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I read it once, but I could not understand half of it. Maybe it's because Kindagarten babble is not my first language, no disrespect to the #1 player, uhm, you know. Please someone, translate! Can you say hook on phonics!

Anyway, all jokes aside, this is sad!

An Interview With Jennifer Capriati
MS. BROOKE LAWER: Hello everybody, and thank you for joining us. As of today, Monday, October 15, 2001, Jennifer Capriati is the new world number one on the Sanex WTA Tour Rankings. Jennifer joins the elite company of Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport, Tracey Austin and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario as only the 9th woman to hold the ultimate spot. The computer rankings were first introduced on November 3, 1975. Jennifer debuted in the rankings at No. 25 on April 9, 1990, and became the youngest player ever to crack the top ten on October 29, 1990, when she was 14 years, seven months old. She is joining us today from Zurich where she completed her first round doubles match approximately 15 minutes ago. After Zurich she will compete in the season-ending Sanex Championships in Munich where she will be the number one seed. Due to Jennifer just finishing a match and the many the obligations she has on site in Zurich tonight, we will get right to the questions.

Q. Hi, Jennifer, congratulations?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Thank you.

Q. Can you tell us, I'm sure this is something I don't know if you've expected or unexpected, but how it feels for you to be number one in the world?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, I mean, I can't describe the happiness and the satisfaction that I feel that's really coming from inside. You know, it's just been a long road and, you know, a lot of challenges for me. And you know I can really feel like I think I just worked very hard for this, and you know that's why I really can enjoy it, I think, because I know everything that had to be done to get to this point. And you know, not to say I didn't expect it, I expected it when I started getting closer, when it became four, three and two, I was really close to one and then it really became a goal of mine. Well, I shouldn't say that either. I never concentrated on like, oh, I've got to be number one in the world. I just wanted to try to play my best tennis and see where that took me. And you know, that's why can say I'm very happy to be at this point right now.

Q. How does your family figure into this? I know you're all very close knit and everything does it make it more special, seem like it's also something they kind of accomplished or helped you accomplished?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, oh, they're very much a part of it. And you know, they've been with me through everything, and they understand also, Bill and the other people I think can understand what it takes to get to this point. I mean they're just so happy for me, and, you know, it's a great moment for all of us right now.

Q. Thank you.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Okay.

Q. Hi, Jennifer, congratulations?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Thank you.

Q. You got off to such a great start this year, being number one, does that change much or not? Cause it seems like from us this year at least a lot of players were targeting you because you got off to such a great start.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, so you mean does it change -- what do you mean.

Q. It does it change much -- do you have know think it will change much on the court in terms of how people will play you or perceive you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, I mean, I don't think so. I mean, yeah, maybe a little bit because you know when you see it on paper, you know, it's official, and just you know, you know it's really happened and it's not somewhere -- you know something that's just people are just imagining or thinking about, it's something that's really true, and you know maybe that puts a little more intimidation, you know, on the court for some people and you know determination. I know when that when I'm always playing against the number one or someone better than me, that's kind of what happens with me also. But, you know, I have to say even though like I wasn't number one before just by winning you know the Grand Slams and playing well this year, definitely the player to beat, I feel like you know that every one would want to play really well against me.

Q. Do you foresee any other changes with being number one coming up for the new year?

Q. Does it change how you're going to prepare, how you scheduled, anything like that?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No, not at all. I mean, it's something that I don't want to change, you know, it's just -- I've done pretty well to get to this point, and so it's like, why should I really change anything, you know, maybe there's going to be more commitments or things that I have to do for being number one. But, you know, just keep it all in perspective, and, you know, just keep my focus on my tennis and exactly, you know, try to do everything the same as pretty much is what I've been doing.

Q. Thank you very much.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Okay.

Q. Jennifer?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah.

Q. Congratulations.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Thank you.

Q. It has been a great year for you so far. I wonder whether you could point out some crucial points of this last year, last two years maybe where you really felt looking back now that were important steps for you to take, and I wonder whether you could talk a little bit about the whole development up to this point now?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, well, I mean, it's really started since I came back to playing tennis, and everything has always been a step forward. And maybe I didn't know it at the time, but really it was. It was just to keep going and to keep fighting and, you know, eventually, you know, I'll be rewarded for my efforts. You know I always thought, as long as my intentions were good that that would lead me in the right direction and, you know, there's still ups and downs but, you know, I still kept going for it and, you know, things started to really click. I would have to say when I got back into the top 20, I mean, you know, even when I just started really, you know, winning matches again and winning them with confidence and, you know, before even stepping on to the court believing that I was going to win and you know feeling like the same player that I used to be. So it started there really and it got just more and more led up to even playing the top players and believing again that I could beat them and play well against them and then you know believing that I deserved to be up there. And, you know, so it was just a matter of time where I just got more and more confidence. Of course, this year, the start of this year, it was just really definitely where it all happened.

