Former top-ranked tennis player Jennifer Capriati has been rushed to hospital with a suspected drug overdose. TMZ was the first to report the 34-year-old was taken to a hospital by emergency services after a call came in from a Riviera Beach, Florida, hotel. TMZ also spoke to her father, who told them Jennifer is “recovering well” in hospital.
The world’s former number one female tennis player has received just as much media attention for her antics on court, just as off the court.
A child prodigy dubbed “The Can’t Miss Kid”, Jennifer was pushed into an early career in professional tennis. Turning pro at the tender age of 13, Jennifer, who always wanted to be a normal kid, began rebelling. She turned her back on tennis in 1992, the same year she won an Olympic gold medal.
Jennifer went from being a respected and talented athlete to a self-loathing individual. After quitting tennis she gained lots of weight, and admitted to having suicidal thoughts. In 1993 she was caught shoplifting, only to be arrested for marijuana possession a few months later.
After her time out, Jennifer went back on the circuit. After a slow start, she went on to win 14 championships, including four Grand Slam tournaments. She was ranked #1 in the world in 2001.
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