‘Stay Super Strong’: Victoria Azarenka, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, and Others React to Chris Evert’s Heart Wrenching Announcement

Published 01/15/2022, 3:15 AM EST
Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams and Chris Evert

Former world no.1 and the winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, Chris Evert has recently posted a statement on Twitter where the American says she has been battling cancer. She posted her story on ESPN where she described her entire battle with ovarian cancer. The American also wanted to share her story to help others.


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It was quite fortunate for Evert that the diagnosis caught the cancer at stage one. After the chemotherapy, she hopes that she is free from cancer. After her statement on Friday, the Tennis world is showing their support towards Evert and everyone wants her to stay strong and recover well. 


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Tennis world reacts to the unfortunate news

Messages are pouring in after her story came out earlier, and the whole tennis world is motivating her to stay strong. 

2-time grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka wrote on Twitter, “Stay super strong Chrissie!”

Journalist Jim Benemann said, “Tough news for a champion.”

Rafael Nadal’s Academy wrote a positive message that said, “We wish you a quick & speedy recovery!”

Former American legend, Billie Jean King, wrote a few nice and motivating words, which will surely motivate Evert. She said, “Sending you so much love and healing thoughts… We wish you strength as you face this battle. You are one of a kind, and there are so many who love you.”

Another great, Martina Navratilova, also wrote some powerful words. “We are all with you and behind you Chrissie, you are a true champion and I have no doubt you will conquer this nasty opponent with nary a sweat!” Martina wrote

Some of the current tennis players like Paula Badosa, Jennifer Brady, Madison Keys, Ons Jabeur also responded to Evert’s story with some beautiful words. 



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Evert has been an analyst at ESPN for quite a long time now. After the Chemotherapy, the American is staying at home trying to recover from the disease and will not travel to Australia to cover the Grand Slam. A while ago, doctors detected the cancer after a preventive hysterectomy and told her that the cancer has not spread elsewhere in her body. 

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Doctors also gave her the good news and told her that there’s a 90 percent possibility that the cancer may not come back. Evert is very hopeful about her situation and said, “I’ve lived a very charmed life, now I have some challenges ahead of me. But, I have comfort in knowing the chemotherapy is to ensure that cancer does not come back.” 

Earlier in 2020, Evert lost her sister Jeanne Evert due to ovarian cancer, but she wants to get inspiration from her to fight this battle. Hopefully, she recovers well after getting the necessary treatment. 

What are your views on the situation? Let us know in the comments.


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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.