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. Capriati Interview
Wednesday, June 30, 2004



THE MODERATOR: Could I have the first question for Jennifer, please.

Q. Can you explain at all what went wrong today?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: She just played too good today.

Q. Did it surprise you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No.

Q. Was there any point that you felt you could maybe come back into it?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Uhm, you know, maybe when she, you know, had a loose game there, when she hit a couple double‑faults, maybe she would have come down a little bit.

But she didn't, she kept the level up.

Q. What got her going early? It was close at the start. What got her into this rhythm that seemed overpowering?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: You know, I guess maybe the early break just kind of gave her that extra confidence, and she just got on a roll, more of a roll, after that.

Q. How different is it playing her on grass compared to the clay in Paris a few weeks ago?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: You know, it makes things a little bit quicker. It gives her an advantage on her serve, I suppose. But, you know, I think on any surface, most of the girls just hit through it anyways.

Q. And how would you rate her play compared to other matches you played against her today?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I would say today is probably one of the best that she's ever played against me probably.

Q. Was it a case that you felt she played so well or that perhaps you didn't maybe meet the levels that you have been doing so far here?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't think I really had much of a chance to get into the match and play. I was just feeling so much pressure from her coming off the baseline, the serve. Basically that's ‑‑ what her game plan was was to tee off on everything, and she was on, not to let me in it at all.

So, really, I just couldn't even get the rallies going.

Q. Do you think the extra day's rest would have made a difference?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I don't know. I mean, I can't really say that. I mean, maybe I was a little bit tired kind of from playing so many days in a row. But still, you know, it was a little bit gusty out there which didn't help either.

Q. It's not clear who she's playing in the next round yet because that's going into three sets, but on this form, do you see her winning the whole thing?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, if she plays like that, she has a good chance. But, you know, if she can play like that, you know, every time, I mean, that's too good.

But, you know, other players maybe have a different game. If she plays Mauresmo, I mean, who knows, it's kind of a little different than my game.

Q. How would you assess your movement today?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: You know, I had a good warm‑up. I felt good going out there. You know, maybe I just didn't have that little spark that I've had. And the movement, I mean, you know, I'm still getting there. I still feel like I'm just, you know, about 65, 70% of where I can be physically. So, you know, that's what, you know, I'll keep working on.

Q. What do you take away from this match in terms of discouragement or things to work on as you proceed this summer?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I mean, I got to look at the positive things. I played a great tournament. You know, I got to give all credit to her. I mean, I knew, you know, beating her the last two times, you know, she had a vendetta I think to come out. You know, I think she really played well.

So I can't get too down on myself and be too hard on myself because I know that I can compete. Today was just not one of those days. You know, just keep working on what I've been doing, doing the same thing.

Q. Very early you were hitting your second serve quite well, then it really went off. Was it the pressure she was putting on you?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It really went off? What, did I hit a bunch of double‑faults or something?

Q. And it went way down, maybe 10 or 15 miles in speed.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, maybe I just got a little bit tired. You know, I just wanted to make sure that I, you know, put it in the court basically.

Q. You guys have played so many close matches. Everybody writing in today's papers wrote about your great rivalry, all these long three‑set matches. What did you imagine was going to happen today? How did you see this match going when you stepped out there today?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, when everyone's talking about it so much, it's very hard to just go out there and just completely focus on tennis. You know, it's like I can't walk around with earplugs in my ears, you know.

But, you know, what can you do? You've just got to do your best not to really, you know, think about it or have that come into play because, I mean, it does add more tension. You know, some people like it, some people don't. It's just very difficult to just, you know, not tune everything out.

So, uhm, and just that's the way it goes sometimes. Not everything is always going to be the way you think it's going to be. So maybe if you wouldn't talk about it so much, it would have been a better match, I don't know.

Q. Are you saying you could do without such speculation before you step out onto court?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, that's kind of the case every single time. So you kind of just get used to it, I guess. There's really nothing else you can do.

Q. Isn't tennis one of the things that makes tennis, really all sports, compelling, is great rivalries? Isn't there a hunger for great rivalries which fans want to follow?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I mean. But I think the rivalry speaks for itself. I mean, you don't have to even talk about it. It's just there, you know. It's like the people don't ‑‑ I mean, they can see it for themselves.

Q. What is it you object to, when you say that it adds to the tension?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, it's just, you know, from the first press conference, from the first match, it's like, you know, already talking about, you know, the quarterfinal match. It's like, you know, you shouldn't. Each match at a time.

But that's the way the press is. That's the way that ‑‑ that goes along with it. There's nothing you can do about it, so...

Q. You're saying you personally have a hard time?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: We can drop it now. We can drop it.

