remind you of yourself when you were that age?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Not really, no. I look at them and I just see them, you know. I don't see myself. There's just a lot of them, you know, a lot of young players.

Q. What do you think of the new age rule?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: The new age rule?

Q. Yes.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Really I'm not like that familiar with it, you know, so I don't really know that much about it.

Q. Do you feel that there's an age that it's too young to be playing on The Tour? That's essentially what they're saying.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, I think it just depends on the individual, you know. It's just, you know, whatever, depends on the person. Everyone's different, so.

Q. Did being out there today make you feel like you used to feel out there, or did it make you feel old?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Old?

Q. Yes.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. It didn't really make me feel old. Everything was just like positive. I was just like happy that I could be there. I mean, it's just taken a lot to get there, so.

Q. How strong are your tennis dreams?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, you know, after everything's been going, like last night, I saw that whole ceremony and everything, the opening, it just like -- it just -- I mean, it was great to see. I wanted, like, so much to be part of something like that. You know, I'm just going to strive to still try to do that, you know, if I can. You know, I just want to reach my full potential and see where that takes me.

Q. But is there still a sort of burning ambition that "One day, I think I can be No. 1, I want to be No. 1," or have you gotten to the point where you think it's going to be a pretty hard battle to achieve what you might have achieved?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, I still think it's going to be hard, but I still think in my mind that, I mean, I can do it. If you put your mind to anything, then I think anything's possible. But it's still going to be hard.


Q. How difficult is the balance? You have a real good mind set of wanting to be patient and returning to the top of your game. Then on the other hand, you're having first-run exiting. How disheartening is that up against your patience level, I guess?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, I think I've just got to still keep positive, don't get discouraged, you know, hopefully if I just get myself in good shape and just, you know, all areas, stay positive, hopefully I'll just get over that hump. Then, you know, if I win one round, just winning one round is going to boost my confidence so much. I still think I can do it, so.

Q. Who is coaching you right now?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Nobody. Just my father.

Q. Are you in Florida or California?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Florida.

Q. Jennifer, what was your strategy today against Conchita?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, you know, obviously I played here a few times. I know she's got that heavy topspin, you know, that slice. The last time I played her was on clay. That's, I think, more of her surface, you know, favors her more. So I thought, you know, I would just be consistent. But, you know, since I'm on hardcourts, use that to my advantage, really try to be aggressive, attack the ball, you know, not let her control me with all that stuff, just be patient.

Q. Did you think you could attack her slice backhand?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean, that's what I tried. Overall, I think I played well. It's just lack of stamina. I was overanxious on a few shots. If I would have just stayed in there a little more, because the games were so close.

Q. Are you considering hiring a full-time coach?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah.

Q. You are?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean, I just -- I've just been kind of waiting for like the right person, you know. To have a good relationship with someone, long commitment with someone, someone that I feel comfortable with. Just that person hasn't come along.

Q. Besides your father, who coached you when you were younger?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, I've had a few coaches. Tom Gullikson was obviously I think the biggest coach that I had, for the longest. I had many good times with him as my coach. Paul McNamee has coached me. There's been a few coaches.

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THE 1997 LIPTON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Key Biscayne, FL

March 22, 1997

V. WILLIAMS/J. Capriati

7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2

An interview with:
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Q. Pretty high quality stuff out there?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean, she hit the ball hard, and I think I played well except I wasn't as aggressive as I should have been in the third set. I just kind of was like not really doing anything with the ball. I mean, she hits the kind of ball, you can't get a lot of rhythm. I don't know. I think it was a good match. I had a lot of opportunity, especially in the first set. I should have closed that out really. I mean, she played well.

Q. Did you like at 5-1 that she picked up the level or did that you let down a little bit?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think she picked up the level. I don't know, maybe that threw me off a little bit, then she got the momentum. I don't know, it's hard when someone gets the momentum. It was just going her way the first set. I mean, I just had my opportunities, though.

Q. Was it fun for you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, it was. I mean, the outcome wasn't good, but it was. I enjoyed being out there, just playing a good match.

