Former Tennis Star Jennifer Capriati Charged With Battery and Stalking After Valentine’s Day Punch
Former teen tennis phenom Jennifer Capriati has been slapped with battery and stalking charges after an alleged altercation with her ex-boyfriend on Valentine’s Day.
Palm Beach, Florida police said that Capriati’s ex-boyfriend, Ivan Brannan, was working out at a gym on Feb 14th when 36-year-old Capriati confronted him. Brannan told officials that he tried to get away by walking into the men’s locker room, but Jennifer blocked his path and punched him in the chest. Capriati allegedly hit 28-year-old Brannan with her fists several times before a yoga instructor intervened. Brannan then ran into the men’s locker room and called 911.
Capriati fled the scene in her car but was stopped by police a few miles away. They allowed her to go at the time. She has been charged but not arrested.
Mr. Brannan reported to police that Ms. Capriati has been harassing and stalking him since their breakup in 2012. He claims she called his workplace more than 50 times daily and even showed up at his place of work to bang on the windows. He also claims that she sped through a security gate at his condo building in her Porsche after a guard declined her requests to be let in.
This is not Capriati’s first run-in with the law. In 1994 she was cited for shoplifting and arrested for marijuana possession – all of which occurred after her amazingly short career garnered her an Olympic gold medal and three major tournament championships.
Our only question is whether she used her forehand, backhand, or both when she launched her volley of punches into Brannan.