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Fernandez remembered for her trademark zeal on the court

From a moody, undisciplined player, to one of the most zealous competitors to ever step foot on the court, Gigi Fernandez became the pride of Puerto Rican sports and relished every moment of it.

Updated: September 30, 2008, 5:46 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

It's a quick two-hour flight from Gigi Fernandez's current base in Orlando to her homeland of Puerto Rico. Of late, it's a flight she's taken with increasingly frequency.

More than a decade after retiring from professional tennis, Fernandez is devoting the bulk of her time to opening a health and wellness center in Puerto Rico. The 44-year-old Fernandez can't say much about the new venture now, but as was the case with her tennis, she's approaching it with trademark zeal. After ...

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