Q. How important is it against a player like her to actually play her once to get a fix on what she does, what she does well, for the future?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think it's just as important as anyone, especially when you hear -- I haven't really seen her play at all -- when you hear good things about a player. I mean, of course, you could use that one time just to get the feel, just know how they play. It's different -- you know what you've got to do different for the next time, so you're a little more prepared for the next time.

Q. Does it help more against someone like her than just another girl on the Tour?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, it does. I mean, in my case I'm finding it's the girls that I just don't know that I'm having trouble with. I don't know. The more I play, though, the better I feel I get.

Q. Were you curious about her?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Of course, like anyone would be, you know.

Q. Were you aware of all the hype, that there was a lot of hype around this match? A lot of people were waiting for it.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, of course. I mean, I figured the time would come. I don't really care about that stuff. I don't really think about that stuff. I just go out there and try to play, forget whatever else is going on.

Q. Other champions, used to remark on feeling more pressure against a Tracy Austin, rather than like another phenom. Is that the case with you, when you face having been one yourself, then you face a similar case? Is there any pressure in that situation?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think there can be pressure, if you let it get to you. You can't put the pressure on yourself. You could just start to get in the way of thinking, the way everybody else is thinking about it, this is an ex-phenom playing the current phenom. I just try not to put the pressure on myself.

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1998 PILOT PEN INTERNATIONAL
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT

August 21, 1998

An interview with:

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Q. How do you feel coming into this tournament next week?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I feel really good about my game. I have been at home. I have had time off, but just used that time to rely work hard and I think I feel pretty rested and pretty fresh so -- I feel good.

Q. Have you played a lot of tennis this summer or is this one of the few events using it as a warmup to the Open?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, I think I have played a lot this summer. I mean, I have played more than I have in a while, I think. I just had a couple of tournaments in a row in California and stuff and then, you know, just didn't play the next one because whatever reasons, but -- so I definitely wanted to get something in before the Open, yeah.

Q. What is the strongest part of your game right now?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Right now, I don't know. I think just off the ground I feel pretty solid. I would have to say maybe my power, I don't know.

Q. What is this whole comeback for you been like the last couple of years?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, it has been an up-and-down-road. It is just a matter of finding out what I really want and stuff and I think I have really come to the decision that I really want to be back.

Q. Does it ever cross your mind that you will never be the player you were when you were younger or will be what you wanted to be and does it matter whether you reach that peak again?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think I can be better.

Q. Is there a level that you have decided is acceptable to reach this time around?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Whatever level I can. As far as I go, you know, I don't -- whatever my achievements are or my expectations, that is fast -- as far as I get is as far as I get.

Q. Are you as motivated as you used to be, when you were 14 or 15?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, pretty motivated. I mean, it is just actually trying to get back and stuff, I mean, that has just kept me motivated. Just kind of like a thing trying to -- it is like a challenge, personal challenge for myself.

Q. Do you think the main thing is consistency, the game is there, but it is not there all the time?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I think -- I mean, like now I have started to get more of a consistency now and already I think just started improving already with the consistency. It is just playing and no matter if I have these bad losses or I lose, just to just keep going, just keep going and I am hoping that eventually it will just click in for me. Because I mean, I will never forget when I was 14, 15, that is still me, that is still the same person, I think.

Q. What is different for you this time around on the court, off the court?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Just that I am, I guess I am an adult now. That is really it.

Q. What do you want to get from tennis now at this point?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Just joy. I mean, it is in my blood, so I think I have to play.

Q. Are you getting joy from it now, Jennifer, a lot of joy?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I am.

Q. What gives you -- what is the most fun about being back? What gives you the most joy when you are on the court?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think just, I don't know, I can't really explain. It is just something that I love to do and just to know that you are good at something too, you know that -- obviously I guess people -- you wouldn't be here right if like, you know, I wasn't good or something, whatever. So it is just knowing that to have one gift and stuff, to be able to compete, you know, it is just having something, you know, different.

Q. I just want to go back to what I was asking you earlier where you said that whatever level you get to, that is sort of the level you will get to. How have you arrived at a point where that is okay, that whatever you arrive at now is fine and you don't have that itch to do it all or be No. 1 or Top 5?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I mean, I am going to like give it all that I -- I am going to do everything I can to reach my highest level and then just knowing that, I think I will just be happy with that - whatever that may be.

