11 months after the International Hall of Famer Chris Evert was declared cancer-free, she was again diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She shared the news over a social media post and also mentioned that she won’t be part of ESPN’s coverage of the 2024 Australian Open in January.
In December 2021, Chris Evert underwent a preventive hysterectomy following the death of her sister Jeane who passed away of ovarian cancer a year prior at the age of 62. It was then that she was diagnosed with early-stage ovarian cancer. She discovered a malignant tumor in the fallopian tube and underwent six rounds of chemotherapy before being cleared in January 2023. The doctors mentioned that she had only a 10 percent chance of the cancer recurrence.
She joined the ESPN team later and was there to hand the winning trophy to Iga Swiatek at the Roland Garros and also at the WTA Finals in Cancun.
To her surprise, the cancer has returned to her after eleven months and she will miss out on covering the first Grand Slam of the year due to treatment. However, she feels fortunate to have been diagnosed at an early stage and has started with another round of chemotherapy. She is optimistic about returning for the other Grand Slam events.
“I will be unable to join my colleagues when ESPN makes its return to Melbourne for the Australian Open next month. But, I’ll be ready for the rest of the Grand Slam season! I encourage everyone to know your family history and advocate yourself. Early detection saves lives. Be thankful for your health this holiday season.”– Chris Evert
Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women is a serious matter, claims Chris Evert
Chris Evert has asked the players to take a close look at the culture, treatment, and laws of treatment of women in Saudi Arabia before competing there in the future.
The WTA’s move to conduct the year-end WTA Finals in Saudi Arabia in the future has received a lot of criticism from some of the greatest players to have played the sport.
Former No.1 Chris Evert has raised her concern and asked the players to take a look into the matter. The laws for women’s rights in that country are very strict and limiting and the players might land in difficulty in the future.
“The players need to take a very close and serious look at the culture, the laws, and the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia before they make an educated and moral decision on whether to play over there.”– Chris Evert on X
The players need to take a very close and serious look at the culture, the laws, and the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia before they make an educated and moral decision on whether to play over there… https://t.co/sZvUM9tMEj— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) December 6, 2023