Capriati gets ready for match to `Bombs Over Baghdad'
March 25, 2003
SportsLine.com wire reports
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- At Jennifer Capriati's request, the 1999 Outkast song Bombs Over Baghdad was played on the stadium public-address system before her most recent match at the Nasdaq-100 Open.
"I like the song, and I wanted to support the troops," Capriati said Tuesday through WTA Tour spokesman.
Stadium court producer Bob Ruf said he previewed the rap song and was reluctant to play it. Ruf then listened to the song with a tour official, and they found a one-minute segment that they decided wouldn't offend anyone.
The chorus to the song goes: "Don't pull the thang out unless you plan to bang, bombs over Baghdad. ... Don't even bang unless you plan to hit something, bombs over Baghdad."
A Nasdaq official said the tournament received no complaints about the song. Capriati beat fellow American Sarah Taylor in the match Monday, 6-1, 6-0.
Andy Roddick requested the Bruce Springsteen hit Born in the USA for one of his matches earlier in the tournament.