This, at last, was her crowning moment, the time to finally hoist her long-deferred prize—a heaping forkful of seafood pasta.
“I’m going to eat whatever I want tonight, and I’m going to enjoy this soooo much!
Sullen and out of shape, she essentially dropped out of the pro circuit for two years, playing in only one tournament in 19.
She replaced him as her coach with former pro star Harold Solomon, who rebuilt her confidence as well as her game.
The kid has found herself a second life, and it’s wonderful.” Thanks to a brutal regimen of strength and endurance training, the formerly chunky Capriati also has a brand new body, so ripped and muscled it made Hingis look positively waifish.
But Capriati’s rebirth as a tennis player owes more to her new maturity and confidence—traits sorely missing from her first go-round.
Capriati has also reconstructed her tricky relationship with her father; as her gruff, hard-driving coach, he was, many believe, at the root of her problems.
“We learn to be parents almost as on-the-job training; they don’t give us manuals,” says Stefano, 65, who has admitted to putting too much pressure on his daughter and is now far less demanding.