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Jennifer Capriati battery trial set for Dec. 17


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WEST PALM BEACH — A Dec. 17 trial date has been set in Palm Beach County for former tennis star Jennifer Capriati in a stalking and battery case involving her ex-boyfriend.

The 37-year-old Capriati is accused of punching Ivan Brannan while he worked out at a gym on Valentine’s Day. Authorities also say Capriati stalked Brannan for months earlier. The charges are misdemeanors.

Capriati’s attorney calls the accusations false. The trial date was set at a hearing Friday that Capriati did not attend.

Capriati is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame who began her professional career at age 13.

As a 14-year old, she burst onto the scene fresh out of the eighth grade and reached the semifinals at her first Grand Slam event — the 1990 French Open.

Three years later, drug and other problems sidetracked her life and career. She temporarily dropped off the tour following the 1993 U.S. Open.

Capriati, who trained at Saddlebrook Resort, was arrested in December 1993 for shoplifting at Tampa Bay Center, and again in May 1994 in Coral Gables for marijuana possession.

She won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

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