Carla Suarez Navarro has befriended plenty of ATP players in her 17 years on Tour and many of them, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, quickly rallied around her after she revealed on Tuesday that she had been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma.
The 31-year-old Spaniard shared the news in a video on her Twitter page. Suarez Navarro said she will undergo six months of chemotherapy and is prepared for the long road ahead.
Me toca afrontar una realidad complicada. Toca aceptarlo e intentar salir adelante confiando en el consejo médico. Siempre con positivismo ante la adversidad. 💪🏻💪🏻
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
— Carla Suárez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) September 1, 2020
”Patience and self-belief guided me through my career,” she wrote. “Not the easiest rival to deal with. I’ll need my true best.”
Djokovic responded by telling Suarez Navarro, “You are such a fighter and I have no doubt you’ll get through this. Stay positive and come back soon.” Nadal also wished her “a lot of strength… in these tough moments of life.” Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin del Potro, John Isner and Marin Cilic joined the long list of current and former ATP and WTA players offering their love and support.
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
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!
Un beso grande 😘 https://t.co/GKg0IcENO5
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 1, 2020
— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) September 1, 2020
Mucha fuerza, Carla!! Un abrazo grande 🙏🤗
— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) September 1, 2020
All the very best Carla! 🙏
You’re an amazing fighter, you will beat this. Stay strong!
Carlita querida!!! A batallar como siempre lo haces. Te queremos! Mucha fuerza y a ganar este partido. 👊👊👊 https://t.co/aT72w97nd8
— diego schwartzman (@dieschwartzman) September 1, 2020
Toda la fuerza del mundo querida Carla . Un abrazo enorme
Your whole tennis family is thinking of you and sending you much love. Big hugs and we know you’ll show the same fighting spirit that we saw every day in your career. Good luck Carla 🤗
Carla. I’m so shocked and sad to read this news. I’m thinking of you and know that a strong and special person like you can get through this. Big kisses, Simo 🤗
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) September 1, 2020
Carlita.. If I know somebody who can deal with this, it’s you! You are a fighter and great champion with lots of positivity. Sending you strength and hugs 🤗
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) September 1, 2020
Hi Carla , want to wish you nothing but strength and courage to take on this battle . Thinking of you and sending lots of positive energy. ❤️Kim
— Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) September 1, 2020