Q. In a year, what could be that?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know.

Q. What could make you happy?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, obviously -- I mean, I think just being No. 1 or whatever, I mean, that would be great. But that is no big deal. I mean, it is a big deal, of course I would love it, you know, just be something that I would love or at least be high, Top 5 or something. But it is okay if I don't.

Q. It is a realistic goal though, you feel good enough about your game right now that you are thinking a Top 5 is possible?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I think it is realistic, but I think just everything has to be right, working right.

Q. Do you have some regrets, a lot of regrets about what has happened to your career over the years and why not?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, I mean, I just think that there is just so much more to me now, you know, I have learned so much. I have experienced so much that, you know, some people don't have it in a lifetime, so I just think, you know, I don't regret it at all because I can do something. I can come from the bottom and try to work my way up to the top again and I think that is just what life is all about.

Q. What is important to you now?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: What is important to me?

Q. Yeah, is tennis No. 1 or what is the most important thing?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Just waking up and being happy.

Q. When you first came up, you were the sole teenager out there. Now there is a bunch of teenagers. It is very high profile now. What is your take on what is going on in the game today?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I sort of get to see, I don't know, how -- from the outside, I guess, how kind of I was treated, I guess. Now I see that a little bit. But I mean, I think it is cool; it is great that there is a lot of good players, you know, I mean, I have said this before like you know they are going to be around for a while unless they are like me or something. (kiddingly) (Laughs) No. (Smiles).

Q. Do you think the field is better now than when you were at your peak?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think it was a lot different. I wouldn't say it is better. I would just say it is different because I mean, like when Steffi and I was playing, I mean, Gaby and, you know, all of them they were at their peak, so, you know, I mean, it was pretty tough.

Q. Talk a little bit about your relationship with Steffi Graf. Obviously you guys have worked out together. She has kind of been there for support. Explain that relationship a little bit.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think we are just pretty good friends. I have always had a liking to her and I guess the same for her to me and stuff --

Q. Do you think she was maybe able to understand some of things you had gone through because in a different aspect obviously her life is at times difficult with her father and --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think, yeah, we can relate to each other. We have like an understanding with each other. It is just -- really good to be able to talk to somebody actually too. I mean, it is kind of sometimes you feel like you are alone really in this life and stuff and tennis world or whatever, and to have somebody to talk to about it, I mean, it is good.

Q. Were you hurt by having too much success, do you think at 14 and 15, having all that tremendous success in tennis, did that maybe come too quick too fast or what?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I thought this was going to be like a light press conference. (laughter). Kind of like what I said to you before, you know, about having no regrets and stuff, you know. So I don't -- just I can't go back and change anything or I can just learn and whatever, so, I don't think I have had definitely not too much success, like I said, some people, it takes many lifetimes to get the things that I have gotten, so I would never like want to give it up for anything in the world.

Q. Are you able to associate or socialize with some of the younger ones that are around the Tour now, and also besides Steffi, which of the other players from a few years ago offered you encouragement to keep going?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: The first part, just the other girls and stuff, the younger girls, I really haven't like talked to them that much or anything like that. They seem like they just, you know, they are all strong personalities, whatever, so, you know, they -- I don't know. But the second part, I think just a lot -- mostly all players, you know, I have been -- have been pretty nice. I haven't talked to that many, you know, like I have with like Steffi or something. I mean, Monica to a certain point, I talked to her a little bit. That is it.

Q. Has the attendance in tennis for women's been greater than the men's --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Has the attendance?

Q. You guys follow one another. Has it been a bigger attendance because like some of the men's tours the attendance haven't been as, shall we say, great as they should be or as opened --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: The attendance you are saying?

Q. Yeah.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I mean, that is great -- I mean, I don't know. I think it has been pretty much the same -- I mean, I don't really know what is exciting. I think the women's is more exciting right now at this point, so....

Q. Do you have any aches or pains right now or are you feeling pretty fit?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I feel pretty fit. Yeah, let's talk about my game, yeah.

Q. You said that you want joy out of tennis now. Did you want something different when you were 13? Did you just want fame and fortune or to be No. 1? Were your priorities different?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I never wanted like fame or fortune or anything like that. I just -- I was just, you know, a happy-go-lucky kid, you know, I just enjoyed it.

