Iga Swiatek's message to Chris Evert following tennis icon's cancer diagnosis

Swiatek reacts to Evert announcing her cancer has returned.

by Dzevad Mesic
Iga Swiatek's message to Chris Evert following tennis icon's cancer diagnosis
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World No 1 Iga Swiatek is encouraging tennis icon Chris Evert to stay strong amid the news that the former 18-time Grand Slam champion is again battling cancer. Evert, 68, announced in late 2021 that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Evert, who won her first battle with cancer, announced last week that her cancer has returned. Evert has already had surgery to remove cancer cells found in the same pelvic region and is now undergoing chemotherapy. "Stay strong," Swiatek wrote on X after reading about Evert's cancer announcement.

Swiatek encourages Evert to stay strong

Evert, one of the greatest players in tennis history, was set to be a part of ESPN's crew for the 2024 Australian Open.

Last week, Evert announced she would not be traveling to Australia in January due to a very unfortunate reason. "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. When Evert was first time diagnosed with cancer, it was caught early and she was able to make successful recovery. Evert caught her cancer early again and hopefully she will again win her battle.

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