At 13, Jennifer Capriati smashed her way into the tennis world as a youthful pro with a megawatt smile. By 15 she was overwhelming more seasoned competitors with punishing groundstrokes and a formidable serve, becoming the youngest player ever to attain a Top 10 ranking along the way. But within a few short years, she had become a cautionary tale, a prodigy pushed too hard and too soon by an overbearing parent. In 1993 she was arrested for shoplifting; six months later, she was charged with possessing marijuana at a Florida motel. Capriati’s story had a happy ending, however: after a hiatus from the tour, she bounced back, capturing the Australian and French Opens in 2001 on her way to the world’s No. 1 ranking.
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