Sport: Jennifer Capriati: The Next Chris Evert?

Jennifer Capriati, 13, makes a smashing pro debut

The ancient Greeks promoted the ideal of the well-rounded person, a soundly trained mind in a soundly trained body, tempering ambition with recreation, mingling contemplation and combat. But then the Greeks didn't have endorsement contracts. It is all well and good to talk about waiting until one's eligibility -- uh, education -- is completed, but when an eighth-grader can sign sponsorship deals worth potentially $1 million a year, what's the real point of further schooling? It might provide some cultural grounding and social polish, but the purpose is plainly not to qualify for a well-paying job.

One wonders, for example, if...

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