Q. On your game, who are you working with at the moment and how much time are you putting in on the practice courts, off the practice courts, on a typical week?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, at least I go out everyday and train about four to five -- it all depends, really. Some days I won't train at all. It just depends, but right now, just for this week and probably through the Open and stuff, this guy is with me now, Craig Wildey is his name. Just kind of started with.

Q. Next year, looking beyond, what is coming up with the Open and all that, next year are you planning on playing a full 12 months or how many tournaments do you feel at this stage you are capable of playing?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I am planning on playing as much as I can, especially if my body holds up. I mean, I went through a lot of injuries the last year or so. So hopefully I mean, that is all part of getting in shape too. I think if I am in shape, I am not going to be pushing my body so much, you know, doing more than what I can do.

Q. What kind of problems have you had physically?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I have had like a bunch of like muscle strains and pulls. I twisted my ankle really bad, that you can't do anything about. But -- and I have had like shoulder problems, especially when I just started getting back into it.

Q. Where would you like to get better? What part of your game?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think I would like my consistency back, to be better, and also my focus, you know, I just -- I have lapses, you know, in my matches, I would just like to cut those out. Just even knowing like what shot to hit, you know, what shot not -- the right shot at the right time and stuff, you know, I mean, maybe that was just so natural before, you know, now it is just, I don't know, I have to -- that has to come back to me a little bit more, I think. That is just from playing.

Q. Everybody always remembers you obviously from what happened in the downside. Do you think you can ever erase that through good tennis or do you think people always have that kind of asterisk next to your name when they talk about you, think about you, she was the teenage superstar who burned out, do you think good tennis can erase that or do you think it could ever be erased?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't really care if it is erased or not. Whatever people think, I mean, a lot of what people think is because I think of what was portrayed through you guys too, so I don't know. Whatever -- I think you guys have the control pretty much. But you just can't -- you can't care, just be happy with yourself and happy with the people around you.

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1998 PILOT PEN INTERNATIONAL
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT

August 22, 1998

J. CAPRIATI/E. Gagliardi
0-6, 7-6(7), 6-2

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Q. That had to be a heck of a match. You staved off three matchpoints there in the second set?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Three. Was that it? Yeah.

Q. Did it seem like more?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, it did because I thought -- well, in the game and then in the tiebreaker too, but I guess whatever, you know. (Laughs) It was just tough. I just was able to play well. I was playing there -- I fought for everything and it just went my way. It paid off.

Q. Must be good for your confidence to be able to fight your way out of trouble like that?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, it is. Finally I came out on top in one of the close matches. It has been -- every match that has been close, I have always been the loser, so this feels really good.

Q. How much did it help you having the fans really behind you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Oh, they helped tremendously. I mean, they were great. I mean, they really got me back into that match, yeah. They were great.

Q. Why was it so tough?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I don't know. I mean, she came out on fire -- she was playing really well. I never played this girl. I didn't really know anything about her and I didn't know what to expect, but she played well and so, I mean, she kind of caught me off guard and then I just-- I started playing better in the second set. I think I got more groove, warmed up a little bit more. And then just winning that set, I mean, gave me so much confidence that third set, you know I really played the way I like to play.

Q. Any lapses of confidence today?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, not really. Even in the first set, a lot of games I still had game points and stuff like that and I was still, you know, I mean, I can't win those games like as much as I would have, you know, the chances I had, but I don't think that is so much lack of just concentration.

Q. Having played a three-set match in the first round match of a qualifier, may be more evidence of how strong this field is for the overall tournament?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I mean, you know, it is not that big of a draw and the tournament, obviously it is just going to be, you know, even the qualifying draw still a lot of good players.

Q. Do you really enjoy -- (Inaudible.)

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I do. Especially if I win.

