Martina Navratilova said she is doing “OK” after being diagnosed with throat cancer and breast cancer.
“I’ve gone through a very difficult year, but now I’m OK,” Navratilova said as part of a touching speech in Italian at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Sunday.
Navratilova, 66, also received the Racchetta d’Oro (Golden Racket) award for her contributions to the sport.
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She received the Stage 1 diagnosis in November.
Navratilova is in her second bout with cancer. She successfully beat breast cancer in 2010.
“Tennis gave me a surprising life for which I am very grateful,” Navratilova said. “I always tried to give something back when I played and also in retirement.”
Navratilova has nine Wimbledon singles championships to her name. Her 18 Grand Slam titles overall tie her with Chris Evert for the fourth-most among players who competed in the Open Era, behind Margaret Court (24), Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22).
–Field Level Media