Jennifer Capriati Trial Date Set; Tennis Star Accused of Stalking Ex

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Monday, 19 Aug 2013 09:40 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Jennifer Capriati's trial date for charges that she stalked and punched her ex-boyfriend has been set for Dec. 17 in Palm Beach County.

The misdemeanor charges allege that the 37-year-old former tennis great stalked her ex-boyfriend, Ivan Brannan, for months before confronting him on Valentine's Day in a gym where she allegedly punched him while he was working out.

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Capriati did not attend Friday's hearing where the trial date was set.

Her attorney, Richard Lubin, however was present and dismissed the accusations against his client as false, the Associated Press reported.

During the hearing, Lubin asked Judge August Bonavita for permission to depose the prosecution's witnesses in the case, CBS News reported.

The New York City-born Capriati, a former World No. 1 tennis star, began playing professionally one month shy of her 14th birthday in 1990. She subsequently became the youngest ever player to be in the top 10, at the age of 14.

Two years later, Capriati won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

During the next 14 years she went on to win three women's singles championships in Grand Slam tournaments, capturing a French Open crown in 2001 and back-to-back Australian Open titles in 2001 and 2002.

Overall, Capriati won 14 professional singles tournaments and one women's doubles championship.

Her career, however, was marred with controversy, having been arrested for shoplifting, which she described as accidental, and possession of marijuana. Both offenses occurred while she was a teenager.

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Capriati, who had an overall singles record of 430 wins and 176 losses, entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. She was ranked one of the top 40 tennis players of all time by Tennis magazine in 2005.

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