Q. How much was your victory at the Australian Open a surprise to you at this time?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, it was sort after surprise, because it always happened where, you know, even in the start of my career I would have some great matches or had some great wins but always be really close, you know, to winning and you know, for example, the U.S. Open the semi final, I just always be really, really close but never quite there. And I thought for some reason maybe, maybe I'm not supposed to be all the way there, maybe that's just where I'm supposed to be as a tennis player, just not mediocre, a little better than that, but just not like the top, top, top. So, really, it was a surprise for this year at the Australian because it was the first time that I went all the way through. I mean, I didn't just come close, you know, it really changed for me. And I don't know what that's from. I don't know if it's luck, if it's fate, whatever it is. You know, but it's something that I was fortunate to come to me.

Q. Hi, Jennifer. Good going, we're so proud of you.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Thank you.

Q. Just a quick question. If you could go back and change anything over the last 12 years, do you think you would or do you think that the challenges you had and all the things you've come back from make it all the more satisfying in reaching number one and make you appreciate it more and maybe make you a better person?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. No, I wouldn't go back and change anything because, I don't know, who knows if I would have gotten to number one if everything had, you know, gone, quote, like how it's supposed to go, you know, so I'm pretty happy now and you know where I'm at and what I've achieved, so I wouldn't want to change anything at this points.

Q. Great, thank you Jennifer.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Uh-Hum.

Q. Hi, Jennifer, congratulations.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Thank you.

Q. Like you were saying a second ago sort of appreciating you've gotten older, a lot of the other players had reached number one when they were teenagers, can you just talk about your maturing and then reaching it at this age?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I mean for some reason, whatever reason, it wasn't supposed to happen back then, and you know, I would have to say it's definitely been an unique journey for me, unique story, I think, for everyone. It's definitely turned out as expected. But, you know, it doesn't matter what age you do it, whether you're a teenager, old, whatever, you know, I'm just thrilled that I could get to this point now. And you know it's never too late, and you know I think I can enjoy it now because I really know that you know what it's taken. Maybe that's why things happened the way it did, to make it appreciate it and understand and you know the perspective how I want to understand my life and being where I'm at and being number one. I mean, to me, you know, yeah, it's a little bit more profound I think because I just know inside what I've really gone through and you know what it's taken to get to this point. I mean, I feel like I've almost been to hell and back and, you know, but still, I don't want to make it seem like this whole big, profound thing, because really it's just a number and it's just a game and it's just what I've done, you know, it's just doing what I could to make my tennis ability to come through. I don't want it to make judgments on who I am as a person and mental stability, or not mental stability, the way I've always felt with with my whole career. It's how I'm doing in tennis. It just kind of shows where I'm at in my mind as a person, and I don't think think that's really fair. It's not just because I'm number one that everything's great and I'm feeling great, and you know, it's everything is just you know hunky-dory. So, you know, it should be the same for me as I'm one, 100 or whatever. What was bothering me, I guess, is just knowing if I was 100, I would know that's not where I was supposed to be and why I was at there. You know? And that's what I've tried so hard is to just really try to bring out you know my tennis ability and enjoy it for what it is and enjoy it, you know, the game and how I can play this game.

Q. Have you had the chance to do anything to celebrate this or has it been hectic?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It hasn't been hectic. I'm playing a tournament here so there's not much I can do. I don't need to celebrate. The celebration is inside and, you know, and I'm with my dad and you know. We don't even have to talk about it. It's just knowing.

Q. Thank you.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Okay.

Q. Jennifer how you doing?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Good.

Q. I guess one thing that enabled Martina to stay at the top of the ranking so long was just being able to stay healthy. Can you talk a little about how fortunate you've been in that regard and whether you do anything special, I guess, in a preventive way to kind of stay on the court?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, actually, I would have to stay like this year is the first year that I've been pretty healthy. I mean, knock on wood, I definitely had my fair share of injuries and especially just getting back into tennis. I mean it just almost seemed every turn, every week there was something going on. And I think Martina has been very lucky and now she can kind of know what everyone else has felt like just being out for whatever reason. So I mean I think that I stayed so healthy this year, it's probably because I've tried to -- I've gotten myself into good shape and try to protect my body and, you know, from not getting injured and, you know, unfortunately what happened to her was just a freak thing. I mean that's nothing you can do to prevent it. There's nothing you can do about it.

Q. And when exactly last week did you know that either you had a chance to become number one or that you would?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I guess, you know, before the tournament even started, and I just heard people saying that well she had to defend a lot of points and you know she pretty much had to do what she did last year, or if she didn't I would just move ahead in the spot.

