Chris Evert was diagnosed with cancer

In a Twitter post linking one ESPN article Evert co-authored with ESPN reporter Chris McKendry, Evert said she wanted to share her diagnosis and story “as a way to help others.”
“I feel very lucky that they caught it early and expect positive results from my chemo plan,” wrote Evert a declaration posted on Twitter. “Thank you all for respecting my need to focus on my health and treatment plan.”

Evert, 67, added that she will occasionally show up from home during ESPN’s coverage of the Australian Open, which begins on January 17.

Following Evert’s announcement, Australian Opens official Twitter account written, “Thinking of you here and wishing you a speedy and full recovery.”
“We are all with you and behind you Chrissie, you are a true champion and I have no doubt that you will conquer this ugly opponent,” another tennis great and longtime rival to Evert, Martina Navratilova, wrote. The rivalry between the two women, which began in 1973 and lasted about 15 years, has been called the greatest in sports history. The two met in 14 major finals.

Evert is no stranger to tough competitions and wins.

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1954, Evert climbed up to the nationally ranked No. 1 player in the girls’ 14-under division when she was 14 years old. When she was 15, she defeated the then No. 1 ranked player in the world, Margaret Court, in a Charlotte, North Carolina, tournament.

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Evert became a professional when she turned 18 on December 21, 1972. Several months later, she faced – and defeated – Navratilova for the first time in a women’s professional event in Akron, Ohio.

Just four years into his professional career, Evert became the first female athlete to earn $ 1 million in career prize money.

She became that too first female athlete to host “Saturday Night Live,” in 1989, the same year she retired. Six years later, Evert became a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and became the fourth player to be elected unanimously.

Evert has 157 singles titles and was number 1 in the world for seven years: 1974 through 1978, 1980 and 1981.

She became a commentator and analyst for ESPN in 2011, a role she still holds today. Evert has three sons: Colton, Nicholas and Alexander.

She’s driving now Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Florida, according to ESPN.


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