Former tennis player Martina Navrátilová received the silver medal from the President of the Senate, June 14, 2023, Prague.
New York – Czech tennis legend Martina Navrátilová has successfully battled cancer. The sixty-six-year-old native of Prague, who received the silver medal from the President of the Senate in Prague last week, announced the good news after a series of examinations in New York. Doctors diagnosed her with stage 1 laryngeal cancer last November, and her breast cancer, which she had already successfully treated in 2010, returned.
“Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, proton and radiation mags, etc. – it's a relief,” the 18-time Grand Slam champion and tennis Hall of Famer tweeted after a day of tests at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
< p>Doctors discovered two findings in Navratilova after a lymph node in her neck swelled in November after the Tournament of Champions in Fort Worth. In early January, one of the best female tennis players in history said that both findings are in the early stages and the prognosis for recovery is great. She already announced in March that the treatment had worked and the cancer had subsided.
During a long and successful career, Navrátilová won a total of 59 Grand Slam titles. She won 18 in singles (nine at Wimbledon, four at the US Open, three in Australia and two at Roland Garros), 31 in doubles and ten in mixed doubles. She was one of only three players in history to win all three categories, the only one in the open era. She spent a total of 332 weeks at the top of the world rankings.