Tennis ace and TV commentator told cancer surgeon he’d rather DIE than not have a sex life
‘Give me a good two or three years and I’ll ride off into the sunset a bloody happy man’: The tennis ace and TV commentator once told the surgeon who saved him from prostate cancer that he’d rather DIE than not have a sex life
Former tennis ace and TV commentator John Lloyd told the surgeon who saved him that he would rather die of prostate cancer than survive without a sex life.
When the star was diagnosed with a tumor, he was warned that invasive surgery carried the risk of nerve damage, which could render him impotent.
“I said, look, my life has been amazing, if the nerves are tangled and you can’t get to the tumor, just sew me up, let me have a good two or three years and I’ll ride off into the sunset.” a fucking happy man,” Lloyd told The Mail on Sunday. ‘He thought he was joking. I said, “I’m very serious.” ‘
Fortunately for the former British No. 1, the tumor was successfully removed in 2017 without damaging any vital nerves, a story the 67-year-old Lloyd recounts in his new book, Dear John.
Former tennis star and TV commentator John Lloyd (pictured with Chris Evert) told the surgeon who saved him that he would rather die of prostate cancer than survive without a sex life.
Luck is a prominent theme in the autobiography, which tells how a boy from Southend in Essex traveled the world as a professional tennis player, mingled with A-listers and presidents, and married Chris Evert, one of the world’s greatest tennis superstars. celebrities of the time. “I’ve accumulated things in my 67 years that I never dreamed of,” Lloyd said, from his home in Palm Beach, Florida. ‘If he stopped by tomorrow, he would look back and say, “You’ve done well, son, you’ve led an amazing life.” I consider myself extremely lucky.
For eight years, she was one half of tennis’s golden couple: she posed with Evert on the cover of People magazine. They began dating during Wimbledon in 1978 and married a year later.
“I had a decent guy of fame or what’s-his-name, but marrying Chris was like going to a different planet,” Lloyd said. ‘You have to leave your ego at the door.’
The couple divorced in 1987. Lloyd speaks in the book about Evert’s affair with Adam Faith, the former pop star, who died in 2003. Not doing so, he said, would have been ‘a runaway’. But, she added, she doesn’t hold a grudge.
Lloyd admitted that they had gone their separate ways before that. “We were both young,” she said.
We both probably did things we regret. None of us were exactly angels.
They remain friends. She messaged Evert recently after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Earlier this month, Evert announced that he had undergone his final round of chemotherapy. “She’s a champion, she’ll fight anything,” Lloyd said. “Champions like her find a way, it’s in her DNA.”
Perhaps Lloyd’s most surprising acquaintance is his 40-year friendship with former US President Donald Trump.
For eight years, John Lloyd (pictured) was one half of tennis’s golden couple, posing with Evert on the cover of People magazine. They began dating during Wimbledon in 1978 and married a year later.
They have played golf together at Trump’s club in Palm Beach, where the former president offered him a discounted membership if he agreed to play doubles with any high-profile visitors who wanted a game. “He loves a bloody deal,” Lloyd said.
The former Davis Cup captain will return to the commentary box this summer for Wimbledon.
“My biggest regret is that I didn’t do myself justice at Wimbledon,” he said. ‘I never really worked hard. Even if he had, he wasn’t good enough to win a Grand Slam. I didn’t have the weapons for that.
“But I think he could have made it to the top 10.”