Former No. 1 in the world Chris Evert has been diagnosed with stage one ovarian cancer.
“I wanted to share my stage 1 diagnosis of ovarian cancer and the story behind it as a way to help others,” the 67-year-old 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 preventative hysterectomy early last month.
Another operation showed that the cancer had been removed during the hysterectomy and had not spread.
After chemotherapy, her doctor said there was a better than 90 percent chance the cancer would never return.
“I do not remember being so happy for years!” said Evert after receiving the news from his doctor.
Evert’s younger sister, former professional 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 discovered.
“When I go into chemo, she’s my inspiration,” Evert said in the article.
“I want to think about her. And she wants to get me through it.”
Evert won 18 grand slam singles titles during his career and is now a television station covering tennis for ESPN.
“Thank you all for respecting my need to focus on my health and treatment plan,” she tweeted.
“You will sometimes see me show up from home during ESPN’s coverage of the Aussie Open.”