Q. Despite the obvious disappointment today, it has been a positive tournament for you in general, just like it was at Roland Garros?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. Yeah. I think I can take away a lot of good things, you know, still going forward. I'm still getting better.

Q. Lindsay Davenport was saying yesterday it's good to see, I wouldn't say one of the older players, but when so many young guys coming through, it's good to see the more experienced players can still make the latter stages of a Grand Slam.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean, I think, and possibly still winning them. You know, I think it's like not a big difference, not a big gap. So it's definitely ‑‑ it's a good thing. You know, just hang in there as long as we can, I guess.

Q. I know it's early yet, but I'm wondering if you have a sense as the summer goes forward, if you're leaning towards making any change in your coaching relationship or whether or not it helps to have family here or not? >

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Just kind of ‑‑ you know, I'll decide that at a later time. Just get home first.

Q. Where would you rate Serena's game right now compared to when she was dominating the slams and held all the Slam titles at one time?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: You know, like I said, I never played her where she's actually played this good. But, you know, she hasn't, you know, played like this for a while. So I don't know if it's, you know, something that she can keep up or what.

But, I mean, this is probably, you know, like I said, one of the best forms. But I don't know, like, I mean, even better than the other times.

Q. How are you actually feeling in yourself right now? How will you go about picking yourself up from a game like this?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, what can I do? I mean, there's worse things, you know. I mean, it's just, at the end of the day, I tried my best. I'm not going to, you know, take it personally and think, you know, now I'm a bad person, you know, or even as a tennis player, whatever. I know who I am inside, and I know the level I can compete at. That's basically it. That's what I go home with, That there's always a next time, so...

Q. Does the score matter or is it just a win or a loss?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Uhm, you know, at this point, it doesn't really matter. I mean, I have to say maybe it does just a little bit because it's ‑‑ you know, it's not something that I'm used to, you know. And it kind of happened at the French, too. So I don't know.

It just shows how eager these other girls are. If you're not playing your best, I mean, that's what can happen.

Q. Has your back been hampering you at all in terms of these matches?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No.

Q. You said you were 65 to 70% of where you want to be physically. Is that where you're thinking now, is you want to make a renewed effort in that area which will maybe push you ahead?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean, I've only recently started working with someone new. You know, it's tough when you're still playing tournaments because you can't train, you know, at the same level. Kind of got to back off when you're playing.

So hopefully now, you know, I'll have a few weeks where I can just be consistent with it. And I think, you know, just get better and better. And really the only time is on the off‑season when you can put in that, you know, one or two months.

Q. Is there something specific you're doing now in conditioning?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. Well, I mean, a different way because I'm using a different trainer. But, you know, it all kind of is the same thing in the end. I don't know.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about Lindsay. This is a big run for her, a lot of things she's gone through in the last year with injuries. Talk about her situation, whether you're happy for her to be back in this situation.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I'm really happy. I think it's great that she's come back and done this well. She definitely has a chance to be in the finals. And, you know, I mean, it would be nice to see her win it. She's, you know, kind of quietly gone through, not a lot of hype. So hopefully she can just go out there and just, you know, play her best tennis.
 

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they never refer to Serena by name. throughout the interview, she is referred to as "she" and "her". quite disrespectful IMO :mad:

Jen needs a shrink. she is mentally a weak woman.
 

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oh brother. cappy praised serena, said she played too good, and said she kept her level high. and serena won the match. so now go pick on them for saying "she" instead of serena williams. are you worried that there might be people who don't know who capriati just played against? should they add "miss" or "mademoiselle" to drive the point home?

i guess these damn journalists just dont have no respect for anyone, because they do this ALL THE TIME. so disrespectful!! (note: i do think journalists can be bloodsuckers, but picking with prepositions??c'mon!!)

and yes, btw, see a shrink jen!!!! no disrespect! just a suggestion!!!
 

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hollywood7172 said:
oh brother. cappy praised serena, said she played too good, and said she kept her level high. and serena won the match. so now go pick on them for saying "she" instead of serena williams. are you worried that there might be people who don't know who capriati just played against? should they add "miss" or "mademoiselle" to drive the point home?

i guess these damn journalists just dont have no respect for anyone, because they do this ALL THE TIME. so disrespectful!! (note: i do think journalists can be bloodsuckers, but picking with prepositions??c'mon!!)

and yes, btw, see a shrink jen!!!! no disrespect! just a suggestion!!!
Maybe Jen already does go to a shrink. I wouldn't be too suprised.
 

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tennischick said:
they never refer to Serena by name. throughout the interview, she is referred to as "she" and "her". quite disrespectful IMO :mad:

Jen needs a shrink. she is mentally a weak woman.
Your comprehension is too good. You need to re-read the interview. They did Refer to her as Serena.

But they grilled Capriati.
 
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