Former No. 1 world-ranked tennis player Jennifer Capriati is off the hook on criminal charges connected with a Valentine’s Day spat with her ex-boyfriend at a North Palm Beach gym.
State prosecutors Monday dropped charges of battery and stalking in connection with an altercation at Oxygen Health & Fitness Gym on U.S. 1. Police said Capriati, who has a condo on Singer Island, punched ex-boyfriend Ivan D. Brannan Jr. Later, the 37-year-old appeared at Brannan’s office and pounded on a locked door. When she couldn’t get in, she began repeatedly calling the office, police said.
Under a deferred prosecution agreement, Capriati agreed to perform community service and attend anger management classes. Court records show she volunteered for 30 hours at Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute in Tampa, near her home in Wesley Chapel. She attended four hours of anger management sessions with a Lake Worth mental health counselor.
When she presented proof that she had complied with the agreement, the charges were dropped, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office. Capriati wasn’t in court for the perfunctory hearing that lasted less than a minute.
Her attorney, Richard Lubin, wasn’t immediately available for comment.
Capriati made her professional debut in 1990 at a tournament in Boca Raton a month before her 14th birthday. A year later, she became the youngest player to be rated among the world’s top 10 women’s tennis players. While the phenom captured three singles championships in Grand Slam tournaments and an Olympic gold medal, she struggled in her personal life.
In 1993, she was charged with shoplifting and a year later was arrested for marijuana possession. Claiming tennis burnout, she said she had contemplated suicide. She twice went through drug rehab. She recaptured the tennis world’s affections in 2002 when she staged an unlikely comeback. However, she was ultimately sidelined by injuries. Her career winnings are estimated at $10 million.