Tennis legend Chris Evert announced Friday that she has stage 1 ovarian cancer.
“I feel very fortunate that they caught it early and expect positive results from my chemoplan,” Evert, 67, wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Thank you all for respecting my need to focus on my health and treatment plan.”
Evert, a tennis analyst for ESPN, said she would “sometimes appear from home” during the coverage of the Australian Open tournament through the sports network, which begins Monday.
Evert opened up about her diagnosis with ovarian cancer – of which her sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, died in 2020 at the age of 62 – in an essay written by her longtime friend, ESPN journalist Chris McKendry, also shared Friday.
It was discovered after a preventative hysterectomy, she said.
“I’ve lived a very charming life. Now I have some challenges ahead of me. But, I’m comforted to know that chemotherapy is to make sure cancer doesn’t come back,” said Evert, who retired in 1989 from professional tennis after winning a stunning 18 Grand Slam singles and three doubles titles.
“As someone who has always had control over my life, I have no idea how I will respond to chemotherapy,” the mother of three added. “I have to give myself to something higher.”