Evert Forced to Pull Out of Australian Open Coverage
Tennis legend Chris Evert has announced that she has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time in two years. Evert, 68, revealed that her ovarian cancer has returned, leading her to withdraw from coverage of the upcoming Australian Open.
Optimistic Outlook for Treatment
Despite the setback, Evert remains optimistic about her diagnosis. She expressed gratitude that the cancer was caught early, stating, "While this is a diagnosis I never wanted to hear, I once again feel fortunate that it was caught early."
Evert went on to share that the cancer cells were found in the same pelvic region as before, but they have been successfully removed. She has begun another round of chemotherapy to ensure the disease is fully eradicated.
A Battle Fought Before
This is not the first time Evert has faced ovarian cancer. She was initially diagnosed in December 2021 and completed chemotherapy in May 2022. At that time, her doctor was confident that the cancer would not return due to early detection.
Temporary Hiatus from Commentary
Evert was scheduled to provide commentary for the Australian Open, which is set to begin next month. However, she will be taking a break to focus on her chemotherapy treatments. Despite this, Evert assured fans that she won't be away for long, stating, "I'll be ready for the rest of the Grand Slam season!"
A Charmed Life Amidst Challenges
Evert has faced her previous cancer diagnosis with characteristic optimism. In January 2022, she stated, "I've lived a very charmed life. Now I have some challenges ahead of me. But I have comfort in knowing the chemotherapy is to ensure that cancer does not come back."
Evert's sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, tragically passed away from ovarian cancer in February 2020 at the age of 62. Reflecting on the importance of early detection, Evert urged others to be proactive, saying, "Be your own advocate. Know your family's history. Have total awareness of your body, follow your gut and be aware of changes. Don't try to be a crusader and think this will pass."