Up-and-coming Russian tennis player Alisa Kleybanova has been diagnosed with a form of cancer called Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She has made the announcement today, which also coincided with her birthday. She is now 22 years old.
She is now in a hospital in Italy, receiving her treatment. The Russian hasn’t played since May and had this to say; ”It’s not an easy time for me right now. I’ve been a bit unlucky with my health.” “I’ve been having treatment and it has been going well, but it takes lots of patience and I’ve had to be really strong to go through this. The good news is after I do treatment for a few more months, if I feel well, there’s a chance I’ll be able to play tennis again. I really miss playing – I miss seeing fans and friends around the world, I miss hitting the ball, I miss everything. Tennis has been my life for the last 15 years.”
The Russian has Stage 2 of the disease, so let’s give our best wishes to Alisa and hope that her retreat from the game will be a short one and that she will come back to the tour better than ever after this ordeal.