Thirty-one-year-old Carla Suarez Navarro recorded a video message from a hospital room to inform the tennis world that she’s been diagnosed with cancer, more specifically with Hodgkin lymphoma.
The former WTA world No.6 from Spain put a brave smile on her face and calmly articulated the devastating news about her health:
Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that a few days ago I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. I’ll need to go through six months of chemotherapy. I’m fine and calm at the moment, willing to face whatever comes. See you soon!
The video caption reads:
Patience and self-belief guided me through my career. Not the easiest rival to deal with. I’ll need my truly best.
Me toca afrontar una realidad complicada. Toca aceptarlo e intentar salir adelante confiando en el consejo médico. Siempre con positivismo ante la adversidad. 💪🏻💪🏻
Patience and self-belief guided me through my career. Not the easiest rival to deal with. I’ll need my truly best. pic.twitter.com/lF9oVChWRh
— Carla Suárez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) September 1, 2020
So many tennis players have battled cancer and it makes me wonder whether this profession makes one more likely to get this horrible disease. Alisa Kleybanova and Victoria Duval both had this very type of cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, diagnosed at a very young age — Russia’s Kleybanova was in her early twenties at the time, while Duval was still a teenager.
The last tournament Carla Suarez Navarro played was the Qatar Total Open in February, afterwards, the season was shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. I am wishing Carla a successful recovery. I am positive that everything will be fine, especially when I see how calm and collected she is.