Evert was among the notable champions on hand for this year's WTA 50 gala in New York.

You’ve got this, Chrissie.

On Friday, International Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert announced that her ovarian cancer has returned. The news comes 11 months after the 18-time major singles winner was declared cancer free.

During her first bout, Evert continually promoted the importance of getting checkups. The 68-year-old echoed that sentiment after sharing that she would be unable to join ESPN for next month’s Australian Open coverage in Melbourne, having begun her latest course of treatment.

“While this is a diagnosis I never wanted to hear, I once again feel fortunate that it was caught early,” Evert said in a statement shared by ESPN. “Based on a PET CT scan, I underwent another robotic surgery this past week. Doctors found cancer cells in the same pelvic region. All cells were removed, and I have begun another round of chemotherapy.

“I encourage everyone to know your family history and advocate for yourself.”



In December 2021, Evert made the decision to get a preventative hysterectomy after her sister Jeanne passed away from ovarian cancer the year prior at the age of 62. It was that procedure that led to the discovery of a malignant tumor in Evert’s fallopian tube, and ultimately a stage 1C ovarian cancer diagnosis.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native underwent six rounds of chemotherapy and soon returned to ESPN’s broadcast team. Doctors had shared that her odds of the cancer returning stood at 10 percent after receiving the clean bill of health in January. Five months later, she presented Iga Swiatek with her third Roland Garros trophy and was later reunited with the Pole in a ceremonial role when she handed the 22-year-old her maiden WTA Finals crown in Cancun.

If ever there is a message Evert has now, it’s to appreciate one’s well-being.

“Early detection saves lives. Be thankful for your health this holiday season,” she stated.

“I’ll be ready for the rest of the Grand Slam season!”