Tennis legend Chris Evert announced on Friday that he was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer.
“I feel very lucky that they caught it early and I’m looking forward to positive results from my chemo plan,” Evert, 67, wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Thank you all for respecting my need to focus on my health and my treatment plan.”
Evert, a tennis analyst for ESPN, said she would “appear from home sometimes” during the sports network’s coverage of the Australian Open tournament, which begins Monday.
Evert opened up about the diagnosis of ovarian cancer – which his sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, died aged 62 in 2020 – in an essay co-written by his longtime friend, ESPN reporter Chris McKendry , also shared on Friday.
It was discovered following a preventative hysterectomy, she said.
“I have lived a very enchanted life. Now I have challenges ahead of me. But, I take comfort knowing that the chemotherapy is to make sure the cancer doesn’t come back,” said Evert, who retired from professional tennis in 1989 after winning 18 Grand Slam singles titles and three titles. two fold.
“As someone who has always had control over my life, I have no idea how I will react to chemotherapy,” the mother-of-three added. “I have to give in to something higher.”