Tennis: ex-world number 1 Chris Evert suffers from cancer

American Chris Evert (67 years old), winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, announced that she had ovarian cancer. She started the first of her six chemotherapy sessions.

“Thank you for respecting my need to focus on my health and my treatment.” The former American tennis champion, Chris Evert (67 years old), winner of 62 Grand Slam titles in years 1970-80, announced that she had ovarian cancer on Friday on Twitter.

“I wanted to announce that I was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer. I feel very lucky that he was spotted in time and am awaiting positive results from my chemotherapy treatment,” Evert wrote. “You will see me appear from my home at certain times during the coverage of the Australian Open by ESPN”, concluded the one who is a consultant for the giant of the sports media.

She wants to “help other women”

On the channel’s website, Chris Evert has also given more details about the fight she is leading. Her cancer, specifically stage 1C, which means it is in one or both ovaries, was discovered following a preventive hysterectomy in early December. It was not detected elsewhere in his body. She began the first of six chemotherapy sessions this week. Her younger sister Jeanne Evert Dubin, also a former professional tennis player, died at 62 years old in February 2020, ovarian cancer.

“When I go to chemo, she is my inspiration. She will help me overcome this ordeal,” said Chris Evert who was operated on a second time on December, the initial hysterectomy having revealed the presence of malignant cells and a tumor coming from left fallopian tube. After this second intervention, the pathological examinations came back negative: the cancer was removed.

After the chemotherapy, “there are more 90% chance” that his cancer will never come back, his surgeon assured him. Chris Evert, who wanted to testify “to help other” women, is one of the greatest tennis players in history, known for her precise game, her composure and her rivalry with Martina Navratilova on the courts . Never ranked below fourth in the world between 1972 and 1989, Evert won 157 singles titles, with the highest winning percentage in history, men and women combined (90,05 %).