Fort Lauderdale, Florida – December 9, 2023
Renowned tennis legend and ESPN analyst Chris Evert delivered a heartfelt statement on Friday, revealing that she has been re-diagnosed with cancer and, as a consequence, will not be part of the network’s coverage for the 2024 Australian Open.
Evert, a recipient of “18 grand slam singles titles and three grand slam doubles titles,” initially shared her battle with stage 1 ovarian cancer in January 2022. After completing her treatment with a final chemotherapy session in May 2022, Evert had hoped to put the chapter behind her. Unfortunately, the tennis great disclosed that her cancer had resurfaced.
In her statement, Evert expressed gratitude for the early detection, stating, “While this is a diagnosis I never wanted to hear, I once again feel fortunate that it was caught early.” Following a PET CT scan, she underwent robotic surgery last week, during which doctors discovered cancer cells in the same pelvic region. Evert assured her supporters that all the identified cells were successfully removed, and she initiated another round of chemotherapy.
Regrettably, Evert will be absent from ESPN’s coverage of the Australian Open next month, but she affirmed her readiness for the remainder of the “Grand Slam season.” Encouraging others, she stressed the importance of knowing one’s family history and self-advocacy for early detection, emphasizing that it saves lives.
Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1954, Evert stands as one of the sport’s greatest players, clinching a record “seven French Open titles and six US Open titles.” She achieved several milestones, including being the first to secure 1,000 singles matches and the initial female athlete to surpass $1 million in career prize money.
Jeanne Evert Dubin, a former professional tennis player and the younger sister of Evert, passed away at the age of 62 in 2020 due to ovarian cancer. Throughout her illustrious career, Evert held 157 singles titles and claimed the year-end world No. 1 ranking for an impressive seven years: 1974 through 1978, 1980, and 1981.
After retiring in 1989, Evert transitioned into commentary and analysis, joining ESPN in 2011. She made history by becoming the first female athlete to host “Saturday Night Live” in 1989 and was unanimously elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame six years later.
While navigating her health challenges, Evert, a mother of three sons, Colton, Nicholas, and Alexander, remains an inspiration to many, both on and off the tennis court. The news of her recurrence has prompted an outpouring of support from the tennis community and fans worldwide.