The 18-year-old Duval, who is on her third chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is on target to return to training sometime next month. ‘I intend to put up my best fight and have a full recovery,’ FILIP BONDY , EBENEZER SAMUEL , and BERNIE AUGUSTINE report got The New York Daily News.
Victoria Duval is an 18-year-old American tennis player with a sweet temperament and an angry tennis game. She also has been through things that no other player on the tour has ever had to endure, and so it is no surprise that she is handling her latest challenge — Hodgkin’s lymphoma — in perfect stride.
Duval won’t be competing at the U.S. Open this month, but her business rep said Wednesday that the Haitian-born player is on target to return to training sometime next month.
“She’s doing fine,” Ben Crandell, an IMG executive, said this week. “She’s on her third chemo treatment and all her numbers are great, the tests are positive.”
Duval is scheduled for two more treatments over the course of the next 32 days and then hopefully will be cleared for her return. She was diagnosed by London doctors through biopsies with the form of cancer in its earliest, most curable stages. The finding was confirmed after her first-round qualifying match in Wimbledon, but Duval decided to continue to play, winning two more qualifiers and her first-round match in the main draw over seeded player Sorana Cîrstea.
Duval isn’t talking yet about her experience while undergoing treatment, but issued a statement after the initial diagnosis:
“I intend to put up my best fight and have a full recovery,” she said in a statement. “I picture myself healthy, stronger and competing again soon with even more appreciation for the game I so love.”
Duval is currently ranked 88th in the world, after cracking the top 100 for the first time in July. She has a traumatic back story. Her father Jean-Maurice, a doctor who helped run a medical clinic in Haiti, was buried alive while surviving that country’s 2010 earthquake. When she was just 7 years old, Duval reported she was held hostage at gunpoint by robbers at her aunt’s house in Port-au-Prince.
Crandell said the timetable for her return to competitive tennis will be decided after the chemo treatments are complete. Duval also is a member of the Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis, though she was replaced on the roster following her diagnosis by another rising American star, Taylor Townsend.