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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Former Teen Tennis Stars Give Capriati Some Advice

PARIS -- Tracy Austin and Pam Shriver, former wunderkinds routed in their first French Open matches in more than a decade, said school and friends are the best antidotes to the burnout and personal problems plaguing young superstars. Austin and Shriver, both 31, told reporters they did not hold the tennis establishment responsible for Jennifer Capriati's current drug problem. The young star was arrested last week and has entered a drug rehabilitation center in Florida. "The tennis world has a responsibility to help players enjoy a long, successful career, but that doesn't mean it has to start at 14," Shriver said after her first-round loss to fellow American Marianne Werdel. Capriati, 18, who left the women's tour last fall, turned pro at 13 years, 11 months -- the youngest ever. Both Austin and Shriver turned pro at 16. Austin was the youngest player to hit the million-dollar mark. Shriver reached the third round at Wimbledon at 15, and reached the finals of the U.S. Open at 16 in 1978. Both veterans urged Capriati to put tennis out of her mind and concentrate on putting her life back together. "I felt shocked and sad, but maybe this will make her seek help," said Austin, whose comeback hopes were dashed Tuesday by a loss in straight sets to Germany's Marketa Kochta.