(AFP) Former American tennis player Chris Evert, champion of 18 Grand Slam tournaments, reported on Friday that She was diagnosed for the second time with ovarian cancer and will take a break from her work as a television commentator.
“While this is a diagnosis that I never wanted to hear, once again I feel fortunate that it was detected in time,” Evert said in a statement broadcast by the ESPN network and which she republished on the social network X (formerly Twitter). .
“I had another robotic surgery last week. Doctors found cancer cells in the same pelvic region. All my cells were removed and I have started another round of chemotherapy,” she explained.
Evert, 68, revealed in January 2022 that she had stage 1 ovarian cancer. Twelve months later she announced that she had recovered and that there was a 90% chance that the cancer would not return.
On Friday, the American announced that she will take a break from her work as an ESPN commentator and that she will not participate in the January coverage of the Australian Open, the first major tournament of the year.
“But I will be ready for the rest of the Grand Slam season,” said the American.
Evert was a dominant figure in women’s tennis in the 1970s and early 1980s with a total of 157 WTA singles titles.
Her rivalry with Martina Navratilova, which included 14 matches in Grand Slam finals, is one of the most remembered in the history of the sport.
Since her retirement, Evert worked as a television analyst and also served as a mentor to young tennis players.