Jennifer Capriati headlines 2012 Tennis Hall class

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After dropping off the scene, she returned to the sport in 1996. Five years later, she reached those lofty expectations that were thrust upon her, beating past champions Seles, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis en route to the 2001 Australian Open title and her first top-10 ranking in seven years.

She was selected as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year later that year. The comeback didn’t stop there — she followed that by capturing the French Open and was the only player to reach at least the semis in all four Grand Slams that year.

The highlight match of her career — and maybe one of the top performances in the game — was the 2002 Australian Open when she trailed Hingis 4-6, 0-4 before rallying to a three-set victory.

She won a gold medal for the United States at Barcelona in 1992. Her career ended in 2004 with a 430-176 record.

Kuerten was No. 1 in the world for 43 weeks and the clay-court specialist captured French Open titles in 1997, 2000 and ‘01.

“I believe it’s the surface you have to suffer more,” the 35-year old Brazilian said. “You have to be out there for many hours. You have to use every weapon you can and fight like a warrior. It’s fun to try.”

During his speech he joked about being enshrined along with Capriati.

Jennifer, I don’t want to compare my career to yours, otherwise they’d think about having me,” he said.

Orantes, elected in the Master Player category, reached No. 2 in the world in 1973. The 63-year old Spanish star stayed in the top 10 for five straight years.

Davies was elected in the contributor category. He held executive positions with various tennis organizations and was a driving force behind the game’s move to network television, instituting rules offering breaks for commercials to make the game more appealing to the networks.

“We basically tried to do things in a professional show business,” the 76-year old said. “It was during our time we were basically able to get on TV.”

Snow, who passed away in November 2009, won 22 major tournaments. His father, Tom, accepted on his late son’s behalf.

Randy’s hero was Brad Parks,” Snow’s father said, referring to the Hall’s first wheelchair entrant, enshrined in 2010.

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