Martina Navratilovaone of tennis’ greatest legends, a nine-time Wimbledon singles champion, announced that he was diagnosed with two types of cancer. The 66-year-old US and Czech citizen is battling throat and breast cancer after initially discovering an enlarged lymph node in her neck early last November.
During the tests for this study, as published by the British newspaper The Times, additionally “a suspicious shape was found in her bosom.” This comes thirteen years after she was cleared of a first bout of breast cancer after radiation treatment.
“This double whammy is serious but it can still be fixed,” said Navratilova, a highly respected and beloved athlete in the world of rackets, according to The Times. “I expect a favorable result. It’s going to suck for a while, but I’ll fight with everything I have”, added Martina, number 1 in the world for 332 weeks (only surpassed by the German Steffi Graf, with 377) and one of the most extraordinary and successful tennis players in history. .
In January 2022, Martina’s biggest tennis rival, American Chris Evert, announced that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and decided to share the news in hopes of helping others. “I wanted to share my diagnosis of stage 1 ovarian cancer as a way to help others,” she wrote at the time, the former player born 68 years ago in Fort Lauderdale. Evert’s younger sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, died of the same disease in February 2020 at the age of 62 and in October 2021, Chris discovered through enhanced genetic testing that she too was at risk.
Martina is united by a friendship with Gabriela Sabatini, the best Argentine tennis player in history. In March 2009, Martina visited our country and participated, at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, in an exhibition with Gaby, with the purpose of raising funds for the Faiam Foundation, which fights against myasthenia gravis, a disease that mainly affects women between the ages of 21 and 35.
Evert and Navratilova were two historic number 1s on the women’s circuit, and for fifteen seasons they built a true superclassic on the WTA Tour: 80 official matches, with 43 victories for Navratilova and 37 for Evert, between 1973 and 1988. It is the duel with the most matches played in the open era, both in women and in men. This did not prevent them from being very good friends. In fact, when Evert announced her health problem last year, Martina joined her to raise awareness about the value of different tests to detect cancer.
Navratilova dominated tennis for many years and won 167 singles titles, including 18 Grand Slams (in addition to 9 at Wimbledon, 3 in Australia, 2 at Roland Garros and 4 at the US Open). Her match record in her singles was extraordinary: 1442 wins and 219 losses. In addition, she won 177 trophies in the doubles specialty, where she also excelled.
Navratilova’s big points at the US Open