The powerful ground strokes that took her to sixth in the world rankings by 1991 gave way to a series of first-round exits and tearful breakdowns at press conferences.
In 1993 police stopped a 17-year-old Capriati for allegedly shoplifting a .99 ring from a kiosk at a Tampa mall.
Five-times grand slam champion Maria Sharapova's failed drug test at this year's Australian Open has provoked a flurry of reaction in the tennis world."I'm extremely angry and disappointed.
I had to lose my career and never opted to cheat no matter what.
“It was a difficult time, with the family members yelling at each other,” says someone close to the Capriatis.
“You saw the sweetest girl you know change in a short time.” By early 2000, though, the wounds had healed enough to allow Stefano and Denise to be friends again, making it easier for Capriati to reconnect with both her parents.
Sullen and out of shape, she essentially dropped out of the pro circuit for two years, playing in only one tournament in 19.
Her fall from tennis star to tabloid fodder coincided with the end of her parents’ marriage—a breakup caused in part by disagreements between Stefano and his more lenient wife, Denise, over how hard to push their daughter.
Eleven years after she turned pro and was hailed as the next Chris Evert, Capriati, now 24, executed a surprising, nearly flawless 6-4, 6-3 win over top-seeded Martina Hingis—sweet redemption for a roller-coaster career that saw her rise to Tiger Woods-like prominence at 13, only to burn out, quit playing tennis and get arrested on drug charges.“She goes from a mug shot to a champion,” marvels longtime NBC tennis analyst Bud Collins.“This was unlikely and unexpected, and here it happened.Former player James Blake described Sharapova's response as "classy". She has lucrative endorsement deals with American Express, Avon, Evian, Head, Nike, Porsche and Tag Heuer. "For the past 10 years I have been given a medicine called mildronate by my family doctor and a few days ago after I received the letter from the ITF [International Tennis Federation] I found out it also has another name of meldonium, which I did not know."READ MORE: * 'Meldonium abuse led to ban' * Photos: Sharapova - a career in pictures * Sharapova fails test on meldonium - what is it? But if I was ever going to announce my retirement it would not be in this downtown Los Angeles hotel with this fairly ugly carpet."In a statement, the the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) said Sharapova will be provisionally suspended with effect from March 12 pending determination of the case."Ms Sharapova has accepted the finding of meldonium in her sample collected on 26 January," it said.Sharapova said on Monday that she recently received a letter saying she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open. * Five women's drug scandals that shook sport "I don't want to end my career this way. She said she tested positive for meldonium and that she did not look at a list of banned substances for 2016 that the World Anti-Doping Agency had sent last December."I was first given the substance back in 2006.