(Reuters) – American tennis player Danielle Collins will skip next week’s Charleston Open in South Carolina to undergo surgery on Monday for endometriosis, a condition that hampers her ability to perform consistently.
“This has been an ongoing issue for quite some time,” Collins, the world number 40 who reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2019, wrote on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CNIA40sjttG.
Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the womb lining grows in other places, usually within the pelvic cavity.
“Unfortunately it has been affecting my overall day to day life in a way that has caused too much physical agony,” Collins added.
“Off the court, being able to start a family one day is one of my biggest goals. This operation is important for many reasons.”
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)