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Capriati facing charges for ‘punching’ ex-boyfriend

tennis Updated: Mar 12, 2013 00:42 IST

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Former tennis World No. 1 Jennifer Capriati is facing battery charges and possible arrest after being accused of stalking and punching an ex-boyfriend on Valentine’s Day.

The three-time Grand Slam champion had an altercation with Ivan Brannan at the Oxygen Health & Wellness gym in North Palm Beach, Florida on February 14, the local police department said.

While Brannan was working out, Capriati, 36, “started screaming” at him before punching him “with a closed fist four times in the chest,” a police report said.

A yoga instructor then stopped the former tennis pro from continuing to punch Brannan and the 28-year-old managed to lock himself in the men’s locker room and call 911.

The former Florida State University golfer had red marks on his chest from the incident, according to the police report. While filling out an affidavit, “his hands were physically shaking,” it added. “It was very apparent that he was in fear of physical harm.”

Brannan, who dated Capriati from May 2011 to February 2012, told police that she began harassing and stalking him shortly after the couple broke up. He also later brought officers documentation of seven other altercations with the former tennis pro.

The North Palm Beach Police Department in Florida subsequently requested an arrest warrant for Capriati, though it has not yet been issued by the court. A publicist for Capriati issued a statement on Friday stressing that the case “has not yet been assigned in Palm Beach County and has not been reviewed.”

Capriati was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year but her career was overshadowed by personal problems, including incidents of shoplifting and drugs.