The tennis world has rallied around retiring Spanish tennis champion Carla Suárez Navarro after she revealed she had been diagnosed with early stage Hodgkin Lymphoma.
The former World No.6 recently withdrew from the US Open and admitted she hasn’t been able to train on the court since July.
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And on Tuesday she announced to the world she had been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and would undergo six-months of chemotherapy.
In the announcement, she added on Twitter: “Patience and self-belief guided me through my career.”
Me toca afrontar una realidad complicada. Toca aceptarlo e intentar salir adelante confiando en el consejo médico. Siempre con positivismo ante la adversidad. 💪🏻💪🏻— Carla Suárez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) September 1, 2020
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
“Not the easiest rival to deal with. I’ll need my truly best.”
Navarro had already intended to make the 2020 season her last on tour.
Djokovic, Nadal and players rally around Navarro
Following the tragic news, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and many others from the tennis community sent Navarro there best wishes.
“Carla, you are such a fighter and I have no doubt you’ll get through this,” Djokovic wrote.
“Stay positive and come back soon.”
Nadal added: “A lot of strength Carla in these tough moments of life. Surely as you say positively, the strength you’ve always had and the necessary help you get!”
Carla, you are such a fighter and I have no doubt you’ll get through this. Stay positive and come back soon. 🎾 muchas suerte 🙏🏼 https://t.co/lf4jpLFvts— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 1, 2020
Mucha fuerza Carla en estos momentos duros de la vida. Seguro que como dices con positivismo, la fuerza que siempre has tenido y la ayuda necesaria lo consigues!— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 1, 2020
Un beso grande 😘 https://t.co/GKg0IcENO5
Former doubles partner Garbiñe Muguruza dedicated her First Round win at the US Open to her friend.
Garbiñe Muguruza dedicates her win to good friend and former doubles partner Carla Suárez Navarro, who announced today that she has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/kqitvKvf51— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) September 1, 2020
Many others sent there best wishes to the much-loved Spanish star.
Carla, we all are thinking of you and wish you the best. You are a champion in so many ways. Good luck. Suarez Navarro reveals Hodgkin Lymphoma diagnosis https://t.co/fRF7JfLatn— James Blake (@JRBlake) September 1, 2020
Carla Suarez Navarro announces she has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 1, 2020
Get well soon, Carla! You're a fighter ❤️💪 https://t.co/HHS3AN4pHu