Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with throat and breast cancer.
The former world number one previously underwent treatment for early-stage breast cancer in 2010.
The 66-year-old said: “This double whammy is serious but still true, and I am hoping for a favorable outcome.
“It’s going to stink for a while but I’m going to fight with everything I’ve got.”
Navratilova – who has won 59 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles – will not travel to the Australian Open later this month, where she was due to work as a TV pundit.
A statement from his representative described the diagnosis as “good”.
“Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with stage one throat cancer,” the statement said. “The prognosis is good and Martina will start her treatment this month.
She added that the cancer is HPV and is a type that responds “really well” to treatment.
“During the WTA finals in Fort Worth, Martina noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck. When it did not go down, a biopsy was performed, the results of which came back as stage one throat cancer.”
While Noratilova was undergoing throat tests, doctors found a “suspicious lump” in her breast.
The breast lump was also diagnosed as cancerous and was “completely unrelated” to the throat cancer, the statement said.
“Both of these cancers are in their early stages with very good results. Martina will not be covering the Australian Open for Tennis Channel from her studio but hopes to be able to join from time to time via Zoom.”
Nuratilova announced that she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer in April 2010 after a routine mammogram revealed ductal carcinoma in her left breast.
She had the tumor surgically removed before receiving radiation therapy.
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