Where is Jennifer Capriati now and who plays her in King Richard?

Bruno Cooke November 22, 2021
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Like Serena and Venus Williams, as well as Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova, former Women’s Tennis Association No 1 Jennifer Capriati was coached by Rick Macci. Which actress plays her in King Richard, and what is Jennifer Capriati doing now?

Who plays Jennifer Capriati in King Richard?

American biographical drama film King Richard follows the life of Richard Williams, father and coach to Venus and Serena Williams – the sisters executive produced.

In the film, Jessica Wacnik portrays Jennifer Capriati, who jostled with Serena and Venus during the late 1990s and early 2000s for the title of Women’s Tennis Association Number 1. 

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King Richard | Official Trailer

King Richard | Official Trailer

Wacnik has just one acting credit, according to IMDB: King Richard. She is, however, a former professional tennis player herself. Wocnik’s highest rank in singles tennis was 485, per Tennis Explorer; in doubles it was 324. 

She appears to have stopped playing competitively in 2018.

Jessica Wacnik apparently spent “years emulating Jennifer Capriati’s strokes” and “tracing her autograph on a poster” on her wall – now she gets to portray her on the big screen.

How old is Jennifer Capriati now?

Born 1976 in New York, Jennifer Capriati is now 45 years old. 

She set a number of youngest-ever records early on in her career, making her professional debut at the age of 13. Capriati reached the semifinals during her French Open debut and was a top 10 player aged just 14.

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In 2012, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She was just 36.

Two years later, in 2014, CNN reported that the ex-tennis star had completed 30 years of community service and four hours of anger management counselling for an incident that took place earlier that year.

What is her net worth?

Rumours apparently circulated in 2015 that Jennifer Capriati would make a comeback. However, it never happened. 

A year later, when Maria Sharapova tested positive for a banned substance, Capriati took to Twitter to air her grievances.

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“I’m extremely angry and disappointed”, she wrote on March 7, 2016. “I had to lose my career and never opted to cheat no matter what.i had to throw in the towel and suffer”

Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Jennifer Capriati currently has a net worth of about $6 million. However, this is an estimate and should be treated as such.

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Bruno is a postgraduate student studying global journalism, with research interests in the intersection of the media, storytelling, culture and politics. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Packs Light and Forge Press, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com. He is a Student Ambassador for Tortoise Media, a big fan of Freddie Mercury and a novelist – his debut novel, Reveries, is available on Amazon.