Surviving stardom

Jennifer Capriati

By Cindy Hahn, Tennis Magazine, October 1992: Jennifer Capriati, her ankles still encrusted with the red clay of Il Foro Italico, faces a den of crass, middle-aged sportswriters. One, an Italian journalist, will write a story tomorrow whose headline screams that she looks like a pig. The 16-year-old, sweat-soaked and exhausted, hasn’t yet suffered that […]

Davis Cup 2015 R1: James Ward upsets John Isner

James Ward

History seems to repeat itself: last year in San Diego, James Ward (ranked 175 at the time) pulled off a five-set upset over Sam Querrey to give Britain a 2-0 lead. This time, he rallied from two sets down to beat world number 20 John Isner in a marathon match 6-7 5-7 6-3 7-6 15-13 […]

Davis Cup 2015 R1: Andy Murray defeats Donald Young

Andy Murray

For the second year in a row, USA and Great Britain meet in the Davis Cup first round. Last year in San Diego, Great Britain advanced to the Davis Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1986, thanks to an 3-1 victory over the Americans in San Diego. Americans had strangely chosen to play on […]

A look back at Jennifer Capriati’s career

Jennifer Capriati

Jennifer Capriati made her pro debut on this day 25 years ago, aged only 13. So, this weekend we have a look at her career, filled with so many highs and lows: – The Virginia Slims of Capriati – And she’s only 13! – How she was taught to be the best – Surviving stardom […]

Jennifer Capriati: how she was taught to be the best

Jennifer Capriati, 1990

From Tennis Confidential by Paul Fein, 1990: The touchy subject of who should get the credit and how much for a star’s success isn’t new. Robert Lansdorp, Tracy Austin‘s coach for a decade, used to grow incensed when the more famous Vic Braden was mentioned as her first coach. Lansdorp finally lashed back: “I don’t […]

Jennifer Capriati: and she’s only 13!

Jennifer Capriati, Boca Raton 1990

By Dave Scheiber, Sports Illustrated, March 1990 Dazzling new tennis star Jennifer Capriati, 13, showed that her future is now by deftly handling more-experienced opponents – and the media – in her professional debut. While hundreds of reporters descended of The Polo Club in Boca Raton, while thousands of spectators spilled through the gates, while […]