Former Top 20 Junior Allie Kick Confirms ´Rare´ Cancer Diagnoses

Tennis - The former junior No.14 has recently claimed her biggest title on the pro tour prior to her shock diagnoses.

by Adam Addicott
Former Top 20 Junior Allie Kick Confirms ´Rare´ Cancer Diagnoses

American tennis player Allie Kiick has confirmed that she has been diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer. The American, who reached a ranking high of 136 in the world last year, has been absent from the tour for a month due a knee injury prior to the shock diagnoses.

The 20-year-old claimed the biggest title in her career earlier this year by winning the ITF £50,000 Charlottesville tournament. She has also reached the semi-final at three other ITF tournaments in 2015 (two $25,000 and one $50,000).

The 20-year-old recently described herself as a 'daredevil' who life revolves around tennis during an interview with Sparzio Tennis.

“I am not your typical tennis player that avoids fun stuff. I love snowboard, I love to wakeboard, my whole life revolves around tennis and I want to fulfil my full potential” she said.

The news of her diagnoses was confirmed on her Twitter account.

Melanoma is a type of cancer which can spread to other parts of the body and is the 5th most common type of cancer in the UK.

Kiick joins a list of players who have battled against the a form of the disease. Other players include Ross Hutchins, Victoria Duval and Elena Baltacha. Duval has recently returned to the WTA tour after overcoming her illness.

Outside of the ITF Tour Kiick has enjoyed minimal success on the WTA Tour and is yet to play in the main draw of a Grand Slam. She currently has a career main draw win-loss of 86-62.