Q. In the match, as the match progressed seemed like you were getting stronger and stronger mentally more than physically. You started to play more aggressive. One point you won 12 straight points late in the third set. Can you try to recapitulate for us what was going on in your head? Were you saying to yourself: I have got to play tougher, I have got to be more aggressive or what?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I just -- I knew kind of the whole match, I knew the way -- before going into the match I knew the way I wanted to play. I mean, just the way I have been practicing and everything just I have been practicing real aggressive and stuff and I felt I have been moving better. I think I just had a little slow start and then after that first set was over I was just like: Okay, forget about -- you know, the match will start right now and I still had to fight pretty hard and so just after that second set I -- just my confidence gained. I was just -- I felt more -- just everything was just starting to, you know, be on for me.

Q. How do you feel your game is now? Compare it with four years ago.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know. It is just -- I feel probably just I am stronger and just because I have grown a little bit or just gotten stronger, you get strong with age, I guess. Also I mean, I am able to work out the points a little more now. I think a little better out there.

Q. Is it a fact that you become stronger mentally? I mean, if this was a match you played, say, twelve months ago, do you think you would have been able to come back and win or because like you said you have grown and gotten stronger mentally that this was -- you knew even down 6-0 you could come back and win it?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I think I am a different player than like twelve months ago, completely different. Really twelve months ago I just-- I really didn't know what was going on on the court. Now I just -- I feel a lot better, stronger and just like I feel like I have got a little bit of my tennis back.

Q. What are you going to do to keep your head into the tennis for the next match?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I just look forward to the next one and that is it, not going to think, you know, it is only the second round of qualifying, I am just going to look at it as just a match. Just try to play my best and do all the things that I have been working on and stuff and just even if I lose or whatever the outcome is, just keep doing what I have been practicing and training on.

Q. Do you have any idea who you might be playing tomorrow yet or --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No.

Q. It doesn't matter?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, it does. I just don't know.

Q. When you travel the circuit, do you travel by yourself now or do you take somebody with you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Usually I take somebody with me. I am not by myself. My family travels with me. My brother has been travelling with me a lot and, you know, my mom and my mad or whatever, both or whatever.

Q. It will stay that way for the time being?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Sure. Yeah. I mean, I have gone to a few tournaments by myself, but just right now I really like to have them around and I really like the support.

Q. What is it like when you are on your own?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, I haven't been to too many tournaments on my own lately. But just it is kind of like boring. (Laughs)

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1998 U.S. OPEN
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NEW YORK

September 1, 1998

J. NOVOTNA/J. Capriati

6-4, 6-3


An interview with:


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Q. Novotna seems to think that you are kind of back on the right track maybe, the way you are playing. How do you feel about your game?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I think I am playing a lot better, I think. Definitely if I can just keep it up, hopefully soon I can have some good results.

Q. It looked a little bit like you may have won there when you were coming off the court, people were chasing you down.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I know. I know, I mean, I guess -- I don't know, there was just -- felt like I won or something.

Q. People still remember you, still want your autograph; does that surprise you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I thought there would be like some people still, but I didn't like expect, you know, like the whole crowd kind of, you know, to be so into it and stuff. I mean, yeah, so I was a little surprised, I think. But I mean, it just makes me feel really good that they are still like that.

Q. What are some of the things they say to you? Do you hear when you turn around and --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Just, you know, we miss you; keep coming back, or trying to come back, and whatever, don't give up or stuff like that, you know, just they are happy to see me. Things like that.

Q. Is it hard on you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: What do you mean hard on me? Like --

Q. Do you hear those kind of things as encouragement?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think it is like more encouraging, you know, I just -- I mean, it is just -- yeah, it makes me feel good. I mean, sometimes, I don't know, it is a little sad in a way sometimes, but I mean, mostly it is good.

Q. You have had big matches in that stadium. Now it is a lot different. Does it feel different? Did it feel the same today?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Actually, not really. I mean, it was like a completely different court, I was -- like I tried to keep looking around for something, you know, that would just like make me feel like I was still like on that, you know, old stadium, but there was really nothing like -- just everything seemed different. It is a good court, though. It is good the way it is.

Q. Are you finding your game more fun now and if so, why?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Actually I mean, it is just -- it is fun. I mean, it has always like been fun, you know, I mean, it is -- yeah, except for like, you know, when I wasn't playing, of course, I wasn't playing, so you know, but every time that I have played, I have always had fun.