Q. Hi, Jennifer. You mentioned commitments and that you're expecting more commitments, I know that's always something you haven't always enjoyed. Do you think you're prepared to handle that now, or are you going to try to limit it or how you going to deal with that?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I'm going to keep it pretty much the same. I mean, I feel that the commitments, you know, if it's things that I really want to be doing and causes, you know, that I want to get involved in. I mean, think everybody would pretty much happy with that as far as me getting into that and, you know, that would be good enough for everybody else and it would be something that I wouldn't mind doing, you know, but there's a fine line between doing too much and you know it takes a lot of concentration and a lot of focus to play and stay on top and, you know, we'll see how it goes, you know, I'll manage somehow. I mean, I'm definitely not going to drop. I hope I'm not going to drop in the rankings just because I don't want to do all these commitments.

MS. BROOKE LAWER: Thank you, very much.

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I can speak it too, you know <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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Well, Capriati-talk has always been one of the most hillarious things on Tour. The girl can't put two words together without "you know".. But her racquet "talks" much better and that's all that matters in the sport.
 

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You know , there are 72 you knows in this interview... Well you know I've got to you know go watch my you know paint dry....heehee <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">

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Don't be so mean. Everone knows Jen doesn't speak too good. I can get the general gist of what she's trying to say, and she's giving the media their short quotes that they need. Though I do agree about the 'you knows' a little too many to not be annoying.
 

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Well they say that all publicity is good publicity, but reading that interview makes me wondered why she bothered (ok,ok, I know why...) <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">

It really is psycho-babble, and the various interviewers don't help by asking really dumb, contradictory questions.

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I like to share my favorite paragraph from all the interview with my fellow board readers. I stopped reading after that paragraph, I just could not handle the rest.

"No, I mean, I don't think so. I mean, yeah, maybe a little bit because you know when you see it on paper, you know, it's official, and just you know, you know it's really happened and it's not somewhere -- you know something that's just people are just imagining or thinking about, it's something that's really true, and you know maybe that puts a little more intimidation, you know, on the court for some people and you know determination"
 

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Why does she speak like that? Is it because she doesn't know what she talking about, she's not educated, she has a minimal vocabulary?
 

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huh <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 

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Its just valley-girl talk...its not a mark on her intelligence whatsoever.

A female freind of mine - smartest kid I know - can't put two sentance together when she has to talk to an audience.

Heck...I have profs who can't say two sentance without saying "and um...uh"..and these are people with Ph.D's!

No Jenn isn't the greatest public speaker... it comes with the job, and she still sucks at it. But it doesn't mean she is uneducated or unintelligent.
 

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Er, Becca if you have lecturers who cannot string 2 sentences together, then something is definitely wrong there!

There job is to impart knowledge, and it's no use knowing 'it all' if you can't explain it clearly to other people....

anyway I digress, back to Jen: for me it's not even the constant 'um's and ah's' and 'y'knows' that do my head in. It's the fact that in between all of that, what she's actually saying MAKES VERY LITTLE SENSE - common or otherwise.

tee hee hee
 

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I must admit that Jennifer, though being Amereican has interviews that SUCK. Its so hard to comprehend them and they make little sense. Maybe she should look at Lindsay's or Venus' interviews for help.
 

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english is not the native language of many players, but they can still get their message across much better than jen

also what jen says barely has content for such a long interview.
 

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Nothing wrong with Jennifer, she just is not the worlds best public speaker.. Not like she does that for a living... Besides, I think what she said is wonderful and inspirational. <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">
 

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Whatever Barrie Dude. Jen is in the public eye. She's had years to improve her speech and she hasn't felt a need to do so. Therefore, she doesn't mind looking like an idiot at every interview.

Becca, as far as the "valley girl" talk goes, she is speaking in a public forum. She's under constant public scrutiny. Why in the hell would she be speaking "slang" at interviews if she didn't know any better. Boy, am I glad my favs are articulate and have impressive sentence structure. Hehehe <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">
 

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I feel badly for Jennifer. Surely she or her family can afford a tutor or media coach to help her become better at doing interviews? Venus is a good example of someone who has improved considerbaly in this department -- in fact now she sounds incredibly glib, almost rehearsed. Nothing wrong with that -- I prefer rehearsed to this idiotic bumbling that ends up making Jennifer sound less intelligent than I'm sure she is. This is sad. I feel terrible for her.
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Well I can tell you one thing, I stopped reading the interview because I couldn't make out her point.

Well when I do speeches at school I stumble on my words and shake but that's just plain nerves. I also find that people tend to speak more articulately than usual when around important people, media or doing speeches. Guess Jen isn't one of those people.

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