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But who were the most controversial tennis players in history? Sometimes players become controversial because of their words or actions. Sometimes they become innocent victims of controversy because of their situation.
Jennifer Capriati, at 14 only a couple of years older than the ballgirls at Roland Garros Stadium, was beaten in the French Open semifinals Thursday by a more experienced player, one For Capriati, there is an up side to her nearly two weeks in Paris. Take eighth-grade history class, for instance.
No American woman other than year-old Serena Williams or year-old Venus Williams has won a major singles championship since Jennifer Capriati at the Australian Open. A child can learn how to hold a racket and begin playing the game on a smaller, foot court. A top professional can prepare for the Australian Open on the same type of surface used in Melbourne.
Jennifer Capriati is an eternal source of gossip from the tour. Shoplifter, drug-user, Dad from the Sopranos. And, apparently, porn-star boyfriend, according to Tennis-X.
Maybe this occurred because the much-anticipated semifinal between Juan Carlos Ferrero and Gustavo Kuerten was sorely lacking in suspense. There were clues pointing to fiction. She walked without a limp and reported the knee was fine.
The following correction was printed in the Guardian's Corrections and Clarifications column, Friday June 20 Rachel Heyhoe Flint may have run after a hockey puck at some time in her life, but she is known chiefly for her expertise at cricket. In addition, field hockey uses a ball; ice hockey uses a puck.