Tennis legend and ESPN broadcaster Chris Evert said on Friday she was diagnosed with stage one ovarian cancer last month.
‘I wanted to share my stage one ovarian cancer diagnosis and the story behind it as a way to help others,’ the 67-year-old, who was the world number one women’s singles player seven times, wrote on Twitter.
‘I feel very lucky that they caught it early and expect positive results from my chemo plan.’
In an article on ESPN, Evert said a malignant tumor was discovered during a preventive hysterectomy early last month.
A second operation revealed that the cancer had been removed during the hysterectomy and had not spread.
Chris Evert, pictured, attends the 30TH Annual Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic Gala & Dinner at Boca Raton Resort & Club on November 23, 2019
Chris Evert at the French Open, left, and in action during semifinals match vs USA Billie Jean King at All England Club, London, at Wimbledon in 1975, right
Chris Evert shaking hands with England Sue Barker at net after winning tournament at Madison Square Garden. New York, in 1977
Following chemotherapy, her doctor said there was a better than a 90 percent chance the cancer would never return.
‘I don’t remember being that happy in years!’ Evert said after getting the news from her doctor.
She won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles, and was the year-end world number one singles player seven times.
Overall, Evert won 157 singles titles and 32 doubles titles.
Evert’s younger sister, former pro tennis player Jeanne Evert Dubin, died after a battle with ovarian cancer in 2020 at the age of 62.
Dubin’s cancer had spread before it was detected.
‘I wanted to share my stage one ovarian cancer diagnosis and the story behind it as a way to help others,’ the 67-year-old wrote on Twitter
Chris Evert, who just announced she has stage one ovarian cancer, commentates on day 10 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in July
Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain poses with the Chris Evert and Billie Jean King after defeating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia during the Women’s Singles Final on Day 8 of 2021
‘When I go into chemo, she is my inspiration,’ Evert said in the article.
‘I’ll be thinking of her. And she’ll get me through it.’
Evert has been working as a broadcaster covering tennis for ESPN since retiring from the sport.
‘Thanks to all of you for respecting my need to focus on my health and treatment plan,’ she tweeted.
‘You will see me appear from home at times during ESPN’s coverage of the Aussie Open.’
Evert will be covering the Australian Open remotely for the duration of the her treatment.