Jennifer Capriati Overdose: Prescription Drugs Blamed, Says Rep

Jennifer Capriati from the United States returns the ball to Magui Serna from Spain, Sept. 1, 2004. Capriati won in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. AP

Jennifer Capriati from the United States returns the ball to Magui Serna from Spain at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York Wednesday Sept. 1, 2004. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(CBS) Jennifer Capriati's spokesperson is calling it an "accidental overdose," but the circumstances surrounding the former tennis star's early morning rush to a Florida hospital remain murky.

Lacey Wickline, told ESPN that the former top-ranked tennis player is recovering after an accident involving prescription medication. She would not say how Capriati was found or who called emergency services.

The 34-year-old is in stable condition and a full recovery is expected, according to the Associated Press.

The tennis pro's father told TMZ.com that his daughter, who used to be called the "Can't Miss Kid", is recovering well.

Capriati earned $1million from tennis before turning 16. She dropped out of the sport in the mid-nineties, then made a championship-winning return in 2002, reports the British paper The Daily Mail

But along with her super girl reputation on the court came a reputation for self-injury through eating disorders, pot, shop-lifting, and depression.

"When I stopped playing, that's when all this came crumbling down," Capriati told the New York Daily News in 2007. "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."

  • Aina Hunter

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