In February 2020, Carla Suarez Navarro announced she will be retiring from tennis at the end of the year, the Spaniard planned to have a farewell tour and player her favourite events on more time.
It was in March that tennis stopped, the covid-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill, later in the year her own world came to a standstill.
In July the Spaniard was on court and in her own words “felt really bad”. Speaking to WTA Insider she said she “felt nauseous all the time when I played tennis”.
After a week she took herself to hospital where she would then spend 10 days undergoing test after test. It was in hospital the Spaniard was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Carla then began six month treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Any return to tennis that year was off the cards for Carla, her farewell tour on hold.
Carla was diagnosed in September and overall did eight sessions of chemotherapy over four months and fifthteen sessions of radio treatment as well.
Carla said her body reacted well to chemotherapy and after a few days could go to the gym, swim and play tennis in December.
It was just a couple of weeks ago the 32 year old announced that she finished her treatment and overcame Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Fantastic news for Carla and her friends and family.
Over the last week or so as tennis comes to Madrid and we have seen a familiar face around the practice grounds and in the crowd…
Carla has been out practicing with some players ahead of her planned return at the end of the month.
The plan for Carla is to have a farewell tour including Roland Garros, Wimbledon and finishing at the US Open. There is a possibility she could link up with Muguruza at the Olympics.
It has been a year or so where soo much has happened and for Carla to be cancer free and be able to see out tennis career the way she wants to.