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April 08, 2002
A friend indeed: Even though Jennifer Capriati (right) didn't come away from the NASDAQ-100 Open with a championship—she lost in last Saturday's final to Serena Williams, 7-5, 7-6—at least she can say she had the glitziest cheering section. Friends star Matthew Perry was a conspicuous presence in Capriati's entourage at the tournament. In addition to sitting in the stands with Capriati's parents throughout the week, Perry also was seen carrying the tennis star's bags and squiring her around Key Biscayne, Fla., in her Ferrari (a recent gift from Fila, for which she's a spokesperson). When asked about the relationship, Capriati said, "He's just a friend." Then, smiling and making a quotation mark gesture with her fingers, she added, "Yeah, 'friend.' We've been hanging out a little." Of course, since Perry was a highly-ranked junior tennis player in Canada in his younger days, the two could just be planning on some mixed doubles. Yeah, "mixed doubles."
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April 08, 2002

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A friend indeed: Even though Jennifer Capriati (right) didn't come away from the NASDAQ-100 Open with a championship—she lost in last Saturday's final to Serena Williams, 7-5, 7-6—at least she can say she had the glitziest cheering section. Friends star Matthew Perry was a conspicuous presence in Capriati's entourage at the tournament. In addition to sitting in the stands with Capriati's parents throughout the week, Perry also was seen carrying the tennis star's bags and squiring her around Key Biscayne, Fla., in her Ferrari (a recent gift from Fila, for which she's a spokesperson). When asked about the relationship, Capriati said, "He's just a friend." Then, smiling and making a quotation mark gesture with her fingers, she added, "Yeah, 'friend.' We've been hanging out a little." Of course, since Perry was a highly-ranked junior tennis player in Canada in his younger days, the two could just be planning on some mixed doubles. Yeah, "mixed doubles."

... Does Apolo Ohno know comedy? (Hey, we already know he can do a fall.) Apparently so. Last week the speed skater made his acting debut by filming a bit for JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, a Candid Camera-esque comedy show on the WB. In the segment (which will air in May), Kennedy, disguised as a limo driver, picks up Ohno and his friend David Creswell in order to drive them to a photo shoot. Kennedy then reveals his incompetence as a chauffeur through a series of gags: getting lost, smoking in the car, threatening to drive the vehicle off a cliff, etc. Ohno, who's in on the joke, stays deadpan throughout until he finally lets Creswell know what's going on. Said Kennedy of Ohno's performance, "He kept a straight face, plus he's a good-looking kid. He could have a future in acting." Anyone who saw the 1,500-meter short-track final in Salt Lake could have told you that.

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