Martina Navratilova rallies around close friend Chris Evert, just days after she revealed second ovarian cancer diagnosis… with tennis legends – who both battled the disease in gruelling 2023 – sharing ‘delicious food’

Tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert came together to share “delicious food”, just days after Evert revealed her second ovarian cancer diagnosis.

It’s been an incredibly difficult year for two former tennis greats, both battling cancer.

Navratilova, who is now cancer-free after being diagnosed with throat and breast cancer in January, hosted Evert at her home and tennis fans were delighted to see the two friends together.

Evert, 68, is an 18-time Grand Slam singles champion but this remains one of her biggest fights as she now faces a second battle with cancer in two years.

In Navratilova, she has a close friend who knows what she’s going through, and the pair could bring a smile when they got together for a meal.

Chris Evert (left) shared a photo with close friend Martina Navratilova (right) as she comes to terms with her second ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Chris Evert (left) shared a photo with close friend Martina Navratilova (right) as she comes to terms with her second ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Evert captioned it:

Evert captioned it: “We’re in this together!” Both former tennis stars battled cancer

Sharing the photo with her 314,000 followers on X, Evert captioned it: “We’re in this together.” Thanks for the delicious food @Martina’

Evert was first diagnosed with stage 1 BRCA-related ovarian cancer in December 2021.

She completed chemotherapy in May 2022, telling the public that her doctor was confident the disease would not return because it was caught at an early stage.

But on Friday, Evert revealed the devastating news that her cancer had returned.

“Although this is a diagnosis I never wanted to hear, I am once again lucky that it was discovered early,” Evert said in a statement published by US broadcaster ESPN.

“Doctors found cancer cells in the same pelvic area. All the cells were removed and I started a new course of chemotherapy.”

Evert added that she will not be hosting ESPN’s coverage of the upcoming Australian Open while she undergoes treatment.

“I’ll be ready for the rest of the Grand Slam season!” – added Evert.

She previously revealed her initial cancer diagnosis in January 2022, insisting she was optimistic.

“I have lived a very charmed life. Now I have some challenges ahead of me,” Evert said.

“But I take comfort in the fact that chemotherapy is meant to make sure the cancer doesn’t come back.”

Her sister Zhanna Evert Dubin died of ovarian cancer in February 2020 at the age of 62.

“Be your own advocate. Know your family history. Be fully aware of your body, follow your intuition and be aware of the changes,” Evert said in 2022. “Don’t try to be a crusader and think it will pass.”

Navratilova (left) and Evert (right) were rivals on the court, but became closer after their retirement.

Navratilova (left) and Evert (right) were rivals on the court, but became closer after their retirement.

Evert was first diagnosed with the BRCA-1 variant of ovarian cancer back in November 2021.

Evert was first diagnosed with the BRCA-1 variant of ovarian cancer back in November 2021.

Evert's sister, Jeanne, died of the same variant of cancer, which was discovered too late.

Evert’s sister, Jeanne, died of the same variant of cancer, which was discovered too late.

It’s been less than a year since Evert announced she was cancer-free, saying there was a 90 percent chance the disease wouldn’t return.

Evert previously said that when her sister was first diagnosed, doctors did not recommend she or her siblings get tested.

“Jeanne was not BRCA positive, but genetic testing showed she had a BRCA-1 variant that was of “uncertain significance,” she said.

“Then last November I got a call saying they had reclassified her BRCA variant – the significance was no longer uncertain, it was now very clearly pathogenic and we should get tested.”

In Navratilova, Evert has the sounding board of not just a former rival on the court, but someone who can empathize with the battle she faces with cancer.

In June this year, Navratilova delighted her supporters by declaring that she was cancer-free.

A month later, despite being “scared”, the Prague-born tennis icon went and got a “fucking lobster” haircut to show how far she had come.

In a post about his wife Yulia Lemigova Instagram accountThe couple shared the emotional moment Navratilova cut her hair short, saying the trip was a “reminder of how far we’ve come.”

The video shows Navratilova, who has won 18 Grand Slam titles during her illustrious career, cutting her shoulder-length blonde hair into a pixie cut dubbed the “damn crawfish cut.”

Evert has won 18 Grand Slam titles, including six US Open crowns and seven French Open trophies.

Evert has won 18 Grand Slam titles, including six US Open crowns and seven French Open trophies.

The nine-time Wimbledon champion turned TV presenter said she was

But in the video he told fans: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

Nine-time Wimbledon champion Navratilova cut her hair like “damn cancer” at the beginning of the year.

When Lemigova, 51, asked her wife how she felt about the bold new look, she said: “Marty, are you scared?” Navratilova replied: “Terrified… but didn’t risk anything, achieved nothing.”

Lemigova, who has been married to the player-turned-commentator since their wedding in Palm Beach in 2015, wrote: “My wife Martina has just beaten two cancers at once and I am so proud of her strength and determination. Her courage and grace inspire me every day.

“We’re taking her to get her hair cut today and it may seem like a small thing and a simple task, but it’s a reminder of how far we’ve come. It is a symbol of hope and celebration of life. We are grateful for every moment and know that we are stronger together than we ever were individually.”

After the haircut, the tennis star said she “loves” her new hairstyle.

In late June, on the eve of Wimbledon, where she was working as a commentator, she announced on Twitter after what she called a full day of tests at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York that she was finally free of the disease.