Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert said on Friday that her cancer has returned and she will not broadcast the Australian Open for ESPN while undergoing treatment.
“Since I was first diagnosed with cancer two years ago, I’ve been very open about my experience. I wanted to give all of you an update. My cancer is back. While this is a diagnosis I never wanted to hear, I once again feel fortunate that it was caught early,” Evert said in a statement released by ESPN.
“Based on a PET CT scan, I underwent another robotic surgery this past week. Doctors found cancer cells in the same pelvic region. All cells were removed, and I have begun another round of chemotherapy.”
The 68-year-old Evert was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December of 2021.
Evert is an 18-time grand slam singles champion. The Australian Open begins next month.
“I will be unable to join my colleagues when ESPN makes its return to Melbourne for the Australian Open next month. But I’ll be ready for the rest of the grand slam season! I encourage everyone to know your family history and advocate for yourself. Early detection saves lives,” she added.
Written with inputs from AP/PTI