The 31-year-old athlete is suffering from lymph node cancer

Former top 10 player Carla Suarez Navarro was diagnosed with a malignant tumor. The 31-year-old announced this on Tuesday. Suarez Navarro is now undergoing chemotherapy for six months.

Spanish tennis player Carla Suarez Navarro suffers from lymph node cancer and has to undergo chemotherapy for six months. The former number six in the world ranking announced this on Twitter on Tuesday. The 31-year-old was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a malignant tumor in the lymphatic system.

Lots of encouragement from colleagues

“I have to face a complicated reality. It is time to accept this and try to move forward with confidence on medical advice. I will always be positive despite the setbacks,” wrote Suarez Navarro. Last December, she announced that she would end her career after 2020.

Many colleagues immediately gave words of encouragement. “If I know someone who can handle it, it’s you”, two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic wrote on social media: “You are a fighter and a great champion with a lot of positive energy.”

World number two Simona Halep (Romania) wrote, “I think of you and know that a strong and special person like you can get through it.” There was also encouragement from Novak Djokovic. “I have no doubt you’ll get through this,” tweeted the 17-time Grand Slam champion, “Stay positive and come back soon.”

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