Jennifer Capriati, former No.1 women’s tennis star, could face charges of stalking and battery after police said she punched ex-boyfriend Ivan Brannan last month while he worked out at a gym, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune on Thursday, March 21. Citing court documents, “Gossip Extra” reported that Jennifer Capriati, 36, was charged with the first count for “actually and intentionally” touching or striking Brannan and “intentionally” hurting him.
Capriati was charged on Thursday after allegedly punching her ex-boyfriend on Valentine's Day. The tennis star was not arrested, but she now faces a series of offenses, which includes stalking and battery in the North Palm Beach, Fla. Community in which the alleged offenses occurred.
Brannan apparently attempted to diffuse the confrontation by heading into the men's locker room, but Capriati was reported to have blocked his path and punched him in the chest, according to Enstarz.
As one writer noted, the teenage prodigy went pro at age 13. The next year, Capriati made it to the semis at the French Open at the, “ridiculous age of 14”.
Jennifer won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona by beating powerhouse Steffi Graf.
What came after includes shoplifting arrests, and accusations that the tennis phenom indulged in marijuana, crack cocaine and heroin abuse. Those stories only helped lead to the promising tennis star’s downfall.
Jennifer reclaimed her top status by defeating Martina Hingis, then ranked No.1 in the world, in straight sets for her first Grand Slam championship in 2001.
She went on to win the French Open that same year, claiming her position as the top seeded women tennis player in October.
After successfully defending her Australian Open title in 2002, Jennifer became a top ten player until physical injuries sidelined her career in 2004.
All said, Capriati boasts 14 professional singles tournaments during her career, as well as being a three-time tennis major winner. .