Tennis: Jennifer Capriati headlines Hall of Fame class

Published: Saturday, July 14 2012 11:20 p.m. MDT

International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil laughs during a news conference prior to induction ceremonies in Newport, R.I. Saturday, July 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Associated Press

NEWPORT, R.I. — Jennifer Capriati's tennis career — and her teenage life — took a number of twists and turns.

She started as a teenage prodigy, was later sidetracked with off-court troubles, rebounded to become a three-time Grand Slam champion and, now, her journey is complete with her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Capriati and several others were inducted into the Hall during a 90-minute ceremony Saturday.

Joining Capriati were recently retired player Gustavo Kuerten, master player Manuel Orantes, tennis industry executive Mike Davies and wheelchair champion Randy Snow, who was honored posthumously.

In a tear-filled acceptance speech, the 36-year old Capriati remembered her great moments in the game and touched on some of her troubles off the court.

Capriati was presented by 2009 Hall of Fame inductee Monica Seles.

"I still managed to overcome some adversity, win a Gold Medal, win some Grand Slams and stand at the podium at the Hall of Fame," said Capriati, breaking into tears during her acceptance speech. "This is one milestone I thought I'd never achieve."

She now feels as though her tennis career is fulfilled.

"It's been quite a journey," Capriati said at a morning press conference.

The highlight match of her career — and maybe one of the top performances in the game — was the 2002 Australian Open when she trailed Hingis 4-6, 0-4 before rallying to a three-set victory.

She won a gold medal for the United States at Barcelona in 1992. Her career ended in 2004 with a 430-176 record.

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