Martina Navratilova has announced she has been diagnosed with stage-one throat and breast cancer.
The 18-time grand slam singles champion and most successful player in Wimbledon history said she will “fight with all I have got” after an enlarged lymph node was found in her neck in November.
Tests subsequently led to a suspicious form being discovered in her breast, but the cancer is also said to be in the early stages.
Navratilova underwent treatement on a first bout of breast cancer 13 years ago, where she was given the all-clear.
The 66-year-old said: “This double whammy is serious but still fixable. I’m hoping for a favourable outcome. It’s going to stink for a while but I’ll fight with all I have got.”
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.”