Jennifer Capriati's father, Stefano, dies of cancer

by: Cindy Shmerler | May 07, 2015

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Jennifer Capriati was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. (AP Photo)

Stefano Capriati, who groomed his daughter Jennifer from birth to be a top tennis professional, died of cancer in Tampa, Florida, on April 18, 2015. He was 80 years old.

The Italian-born Capriati coached his daughter to the WTA Top 10 when she was just 14 years old and helped her win a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Jennifer also won the Australian Open in 2001 and '02 and the French Open in 2001, becoming the No. 1-ranked player in the world later that year. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012.

Capriati is survived by his daughter, as well as a son, Tampa lawyer Steven Capriati. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Children's Cancer Center, 4901 West Cypress Street, Tampa, FL 33607. 

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