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Chris Evert diagnosed with cancer

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In a Twitter post linking to an ESPN article Evert co-wrote with ESPN reporter Chris McKendry, Evert said she wanted to share her diagnosis and story “as a way to help others.” .
“I feel very lucky that they caught it early and I’m looking forward to positive results from my chemo plan,” Evert wrote in A declaration posted on Twitter. “Thank you all for respecting my need to focus on my health and my treatment plan.”
Evert, 67, added that she will sometimes appear from her home during ESPN’s coverage of the Australian Open, which begins on January 17.
After Evert announcement, Australian Open official Twitter account posted, “Thinking of you here and wishing you a speedy and full recovery.”
“We are all with you and behind you Chrissie, you are a true champion and I have no doubt that you will defeat this nasty opponent,” another great tennis rival and longtime Evert, Martina Navratilova, wrote. The rivalry between the two women, which began in 1973 and lasted around 15 years, has been called the biggest in sports history. The two have faced each other in 14 major finals.

Evert is no stranger to fierce competition and emerges victorious.

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1954, Evert became the No. 1 nationally ranked player in the women’s under-14 division at the age of 14. At the age of 15, she defeated the No. 1 ranked player in the world at the time, Margaret Court, in a tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Evert turned pro when she turned 18 on December 21, 1972. Several months later, she faced – and defeated – Navratilova for the first time, at a women’s pro event in Akron, Ohio.

Just four years into her professional career, Evert became the first female athlete to earn $1 million in career prize money.

She also became the first female athlete to host “Saturday Night Live”, in 1989, the same year she retired. Six years later, Evert was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, becoming the fourth player to be unanimously elected.

Evert holds 157 singles titles and was ranked No. 1 in the world for seven years: 1974 to 1978, 1980 and 1981.

She became a commentator and analyst for ESPN in 2011, a role she still holds today. Evert has three sons: Colton, Nicholas and Alexander.

She now runs the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Florida, according to ESPN.

Chris Evert diagnosed with cancer

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