Tennis legend Chris Evert reveals he has ovarian cancer

Chris Evert made the announcement on his social networks on Friday, feeling confident about his chances of recovery.

Former American tennis champion Chris Evert, winner of 18 Grand Slam titles in the years 70-80, announced to be suffering from ovarian cancer, Friday on his Twitter account. “I wanted to announce that I have been diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer. I feel very lucky that it was caught in time and I am waiting for positive results from my treatment chemotherapeutic “, wrote Evert, aged 67 years.

” Please respect my need to focus on my health and treatment. You will see me appear from home at times during ESPN’s Australian Open coverage”, concluded the one who is a consultant for the sports media giant.

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— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) January 15 , 20222022 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 started the first of her six chemotherapy sessions this week.

Her younger sister Jeanne Evert Dubin, also a former professional tennis player, died at 18 years old in February 2020, ovarian cancer. ” When I go to chemo, she is my inspiration. She will help me overcome this ordeal “, confided Chris Evert who underwent surgery a second time on 13 December, the initial hysterectomy having revealed the presence of malignant cells and a tumor originating from the fallopian tube. Left fallopian.

After this second operation, the pathological examinations came back negative: the cancer was removed. After chemotherapy, “there is a greater 90% chance” than his cancer never comes back, assured him his surgeon.

Chris Evert, who wished to testify ” in order to help other” women, is one of the greatest tennis players in history, known for her precise game, his composure and his rivalry with Martina Navratilova on the courts. Never ranked below fourth place in the world between 1972 and 1989 , Evert has won 90 singles titles with the highest winning percentage in history for both men and women (90,05 %).