For immediate release – Friday, July 4, 2014
DUVAL TO MISS 2014 MYLAN WTT SEASON
Vicky Duval will miss the 2014 Mylan World TeamTennis season for the Philadelphia Freedoms. In a statement issued earlier today by her IMG representatives, Duval has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Duval, 18, was scheduled to play her second Mylan WTT season this July for Philadelphia. "I am truly devastated about having to miss the WTT season and competing with my Philadelphia teammates,” said Duval. “I will be cheering from home though. Go Freedoms!"
“We are all supporting Vicky and her family at this difficult time,” said Freedoms owner Billie Jean King. “Vicky is a fighter and she will approach this new challenge with a plan and a conviction to win.”
The Freedoms plan to support Duval by wearing a special patch with her initials and favorite color.
COPY OF FULL IMG STATEMENT REGARDING VICKY DUVAL & DUVAL QUOTE –
Vicky Duval has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She was first diagnosed after a biopsy was taken in England before Wimbledon and further test in the United States have confirmed the results. Hodgkin's is the most common form of cancer in adolescents and fortunately the cancer was caught in a very early stage. Vicky will undergo treatment right away and due to her overall good health and isolation of the cancer, the prognosis is a full recovery in a few months.
"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. 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."