American tennis player Nicole Gibbs announced Monday she will miss the upcoming French Open because of surgery for salivary gland cancer.
“Unfortunately, I will be withdrawing from the remainder of clay season and will not be competing at this year’s Roland Garros,” Gibbs wrote in a statement posted Monday on Twitter.
Gibbs, 26, said that the sugery is scheduled for Friday and her goal is to return for Wimbledon in June after a 4-6-week recovery period.
She said that a growth on the roof of her mouth was discovered at the dentist about a month ago. She said her surgeon is “confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment.”
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Gibbs reached the third round at the 2014 U.S. Open and 2017 Australian Open. Her career-best ranking was 68th in 2016. She is currently 116th. She won NCAA singles and team titles at Stanford.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.