Martina Navratilova, 66, says she is “fine” after diagnosis of breast and throat cancer as she accepts the “Golden Racket” award at the Italian Open.
- Navratilova revealed in January that she was diagnosed with cancer in two places
- Since then, he underwent treatment and has been cancer-free since March.
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Martina Navratilova is “fine” after being diagnosed with throat cancer and breast cancer.
“I’ve had a very difficult year, but now I’m fine,” the 18-time Grand Slam champion and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame said on Sunday at the Italian Open after receiving the ‘Racchetta d’Oro’ ( Golden Racket) for his contributions to the sport.
Navratilova, 66, said in January that her prognosis was good and that she would start treatment that month.
She said then that she noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck while attending the season-finale WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas, in November, and a biopsy showed early-stage throat cancer.
While Navratilova was undergoing tests on her throat, she said, the unrelated early-stage breast cancer was discovered.
Martina Navratilova said she is “fine” after a diagnosis of breast and throat cancer.
Navratilova was at the Foro Italico in Rome to receive the Racchetta d’Oro award
Navratilova returned to her job as a television analyst at the Tennis Channel in March, when in an interview with TalkTV’s Piers Morgan, she said doctors told her that, “as far as they know, I don’t have cancer” and she should be ‘fine’. to work’ after additional radiation treatment.
Navratilova delivered her acceptance speech in Italian to the Campo Centrale crowd.
“Tennis gave me an amazing life for which I am very grateful,” she said. I always tried to give something back when I played, and also in retirement.
Navratilova was a four-time singles runner-up at the Foro Italico and a three-time doubles champion, her last Rome title coming in 2003 with partner Svetlana Kuznetsova at the age of 46.
Navratilova delivered her acceptance speech in Italian to the Campo Centrale crowd
Navratilova has returned to her job as a TV commentator and says she is cancer free
She won 59 Grand Slam titles overall, including 31 in women’s doubles and 10 in mixed doubles.
His last was a mixed doubles championship with Bob Bryan at the 2006 US Open, a month before his 50th birthday.
Navratilova originally retired in 1994, after a record 167 singles titles and 331 weeks ranked No. 1 in the WTA rankings.
He returned to tour to play doubles in 2000 and occasionally competed in singles as well.