‘My Sister’s Death Saved My Life’ – Chris Evert Opens Up Like Never Before About Her Brave Fight Against Cancer

Published 06/21/2022, 5:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Former professional tennis player Chris Evert hosts a private tennis clinic for Starwood Preferred Guest during the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images for SPG)

Chris Evert, the American tennis ace, is one of the greats of the game. She, alongside Martina Navratilova, ruled the courts during her playing days. Evert, with all her life experience, has seen both good and bad days. However, a recent incident that wasn’t under her control stormed her otherwise stable life.

The American was diagnosed with the same pestering disease that took her sister away, which is ovarian cancer. Having identified the same, Evert attended chemotherapy sessions and she is out of danger now. Recently, she opened up about her sister’s struggle with cancer.


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Chris Evert about her and Jeanne’s battle

The 67-year-old sat down for an interview with HBO and spoke about the entire journey from her sister’s death to the day cancer in her fallopian tubes was detected. She addressed how her sister Jeanne Evert Dublin’s death, leading to a precautionary hysterectomy, helped her take early action against the malignant cancer and said, “My sister’s death saved my life.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Chris Evert attends day ten of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage )

“Jeanne was selfless, caring, and kind. As a sister, I admired her stellar character and unwavering devotion to her loved ones. She fought a brave battle, and now Heaven is lucky to have her,” the former world no.1 added.


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Thereafter, Evert disclosed what she felt like while going through chemotherapies.

“In tennis you can control a situation much better and [with] things like this, you can’t control it. As someone who has always had control over my life, I have no idea how I’ll respond to chemotherapy. I have to give in to something higher. But, I have comfort in knowing the chemotherapy is to ensure that cancer does not come back.”

What is Evert’s current condition?


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Chris Evert broke the news in 2021 a few months after her sister Jeanne lost the battle against Ovarian cancer. Though in her case, the growth of cancer was in the initial stages. Therefore, Evert was suggested a six session long chemotherapy by her medical support team.

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Evert wrote a letter to her fans via ESPN with whom she works as a broadcaster and informed them about the disease and her decision of opting for chemotherapy at the earliest. Following that, the 18-time Grand Slam champion started the procedure in the January and a month ago, she went though the sixth and last session.


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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 29: WTA Legend Ambassador Chris Evert of the United States attends a press conference during day 7 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 29, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

At present Evert is out of danger with a less than 10% chances of the cancer reappearing. We hope she resumes her role in the ESPN as soon as possible and comes out stronger than ever from this.



Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.