Q. What was the most encouraging thing about your game today?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I guess that really, you know, I felt like she, you know, my chances and stuff and she really didn't overpower me or anything like that, you know, I just feel like I was just like pretty much with her, staying with her and stuff. I think I almost could have taken control actually, you know, and -- so -- I mean, even though I lost, I think it was like still pretty positive.

Q. Do you feel more confident, say a few weeks ago before the draw was announced, that you might have a pretty good tournament and what effect did it have to see that you had Novotna --

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Nothing, just that I mean, just a tough opponent, that is all. But I am not going to go into any match and think I am going to lose or anything, you know, that -- yeah, I mean, I just have that positive attitude and you have got to play them sometimes so....

Q. Do you have a favorite and/or most memorable match on that court, that just jumps out on you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I think that is obvious kind of, the -- I mean, the semifinal US Open ---I don't know what year it was '90 --

Q. '91.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: '91.

Q. Do you still feel pretty good about your chances of being one of the top players in the world and do you have a timetable for that?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, at this point, no, I have no timetable. I am just going to take things one at a time and just keep going the way I have been going because I think I have just improved a lot and I mean, I have just -- I have -- I think I can only get better from here. So I think I am definitely like, you know, there is still a lot of players that are still like older than me that are still like in the top, so it is not like age has anything to do with it. I mean, you know, I just think whatever you really put your mind to what you really want, you can do anything.

Q. Do you still feel rusty?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Rusty?

Q. On court.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I mean, that is an interesting question. I think it just has to come with like just confidence, more than anything. Actually this match was the first time like I felt like I was actually pretty on, you know. Only thing is just about playing these first rounds like someone like Novotna and stuff, usually in the first round you just -- it is more of a chance to really get like warmed up, you know, and get used to everything and stuff.

Q. How would you define "On" ? Is that a technical thing, things you were doing with your racket or a general thing?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Just a general feeling you probably wouldn't understand. I don't know, if you play, it is like when everything is going well pretty much.

Q. Do you remember a point in the match when you were feeling that way, a ball you hit or a particular point you played or a -- where you felt you were on?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, from the moment I got out there, the moment I started, you know, I felt just -- I felt pretty good the whole way and stuff. I think in the second set it just went really quick and I rushed a little bit. I think in those ways I am still rusty, you know, like I just -- before I would have really maybe taken more time and just really thought out -- work the points more and stuff.

Q. Given the crowd and the tough opponent, did it feel more like a later match? Did it feel not like a first-round match?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It was almost like that, but -- yeah.

Q. Anything you want to do after your tennis days are over; what is your career path?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I have a couple of things in mind, you know, that I would like to do maybe or just -- but, you know, actually right now this is just kind of what I want to do, devote myself to tennis.

Q. Recently going into the US Open -- how do you mentally prepare yourself to change the up and downs?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: You have just got to keep on going, just try to have a positive attitude, you know, like I am just working on my game, that is all and, you know, eventually, hopefully, things will click in. And I will just start having some wins and stuff. I mean, I have had to qualify, you know, and that has been tough, but, I don't know. See what happens.

Q. If we were looking with the sound off on the TV when the match got over with, and it was the sound off and the scoreboard not there, it was hard to tell that you hadn't won the match. You were smiling and the crowd was standing up and cheering. Was that something that was a surprise to you or is that a different feeling that you have had after a loss that you have had in the past couple of years or so?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I think definitely it is just kind of because of the crowd, I think, you know, and the way they react to me and stuff. I think, you know, that I just -- I don't know, I mean, I feel like I played well and so it is -- you know, like I said, it can only get better from here. Overall, even though I lost it was a good experience, so -- I mean, the crowd was probably -- tonight or something, you know, I might be like going crazy or really -- it will really hit me or something, I don't know just --

Q. Are you sure it can only get better or are there days you sit back and say, you know, I will never break the top 100 again?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I mean, not really. I just try to like think positive on everything. Actually, I mean, it is more of like, I know it is going to get better.

and where they produce desolation, they call it peace
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THE 1999 LIPTON CHAMPIONSHIPS

KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA

March 19, 1999

S. GRAF/J. Capriati

6-0, 6-1

An interview with:

JENNIFER CAPRIATI

BROOKE LAWER: First question for Jennifer.

