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Tennis Legend Chris Evert Opens Up About Cancer Battle and Sister’s Death

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Tennis legend Chris Evert spoke about how his younger sister’s devastating death from ovarian cancer helped “save her life,” revealing how his sister’s battle with the disease led her to undergo tests, allowing her to his own cancer was detected incredibly early.

The 67-year-old offered a candid look at her battle with cancer for an upcoming episode of HBO’s Real Sports, with GMA airing a preview clip on Monday morning, in which Evert is seen going through her rounds. end of chemotherapy, while paying tribute to him. late sister Jeanne Evert Dubin.

“My sister’s death saved my life,” she shares in the preview, revealing how she received a call from Jeanne’s geneticist after her death, alerting her to a “new mutation” in her brother’s BRCA gene, which the doctor encouraged him to get tested.

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“I feel so lucky that…if it wasn’t for the call I got from my sister’s geneticist saying that Jeanne’s BRCA…they had found a new mutation,” she added.

Tennis legend Chris Evert has shared a candid look at his battle with ovarian cancer, revealing that he has now completed his chemotherapy treatment.

The 67-year-old announced in January that she had been diagnosed with stage one ovarian cancer after undergoing a preventive hysterectomy.

The 67-year-old announced in January that she had been diagnosed with stage one ovarian cancer after undergoing a preventive hysterectomy.

Evert will appear on Tuesday's episode of HBO's Real Sports, documenting his chemotherapy journey.

Evert will appear on Tuesday’s episode of HBO’s Real Sports, documenting his chemotherapy journey.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion underwent a preventive hysterectomy in November 2021, less than two years after her sister died aged 62 following her own battle with ovarian cancer, as a result of the test, and was During this procedure the doctors discovered a malignant tumor in her fallopian tubes.

The tennis legend remains one of the most successful players in the history of the sport, winning 18 Grand Slam singles championships before her retirement in 1989.

The tennis legend remains one of the most successful players in the history of the sport, winning 18 Grand Slam singles championships before her retirement in 1989.

She was diagnosed with stage one ovarian cancer; however, a second procedure revealed that the cancer had been completely removed during the hysterectomy and had not spread.

Evert began undergoing chemotherapy earlier this year; he has now completed his six rounds of treatment and doctors have told him there is a ’90 per cent chance his cancer will never come back’.

During her appearance on Real Sports, which will air in its entirety on Tuesday, the former Grand Slam champion, who is one of the most successful players in the sport, was asked by her close friend and former tennis pro Mary Carillo if her success in the courts had helped her with her health problems.

‘In tennis you can control a situation much better and [with] these kinds of things, you can’t control them,’ Evert admitted, adding that while he may have been a breakout star in tennis, cancer puts everyone on the same foot.

Evert's younger sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin (pictured together as children) passed away from ovarian cancer in February 2020, and Evert says that

Evert’s younger sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin (pictured together as children) passed away from ovarian cancer in February 2020, and Evert says “her death saved my life.”

After Jeanne died at age 62, her geneticist called Evert to encourage her to get tested for the BRCA gene mutation;  the professional tennis player later underwent a preventive hysterectomy

After Jeanne died at age 62, her geneticist called Evert to encourage her to get tested for the BRCA gene mutation; the professional tennis player later underwent a preventive hysterectomy

During her hysterectomy, doctors found a malignant tumor in Evert's fallopian tube and diagnosed her with cancer.  The tennis pro is pictured at the US Open in 1989.

During her hysterectomy, doctors found a malignant tumor in Evert’s fallopian tube and diagnosed her with cancer. The tennis pro is pictured at the US Open in 1989.

“Thousands and thousands of people have cancer… I’m like everyone else,” he said.

However, Evert has also managed to find some positive moments during her fight with cancer, including her recently curated wig collection, which she showed off to her friend Carillo during the show, revealing that she has a variety of different styles to suit her status. mood for the day.

Evert’s appearance on the HBO show comes five months after she first revealed to the world that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in an essay published on ESPN.com.

In the article, the tennis legend revealed that he wanted to share his story in hopes of “helping others” by spreading awareness about the disease and the importance of getting regular check-ups.

“I wanted to share my stage one ovarian cancer diagnosis and the story behind it as a way to help others,” she wrote in January, before starting chemotherapy.

“I feel very lucky that it was caught early and I look forward to positive results from my chemotherapy plan.”

Evert has managed to find some positive moments within her battle with cancer, including amassing a collection of wigs to suit every mood.

Evert has managed to find some positive moments within her battle with cancer, including amassing a collection of wigs to suit every mood.

Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles during her career on the court, and was the world number one singles player at the end of the year seven times.

Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles during her career on the court, and was the world number one singles player at the end of the year seven times.

Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles during her career on the court, and was the world number one singles player at the end of the year seven times.

Writing about the time her doctor told her she probably had a better than 90 per cent chance her cancer would never come back after chemotherapy, Evert said: ‘I don’t remember being this happy in years!’

Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles during her career on the court, and was the world number one singles player at the end of the year seven times.

Overall, he won 157 singles titles and 32 doubles titles.

Evert officially retired from tennis in September 1989; she then worked as a tennis coach and later joined ESPN as a commentator.

Following the death of his sister in February 2020, Evert, who has been married three times and has three children, paid tribute to his younger brother, who was also a tennis player, describing her as a “stellar” person.

“Jeanne was selfless, caring and kind,” he told ESPN. “As a sister, she admired her stellar character and her unwavering devotion to her loved ones. She fought a brave battle, and now heaven is lucky to have her.

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