Slam legend Max Mirnyi reportedly had eight-hour surgery to remove brain tumor

Mirnyi, 46, was reportedly diagnosed with a brain tumor last month.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Slam legend Max Mirnyi reportedly had eight-hour surgery to remove brain tumor
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2012 Olympics mixed doubles gold medal winner Max Mirnyi reportedly had surgery to remove a brain tumor. According to Belarusian outlet Smart Press, 46-year-old Mirnyi started experiencing headaches over a month ago. After visiting the doctor, an MRI showed a brain tumor. 

Per the report, Mirnyi underwent an eight-hour-long surgery to remove the tumor. Also, the report states that the surgery was conducted in Minsk and that it went very well. Since Mirnyi resides in the United States, he reportedly also left Belarus to continue further treatment in the States. 

Mirnyi won a total of 10 Grand Slam titles in doubles

Mirnyi enjoyed a highly successful doubles career, having won six Grand Slam titles in men's doubles and four in mixed doubles. Also, former doubles world No. 1 Mirnyi won the 2012 London Olympics mixed doubles event with Victoria Azarenka. After winning a total of 52 doubles titles, Mirnyi put an end to his career after the 2018 season.

"I have come to a decision that the 2018 season was my last year competing professionally. It was a very difficult choice for me to make as tennis has been my life ever since I can remember myself. I was fortunate to achieve far beyond what a little boy from Minsk, Belarus, could have dreamed of. And lastly, I wish to thank and hug all of my fans who gave me love and support, who cheered with me in moments of glory but more importantly those that lifted me time and time again at different part of the world when matches and tournaments were lost and times were tough. You gave me the strength and motivation to wake up and keep working. I will never forget what it is like to play in front of you, be it on the practice court or a packed house. Going forward, it’s time for me to move on with my life and accept new challenges. I will miss the game greatly, but for certain I will continue to follow it closely and love it from the sidelines.” Mirnyi told the ATP website after the 2018 season ended.

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