After beating a first breast cancer, which appeared in 2010, tennis legend Martina Navratilova is once again confronted with the disease. Monday, January 2, the American, world number 1 for three hundred and thirty-two weeks between 1978 and 1987, announced that she had double cancer of the throat and breast. “I hope for a favorable outcome, explains the 66-year-old former player. It’s going to be complicated for a while, but I’m going to fight with everything I have. »
Quoted by the Tennis Players Association (WTA, the body that governs the women’s circuit), Martina Navratilova wants to be optimistic, assuring that “This double disease is serious, but [qu’]it can be cured”. It was during tests in November, after she discovered a lump in her throat, that doctors diagnosed her with throat cancer as well as her second breast cancer, both stage 1.
Born in Czechoslovakia, who became an American citizen in 1981, Martina Navratilova has won fifty-nine Grand Slam titles (eighteen in singles, thirty-one in women’s doubles and ten in mixed doubles). Her great rival on the courts and now friend Chris Evert had also revealed that she had cancer (of the ovaries) in January 2022. In May, she was declared in remission. Martina Navratilova has announced that she will begin treatment for her two cancers next week in New York.