Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
Crime & Courts

Jennifer Capriati battery, stalking charges dropped


Published:   |   Updated: January 13, 2014 at 02:27 PM

Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati won’t have to face battery and stalking charges stemming from a 2013 confrontation with an ex-boyfriend.

The case was dropped Monday morning.

The Palm Beach County state attorney’s office said that Capriati completed 30 hours of community service at the Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute in Tampa and four hours of anger management counseling under a deferred prosecution agreement. The charges are misdemeanors.

“Those are standard conditions for a deferred prosecution,” said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the state attorney’s office.

Capriati, 37, had been accused of punching former boyfriend Ivan Brannan at a gym last Valentine’s Day and of stalking him for months before that.

Capriati is an International Tennis Hall of Fame member who began her professional career out of Saddlebrook at age 13. Fresh out of the eighth grade, she reached the semifinals at her first Grand Slam event — the 1990 French Open.

She was a gold medalist at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and also won the French and Australian opens.

Capriati, who trained at Saddlebrook Resort as a teen, was arrested in December 1993 on a shoplifting charge at Tampa Bay Center, a mall that has since be razed. She was arrested again in May 1994 in Coral Gables on a charge of marijuana possession.

The off-court problems sidetracked her life and career. She temporarily dropped off the tennis tour following the 1993 U.S. Open.

Capriati now lives in a condo on upscale Singer Island, north of West Palm Beach.

Comments