The tennis world received some terrible news on Friday, as Vicky Duval announced she has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The American teenager was diagnosed after a biopsy was taken in England before Wimbledon, and further tests back in the United States have confirmed the results.
"It is with a heavy heart that I will have to step away from tennis competition for a short period after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma," Duval said in a statement on Friday.
"I received the news after my first round of qualifying at Wimbledon but decided to continue to compete. Being on court provided me with much comfort. I have complete faith that God will assist me and my family with all that we need, to achieve victory and become stronger from this journey. I intend to put up my best fight and have a full recovery. I picture myself healthy, stronger and competing again soon with even more appreciation for the game I so love. I am grateful in advance to my fans and friends for their support and positive thoughts while I will undergo my treatment and fight this battle."
Hodgkin's lymphoma is the most common form of cancer in adolescents and fortunately it was caught in a very early stage. Duval will undergo treatment right away and due to her overall good health and isolation of the cancer, the prognosis is encouraging - a full recovery in a few months.