February 8, 2023
Martina Navratilova

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova says she hopes for a “favorable outcome” after being diagnosed with breast and throat cancer.

The 66-year-old Czechoslovak-born naturalized American told Tennis.com Monday about the diagnosis, but added that they were both treatable.

It is not the first time the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion has been diagnosed with cancer – she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, but was found free six months later.

“The double whammy is severe, but recoverable, and I hope for a favorable outcome,” she said.

“It’s going to stink for a while, but I’ll fight with everything I’ve got.”

Navratilova noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck during the WTA Finals in November in Fort Worth, Texas.

“When it didn’t go down a biopsy was done, the results came back as stage one throat cancer,” her agent said in a statement to AFP.

The tests also discovered a lump in her breast, which was later diagnosed as an unrelated cancer.

“The prognosis is good and Martina will start her treatment this month,” her agent said.

“The cancer type is HPV (human papillomavirus) and this particular type responds very well to treatment.

“Both cancers are at an early stage with great outcomes.”

Navratilova’s treatment in New York has forced her to forego plans to comment on the Australian Open, though she will appear at a distance from time to time.

Chris Evert, Navratilova’s great rival on the courts turned boyfriend, revealed in January 2022 that she had ovarian cancer, but was declared in remission in May.

As a player, Navratilova brought a new physical dimension to women’s tennis.

Her powerful serve and agility at the net made her the dominant payer of her time, as she took a total of 59 Major titles – 31 doubles and 10 mixed doubles, adding to her 18 singles titles.

Her record at Wimbledon is unparalleled, her nine singles titles more than anyone else – Roger Federer won eight men’s titles while Serena Williams won the women’s title seven times.

She also won seven women’s doubles titles at Wimbledon and four mixed doubles titles, the last of which came in 2003 when she was 46, making her 20 titles with the All England Club.

Since her retirement, she has become one of the wisest and most sought-after experts in the game.

Outside the courts, she has become a staunch defender of the LGBT cause. In 2014 she married her longtime partner Julia Lemigova and they live in Miami with their two daughters.

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