Jennifer Capriati Recovering From Drug Overdose ... Or Something Else?

Cynthia Dermody
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Jennifer CapriatiSince being rushed to the hospital Sunday morning for what is being called an unintentional drug overdose, speculation now abounds as to whether former tennis star Jennifer Capriati attempted to commit suicide.

According to TMZ, the family of the three-time Major winner and 1992 Olympic gold medalist accidentally overdosed on drugs prescribed to her by doctors. No word on what the drug was, or who found her.

Capriati continues to remain in St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach and was reported still in stable condition today.

Capriati, 34, has struggled with drug abuse and depression before, and who could blame her, with the rigorous training and upbringing she endured as a child to become one of the most successful child tennis stars ever.

At 17 she was caught shoplifting and a few months later arrested for possession of pot. You can also add eating disorders to that list of self-destructiveness. Whenever I read a story like this, it serves as a reminder of what can happen when we push our children too hard, or force them to embrace dreams that are not their own.

She told the Daily News in 2007:

When I stopped playing, that's when all this came crumbling down. If I don't have [tennis], who am I? What am I? I was just alive because of this. I've had to ask, 'Well, who is Jennifer? What if this is gone now?' I can't live off of this the rest of my life.

After a two-year hiatus from tennis, Capriati returned to the sport. The peak of her comeback came with her three Major victories in 2001 and 2002, reports TMZ.

Some 21 million Americans suffer from clinical depression.

Image via Jennifer Capriati/Facebook

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