Martina Navratilova: Wimbledon legend diagnosed with early-stage throat and breast cancer



Navratilova, who is a dual Czech-American citizen, will undergo treatment in New York this month.

A statement from her representatives said: “Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with stage one throat cancer. The prognosis is good and Martina will start her treatment this month.

“The cancer type is HPV and this particular type responds really 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, the results came back as stage one throat cancer.

“At the same time as Martina was undergoing the tests for the throat, a suspicious form was found in her breast, which was subsequently diagnosed as cancer, completely unrelated to the throat cancer.

“Both these cancers are in their early stages with great outcomes. Martina won’t be covering the Australian Open for Tennis Channel from their studio but hopes to be able to join in from time to time by Zoom.”

Navratilova won nine singles titles at Wimbledon, the most in the open era, as well as four US Opens, three Australian Opens and two French Open championships. The former world number one was also a prolific doubles player and is one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.

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