Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has announced that she has been diagnosed with throat and breast cancer. The news came as a shock to the tennis world, as Navratilova is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
Navratilova initially discovered an enlarged lymph gland in her neck in early November, and further testing revealed that the cancer had also spread to her chest. Despite the serious nature of her condition, Navratilova remains positive and is determined to fight the disease with everything she has.
"The double whammy is serious, but fixable, and I'm hoping for a favourable outcome," she said in a statement. "It's going to stink for a while, but I'll fight with all I have got." Navratilova, who dominated the world of women's tennis in the 1970s and 1980s, is a true pioneer of the sport.
She won a total of 167 titles in her career, including 18 Grand Slams in singles, 31 in doubles, and a handful of other trophies. Her fierce rivalry with Chris Evert is remembered as one of the greatest in the history of tennis.
Unfortunately, Navratilova will not be able to attend the Australian Open, which is set to take place in two weeks. This is not the first time Navratilova has faced a health scare, as she also overcame cancer 13 years ago through radiation therapy.
Despite the challenges she is facing, Navratilova remains an inspiration to many and her determination to overcome this latest setback is sure to serve as motivation to her fans around the world. The tennis community wishes her a speedy recovery and looks forward to seeing her back on the court in the future.
Navratilova's announcement of her cancer diagnosis has been met with an outpouring of support from the tennis community and beyond. Many have expressed their love and admiration for the legendary player, with some even calling for a Grand Slam tournament to be named in her honor.
It is clear that Navratilova's impact on the sport of tennis extends far beyond her incredible career achievements and she will always be remembered as a true pioneer and role model.