Nicole Gibbs shared some very tough news with her followers on Monday: a cancer diagnosis. The 26-year-old will undergo surgery on Friday to remove a growth on the roof of her mouth that came back positive for mucoepidermoid carcinoma, a type of salivary gland cancer.

"Unfortunately I will be withdrawing from the remainder of the clay season and will not be competing at this year's Roland Garros," Gibbs wrote. "Fortunately this form of cancer has a great prognosis and my surgeon is confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment."

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The world No. 117 was competing just last week at an ITF W100 in Bonita Springs, Fla. She said her recent tournaments "served as a nice distraction."


Before Bonita Springs, Gibbs reached the quarterfinals of W100 in Charleston and the final of a W80 in Palm Harbor, Fla.

She plans to be back in time for Wimbledon qualifying, which starts on July 1.

Gibbs to undergo
surgery for salivary
gland cancer

Gibbs to undergo surgery for salivary gland cancer