Nicole Gibbs withdraws from Roland Garros after rare form of cancer diagnosis

Nicole Gibbs

American Nicole Gibbs will miss this year’s French Open as she is to undergo surgery to treat salivary gland cancer.

The world No 116 revealed on Twitter that the rare form of cancer was discovered a month ago by her dentist, who found a growth on the roof of her mouth.

The 26-year-old is set to undergo surgery on Friday, but she hopes to return to action in June with hopes of qualifying for Wimbledon.

“Unfortunately I will be withdrawing from the remainder of the clay season and will not be competing at this year’s Roland Garros,” she wrote.

“Fortunately this form of cancer has a great prognosis and my surgeon is confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment.

“He even okayed me to play an extra couple of tournaments these past few weeks, which served as a nice distraction.”

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