27 year old Ross Hutchins, a doubles tennis star from Great Britain who plays with Colin Fleming, has announced he has lymphoma the completely modern way, via Twitter:
"Unfortunately I will be away from tennis for a while as I was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma."
Hutchins and Fleming together won a pair of tennis doubles titles in 2012, in Eastbourne and Delray Beach. The two also represented their country in the Summer Olympics in London, and have played in the Davis Cup.
Nothing is known about either the stage of his disease or about possible treatment regimens for Hutchins, but it is reasonable to imagine that he could be undergoing treatment for the next six months or longer, depending on a variety of factors.
Said LTA chief executive Roger Draper:
"Everyone in British tennis is behind Ross. He is a true ambassador for the sport, both on an off the court, and I have no doubt he will overcome this setback. It's important that we give Ross and his family the privacy they need during this challenging time."
Hodgkin's lymphoma is a highly treatable and often curable cancer, although as many as ten percent of patients are resistant to front-line therapy.