Nicole Gibbs has cancer, to miss French Open

Paola Ditto
Mag 15, 2019

Nicole Gibbs has withdrawn from the French Open after the American announced she has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

The rare form of cancer was discovered when a dentist informed her to have a growth on the roof of her mouth tested, which a subsequent biopsy revealed as mucoepidermoid carcinoma, or salivary gland cancer.

The 26-year-old, ranked 117 in the world, released a statement on Twitter revealing her dentist had made the discovery.

Following her procedure, Gibbs expects a 4-to-6 week recovery, ruling her out of the rest of the clay court season.

Gibbs went on to confirm she had been given the green light to play in recent tournaments after the discovery and that they have served as a "nice distraction".

The 2019 French Open runs from 26 May to 9 June, while qualifying for Wimbledon is set to take place in late June before the tournament starts on 1 July.

Cincinnati-born Gibbs equal-best grand slam performance came in 2017 when she reached the third round of the Australian Open but lost in straight sets to eventual victor Serena Williams. Gibbs has won seven singles titles and five doubles titles on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) tour and has a career-high of 68 in the world rankings.

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