Women’s tennis legend Chris Evert, 67, reveals she had ovarian cancer last month and will undergo chemotherapy
- Former number one women’s tennis player in the world Chris Evert said on Friday that she developed stage one ovarian cancer last month.
- In an article on ESPN, Evert said that a malignant tumor was discovered early last month during a preventive hysterectomy
- A second operation revealed that the cancer had been removed during the hysterectomy and had not spread
- After chemotherapy, the tennis legend said her doctor told her there was a more than 90 percent chance the cancer would never return.
- Evert’s younger sister, former professional tennis player Jeanne Evert Dubin, died in 2020 at age 62 after battling ovarian cancer
- The 67-year-old won 18 Grand Slam singles titles during her career and is now a tennis broadcaster for ESPN
Tennis legend and ESPN broadcaster Chris Evert said Friday that she developed stage one ovarian cancer last month.
“I wanted to share my stage one ovarian cancer diagnosis and the story behind it to help others,” the 67-year-old, who has been the world number one in women’s singles seven times, wrote on Twitter.
“I’m very lucky to have them early and expect positive results from my chemo plan.”
In an article on ESPN, Evert said a malignant tumor was discovered early last month during a preventive hysterectomy.
A second surgery 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 the semifinal match against USA Billie Jean King at the All England Club, London, at Wimbledon in 1975, right
Chris Evert shakes hands with England Sue Barker at the net after winning a tournament at Madison Square Garden. New York, in 1977
After chemotherapy, her doctor said there was a more than 90 percent chance that the cancer would never return.
“I can’t remember being this happy in years!” said Evert after getting the news from her doctor.
She won 18 Grand Slam championships in singles and three titles in doubles, and was the world number one in singles seven times at the end of the year.
In total Evert won 157 titles in singles and 32 in doubles.
Evert’s younger sister, former professional tennis player Jeanne Evert Dubin, died in 2020 at the age of 62 after a battle with ovarian cancer.
Dubin’s cancer had spread before it was discovered.
“I wanted to share my stage one ovarian cancer diagnosis and the story behind it to help others,” the 67-year-old wrote on Twitter.
Chris Evert, who just announced she has stage one ovarian cancer, comments 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 Chris Evert and Billie Jean King after beating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the Women’s Singles Final on Day 8 of 2021
‘When I go into chemo, she is my inspiration,’ says Evert in the article.
‘I’ll think of her. And she will help me through it.’
Evert has been working as a tennis broadcaster for ESPN since he retired.
“Thank you all for respecting my need to focus on my health and treatment plan,” she tweeted.
“You will occasionally see me from home during ESPN’s coverage of the Aussie Open.”
Evert will cover the Australian Open remotely for the duration of her treatment.