American Gibbs pulls out of French Open after cancer diagnosis

Nicole Gibbs' dentist alerted the tennis player to a cancerous growth in her mouth. Pic Getty

Nicole Gibbs' dentist alerted the tennis player to a cancerous growth in her mouth. Pic Getty

World number 117 Nicole Gibbs has withdrawn from this month's French Open after a biopsy returned results of a rare form of salivary gland cancer which was spotted during a routine dental check-up.

Gibbs, who is from Cincinnati and is based in Santa Monica, Calif., writes that her goal is to be "ready for Wimbledon qualifying at the end of June".

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

"About a month ago, I went to the dentist and was alerted to a growth on the roof of my mouth".

"Fortunately, this form of cancer has a great prognosis and my surgeon is confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment", she wrote on Twitter, adding that she will have surgery on Friday.

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.

Gibbs, who was born in OH and is based in California, reached the third round at the 2014 US Open and 2017 Australian Open. 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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