Jennifer Capriati, who won the 2002 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year and a Laureus award for the second year running, could not attend due to her commitments at the Tennis Masters Series in Rome. She accepted her Laureus from fellow tennis celebrity and Laureus World Sports Academy member Martina Navratilova via satellite link up
"Thank you so much. Oh, this is truly an honour, thank you. I wish I could be there with you all. I tried to make best of it, I even got all dressed up here before I just get in my jammies in about ten minutes here. But last year was great, you know, it was unexpected that I got the Award last year, and then I went on and did better things, and I didn't think it could get much better than that, and it's proven that it can, and every time after this time I seem to do better things, so hopefully it'll happen again this year. And thank you for everyone that voted for me. I mean, it's a great honour and really I'm truly humbled in this experience, and thank you all again. Goodnight."