Jennifer Capriati Overdose? Former Tennis Star In Trouble Again
Former tennis star and reclamation project Jennifer Capriati found herself in trouble again as TMZ.com broke the story that Capriati was rushed to the hospital for a drug overdose Sunday night.
This is nothing new for the 34-year-old WTA player that rocketed to stardom nearly 20 years ago. Now it appears Capriati has unfortunately fallen off the wagon in her continued battle with drugs.
The details are still sketchy as TMZ.com just posted the headline that Capriati was rushed to the hospital overnight after an overdose at a Riviera Beach, Florida hotel. There was no denial as Capriati's father Stefano said his daughter is resting comfortably in the hospital.
Capriati, who broke into the professional ranks just before her 14th birthday in 1990, ran into her first legal trouble in 1993. After losing in the first round of the U.S. Open that year, Capriati was busted for shoplifting (for a measly $35). It set off a bad chain of events.
Capriati ran into legal trouble again a year later. She was arrested for marijuana possession in early 1994. She was 18 years old at the time and became notorious for the young, troublemaker athlete.
It's Not All Bad
Capriati was a Sports Illustrated cover girl weeks after her first professional event. She reached the semifinals of the French Open as a 14-year-old and advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open and Wimbledon that year. At 14, she finished the year ranked eighth in the world.
In 1992, Capriati defeated the world's top player Steffi Graf to win the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona as a 16-year-old.
Don't Call It A Comeback...
....okay call it a comeback.
Eleven years after breaking into professional tennis as a teenager, Capriati finally reached the top of the mountain.
In 2001, five years after returning to tennis full time in 1996, she captured the first two Grand Slam titles of her career. She won the Australian Open and the French Open in 2001, the latter won as the No. 12 seed.
She kept the momentum going in 2002 when she won her second straight Australian Open.
Hang 'em Up
Capriati, who won 14 singles titles and one doubles title in her career, left tennis for good in 2005 following knee surgery.
There had been talk of a comeback, but Capriati diffused those rumors and never appeared on the WTA again after late 2004.