American tennis icon Chris Evert has announced that her cancer has returned and that she won't be a part of ESPN's coverage of the 2024 Australian Open. Evert, a former 18-time Grand Slam champion, was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2021 December.
Evert, 68, won her first battle with cancer but unfortunately she is now set for the same battle. The first time, Evert caught the cancer early. This time, Evert also caught the cancer early as the doctors found cancer cells in the same pelvic region.
Those cancer cells have already been surgically removed and Evert has already started another round of chemotherapy.
Evert announces her cancer has return
"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. 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. 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. Be thankful for your health this holiday season," Evert said in a statement, via ESPN PR.
In 2020, Evert's sister Jeanne sadly passed away at 62 after battling ovarian cancer.
Just a year after her sister passed away, Evert was diagnosed with the same type of cancer. After her first ovarian cancer diagnosis, Evert revealed the tests showed that she and her sister were both positive for the same BRCA-1 variant, which increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Hopefully, Evert will again win her battle and return to doing tennis commentary.