Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with larynx and breast cancer
NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis great Martina Navratilova said Monday she has been diagnosed with throat cancer and breast cancer.
In a statement released by her representative, the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame said her prognosis is good and she will start treatment this month.
“This double whammy is serious but still repairable and I’m hoping for a favorable outcome,” said 66-year-old Navratilova. “It will stink for a while, but I will fight with all my might.”
She said she noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck while attending the season-ending WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas in November, and a biopsy showed early-stage throat cancer. While Navratilova was undergoing tests on her neck, she said, the unrelated breast cancer was discovered.
Navratilova was diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer in 2010 and had a lumpectomy.
She won a total of 59 Grand Slam titles, including 31 in women’s doubles and 10 in mixed doubles. The most recent was a mixed doubles championship with Bob Bryan at the 2006 US Open, a month before her 50th birthday.
Navratilova originally retired in 1994 after a record 167 singles titles and 331 weeks at No. 1 WTA rankings. She returned to the tour in 2000 to play doubles and occasionally competed in singles as well.
Navratilova was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000. She has worked as a TV analyst for the last few years.
The statement issued on Monday said Navratilova would not be a regular part of Tennis Channel’s coverage of the Australian Open later this month, but ‘hopes to participate via video conference from time to time’.
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