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Jennifer Capriati faces charges for attacking ex-boyfriend

The former world number one has been charged following a Valentine’s Day altercation in a gym.

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FORMER TENNIS WORLD number one Jennifer Capriati will appear in court next month to face allegations that she stalked an ex-boyfriend and punched him on Valentine’s Day.

Capriati was charged with stalking and with battery over an alleged incident on 14 February in which she had an altercation with Ivan Brannan at a gym in North Palm Beach, Florida, court records show.

A police report said that while Brannan was working out, 36-year-old Capriati “started screaming” at him and punched him four times in the chest “with a closed fist.”

After a yoga instructor intervened, Brannan locked himself in the men’s locker room and called emergency services. He told police Capriati had been harassing him since they broke up in February 2012. They had been dating for more than a year.

The three-time Grand Slam champion, who won Olympic gold in Barcelona in 1992, has not been arrested. She is due to appear in court on 17 April.

A publicist for Capriati has dismissed as an “over-exaggeration” the facts in the police report based on Brannan’s account.

- © AFP, 2013

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