He is an 18-time Grand Slam champion but Chris Evert has revealed that he is facing a challenge he never expected.
Eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert said on Friday that he had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, adding that he had decided to share the news in the hope of helping others.
“I wanted to share my stage 1 ovarian cancer diagnosis as a way to help others,” Evert wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.
“I feel very lucky to have caught it early and expect positive results from my chemo plan.
“Thank you all for respecting my need to focus on my health and treatment plans. You will occasionally see me from home during ESPN coverage of the Aussie Open.”
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Evert, 67, elaborated on her diagnosis in an article posted on ESPN’s website, which noted that in many cases ovarian cancer cannot be detected until later, at a less treatable stage.
Evert’s younger sister, Jean Evert Dubin, died of the same disease in February 2020 at the age of 62.
This October, Evert discovered through advanced genetic testing that he too was at risk and was diagnosed with cancer in December, according to an ESPN article co-written by the tennis legend.
He started first in six planned rounds of chemotherapy and was not diagnosed with cancer anywhere else in his body.
“I have lived a very fascinating life,” Evert noted. “Now I have some challenges ahead of me. But I am relieved to have chemotherapy to make sure the cancer doesn’t come back. ” Evert was an influential figure in women’s tennis in the 1970s, winning 157 WTA singles titles and reaching at least the semifinals in 52 of the 56 Grand Slam tournaments where she played.
Her two-handed backhand and ruthless precision from the baseline have influenced a generation of female players. His rivalry with Martina Navratilova, extending from 1973 to 1988 and with 14 Grand Slam final encounters, is one of the best in the history of the sport.
Since retiring, Evert has worked as a television commentator, and he has also been a mentor to talented young players to navigate the early stages of their WTA careers.