News had an impact on the world of sports. Martina Navratilova, legend of women’s and world tennis, confirmed that she has two types of cancer, throat cancer and breast cancer. The winner of 18 Grand Slam titles at the individual level made it public after discovering a swollen lymph node in her neck in November of last year.
“This double blow is serious, but it can still be solved,” said the American born in the Czech Republic in a statement that was released to the international press. “I expect a favorable outcome. It’s going to be difficult for a while, but I’ll fight with everything I have,” added one of the best players in the discipline of all time.
It is important to note that this new diagnosis comes after the former world number of the WTA circuit recovered from breast cancer in 2010 after undergoing radiation treatment.
Navratilova, winner of 59 Grand Slam titles if we count her participation in singles and doubles over the course of her 40-year career, will not travel to the Australian Open that will be played in January where she was going to be a television commentator for a specialized media outlet.
Through a statement that was released to the media, the representative of the historic tennis player described that the medical prognosis is “good”. “Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with stage one throat cancer. She will begin her treatment this month,” the report said.
“The type of cancer is HPV and this particular type responds very well to treatment. Martina noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck during the WTA finals in Fort Worth. When it didn’t go down, a biopsy was performed and the results were stage one throat cancer,” said the agent of the nationalized American.
After that, the representative gave details of how Navratilova recognized that she had a problem with her bust. “At the same time that Martina was undergoing throat tests, a suspicious form was found in her breast, which was later diagnosed as cancer, completely unrelated to throat cancer,” she explained.
“Both types of cancer are in their early stages with excellent results. Martina will not cover the Australian Open for Tennis Channel from her studio, but she hopes to be able to join from time to time through Zoom,” she added in relation to the professional task that the former tennis player was ready to perform during the month of January.
When she was close to her 50th birthday in 2006, Navratilova decided to retire from professional tennis after winning her last Grand Slam in the mixed doubles category with Bob Bryan at the US Open. Thanks to that title, she became the oldest player to win a Grand Open title on the circuit.
Eight years ago, in 2015, Navratilova married her current partner Julia Lemigova, with whom she has been in a relationship for more than two decades.