Q. You don't look too exhausted, kind of fresh coming back from the showers. How do you feel? Did how did you feel on the court?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I felt fine. I mean, it wasn't that long of a match. There were still some good points. You know, it wasn't like a long two-hour match or anything. You know, I'm fine.

Q. Was it kind of frustrating because I think she didn't miss too many points?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, she didn't. I mean, I haven't seen her play much, but I think that's the best she's played in a long time. I mean, she played unbelievable. She played a great match. It was frustrating because I didn't play that bad myself. I just didn't have a chance to get into the match really. I mean, she gave me no openings. I had a few openings, but I had to make those shots. There was no room for error on my part with the way she was playing.

Q. Right after the finals in Indian Wells, she said compared with the former years, in these times she isn't far as good as in former times. I doubt that. Would you doubt that, as well?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I doubt that today. I mean, that's probably the best she's ever played. I mean, I played against her. That's like when she was playing, you know, her No. 1 days, better.

Q. Even better?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Uh-huh.

Q. What makes the difference? You say "Even better."

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: She didn't miss anything, you know. I mean, her shots, that court isn't that fast, and her balls were coming pretty hard and pretty fast. Her slice. It was kind of always more floaty, but they were really sticking. The movement, that's always there, you know.

Q. What is your brother Steve doing and how do you do when you play him?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't play him. He's just in college right now.

Q. What do you want out of tennis these days?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: What I want out of tennis is not necessarily just winning. But, you know, I just want to play well and have fun playing well. Just have fun playing tennis. I just want to get to the level where I can say that that's my level, just try to play well, get up there.

Q. How far away do you feel from this level that you want to achieve?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I feel in a way I just kind of started getting back. I know I've been playing for a while trying to come back. Right now I feel the best that I've felt in a long time. I feel more confident. Still like yesterday and today, even my practice, my practices are the best I've ever done. I just feel a lot better. This could be the start, almost like starting again. I do still have some of the experience from playing, but it's been so long since I've been out in those quarters, semis, finals, the important final matches, just against the top players. Mentally I still have to get all that back, if I ever get there. It's like starting from scratch.

Q. I've read some quotes that you said you're playing for yourself. You obviously were in a mode where you didn't want pressure, and rightly so because from the outside looking in, you had a lot of pressure, now you don't want pressure. Where is the common ground? How do you get to the happy medium that equates to making a decision that equates to making a commitment to doing it or trying your best? Do you see what I'm saying?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: That's a good question. That's kind of what I've been trying to figure out is what my happy medium is, where is just the middle, not too much. I don't like too much. Too little, I mean I'm finding out that I don't like that either. I think it's just right now I've got to concentrate on one thing, and that's my tennis, just working hard and trying to improve my tennis, just forget the rest, forget the mental, forget all that stuff, just work on my game.

Q. How close is Steffi to getting back?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: If she keeps playing like the way they did today, she's pretty close. I think she would beat anybody today the way she played. If she can keep it up like that, for sure.

Q. Kind of the same old Steffi in your mind?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I think that's the best she's ever played, ever, against me. We had that match at the Olympics. She played great. I mean, that was different, different surface, clay. I didn't play that bad. I feel I just had no chances. She was just like she kept the pressure on.

Q. When you talk about finding that happy medium, there's commitments once you find it to get there. Does that mean a schedule, a nutritional program? You said to forget the mental, but tennis is a mental game.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I know it is. Right now I have a lot to work on in my game. My movement, even just strategy. Have to remember how to really play. I had an instinct before and maybe now I don't have that instinct as much as knowing what to do, what shots to hit, where to place the ball, things like that. It's hard, too, with the commitment. It really has nothing to do with the wildcards and all that. I have to think about that, but it's all a matter of how committed I am. It doesn't matter whether I qualify or wildcards. Just because I qualify, I can't let that part get that down.

Q. Are you going to have a full schedule on the tour?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, definitely. Just by playing here, how I feel, Harold has been working with me. Already that's going well. Hopefully that will continue. Already he's made me feel so much more positive about my game and myself. I think he's going to encourage me to do a full schedule.

and where they produce desolation, they call it peace
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