Nadal Becomes ‘Adopted Son’ Of Flood-Ravaged Spanish Town

Spaniard Rafael Nadal has been honoured at a ceremony in Mallorca for the help he provided Sant Llorenc des Cardassar in October 2018 after torrential rain and flashing flooding devastated the town.

The storms resulted in the death of 13 people and led to more than 200 people fleeing, with hundreds of homes and businesses swamped with dirty water that reached levels of two meters.

Nadal spent hours helping volunteers to clean up the area and opened up rooms at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar for those who needed refuge. The 35-year-old also provided a donation of one million euros through his foundation.

Now, the 20-time major champion has been given the title ‘adopted son’ by the city council of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar in recognition of his support.

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Nadal has not competed since he reached the third round in Washington in August, with his season curtailed due to a foot injury. The World No. 6 underwent treatment on the injury in September.

When speaking at the ceremony, Nadal stated he was unsure of when he will return to match action but is working hard and following a specific daily plan with clear goals.

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Ferrero & Moya On Hall Of Fame Ballot

Former World No. 1s Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya are among six players on the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s ballot for 2022.

The Class of 2022 nominees are:
Carlos Moya, of Spain, the winner of the 1998 French Open and a former World No. 1
• Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero, the 2003 French Open Champion and a former World No. 1
• Serbian Ana Ivanovic, 2008 French Open Champion and a former World No. 1
• Italy’s Flavia Pennetta, 2015 US Open singles champion and former doubles World No. 1
Cara Black of Zimbabwe, a former doubles World No. 1 and the winner of 10 major titles in doubles and mixed doubles
Lisa Raymond of the United States, a former doubles World No. 1 and winner of 11 Grand Slam titles in doubles and mixed doubles

“The six nominees named to the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2022 ballot have all achieved remarkable results on tennis’ biggest stages – Grand Slam titles, topping the world rankings, Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup victories. Their successes are highlights of tennis history, and it’s a pleasure to recognise their accomplishments with the honour of International Tennis Hall of Fame nomination,” said ITHF President Stan Smith.

Ivanovic, Black, Pennetta, and Moya are all new nominees to the ballot, while Ferrero and Raymond are returning nominees in their second year on the ballot. The International Tennis Hall of Fame policy states that a nominee remains on the ballot for up to three consecutive years, unless voted in. The six nominees are all eligible in the Hall of Fame’s Player Category for the Class of 2022. This is not an eligibility year for the Hall of Fame’s Contributor or Wheelchair Categories, which are considered every four years.

Now that the ballot is set, the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Fan Voting will open on Friday, 15 October on vote.tennisfame.com, providing the opportunity for tennis fans around the world to voice their support for who they think should become Hall of Famers. Additionally, voting by the Official Voting Group of journalists, historians, and existing Hall of Famers will take place in the coming months. Election into the Hall of Fame is determined by the combination of results from Fan Voting and the Official Voting Group and is further detailed below.

“Tennis fans are discerning, knowledgeable, and passionate. Their input into who becomes a Hall of Famer is integral to the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s induction procedure. We are glad to provide Fan Voting as an opportunity for fans to have a say. Additionally, the geographic diversity of the candidates on this year’s ballot clearly showcases the global popularity of our sport. It is not realistic to think that tennis fans all over the world will be able to come to Newport to celebrate the greats in person, but through Fan Voting, fans can still participate and advocate for those they deem deserving of tennis’ ultimate honour,” said Todd Martin, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

FAN VOTING & THE INDUCTION PROCESS

The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Fan Vote will run 15  – 31 October. The top-three vote getters in the Fan Vote will receive bonus percentage points on their Official Voting Group result. The Official Voting Group is comprised of expert tennis journalists, historians, and Hall of Famers.

The candidate with the highest result in the Fan Vote will receive three additional percentage points added onto their result from the Official Voting Group, while second and third place will receive two and one additional percentage points, respectively.

To be elected into the Hall of Fame, a candidate must receive an affirmative vote in 75% or higher from the combined total of their Official Voting Group result and any bonus percentage points earned in the Fan Vote.

The results of the ITHF Fan Vote will be announced at the conclusion of the voting period. The Official Voting Group vote will be tabulated in the coming months, and the Class of 2022 Inductees will be announced in early 2022 with the Induction Ceremony slated to take place 16, July 2022.

ABOUT THE 2021 NOMINEES

The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Player Category recognises ATP and WTA players who have achieved a distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest international level.

Carlos Moya, of Spain, achieved the World No. 1 ranking, and spent more than 200 weeks inside the world top-10. Moya was the French Open Champion in 1998, and a finalist at the Australian Open in 1997. Additionally, Moya won 20 career titles, including three Masters 1000-level events. He was a member of the victorious 2004 Spanish Davis Cup team. Since 2016, Moya has coached fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

Juan Carlos Ferrero, also of Spain, reached his first major final at Roland-Garros in 2002, upsetting then world No. 4 Andre Agassi and No. 2 Marat Safin en route. He fell in the final to compatriot Albert Costa. Ferrero returned to the final one year later, winning the 2003 Roland-Garros title. Later that year, Ferrero reached the final of the US Open. His success in 2003 propelled him to the World No. 1 ranking, and he spent 139 weeks inside the world top-5. In 2000, Ferrero became a hero of the first-ever Spanish Davis Cup championship team when he won the final point in Barcelona against Australia.

Serbian Ana Ivanovic won the 2008 French Open title, and had two additional appearances in major finals, reaching the French Open final in 2007 and the Australian Open final in 2008. Ivanovic was ranked World No. 1 and spent 91 weeks inside the world top-5. In addition to the Roland-Garros trophy, Ivanovic won 14 career titles, including 3 WTA Premier Mandatory titles. Ivanovic came of age in Serbia as the nation was emerging from the breakup of Yugoslavia, with her early training taking place in very challenging conditions. She went on to represent Serbia in Fed Cup competition for nine years, including a run into the finals in 2012. Ivanovic is the first Serbian to be nominated for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Italy’s Flavia Pennetta claimed the US Open trophy in 2015, defeating her compatriot and childhood friend Roberta Vinci in the first ever all-Italian major final. Pennetta won an additional 10 singles titles in her career and reached a career high of world No. 6. Additionally, Pennetta had an accomplished doubles career, achieving the World No. 1 ranking and winning a major doubles title at the Australian Open. Pennetta was a staple of the Italian Fed Cup team for more than a decade and was integral in capturing four championship titles. She is the first Italian woman to be nominated for the Hall of Fame.

Cara Black of Zimbabwe, was a World No. 1 doubles player and predominantly a doubles specialist throughout her WTA career, winning 60 titles. Black held the No. 1 ranking for 163 weeks, and spent 569 weeks inside the world top-10. She was a 5-time major doubles champion winning three titles at Wimbledon, as well as trophies at the Australian Open and the US Open. Black also won five mixed doubles major titles and is one of three women in tennis history (Open Era, since 1968) to have a achieved a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles. Black hails from a tennis family, and she partnered with her brother Wayne for two of her mixed doubles major titles.

American Lisa Raymond won 11 major titles with six different partners over the course of her career. Raymond won six major titles in women’s doubles, where she has a career Grand Slam, and five in mixed doubles. She also earned a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics with her mixed doubles partner, Mike Bryan, and was a member of a championship United States Fed Cup team. Raymond was ranked world No. 1 in doubles for 137 weeks and reached a career high of world No. 15 in singles. She won 79 career doubles titles. Raymond’s path to the WTA Tour came after great success at the collegiate level. As a member of the University of Florida women’s tennis team, Raymond won the NCAA singles title twice and led the team to their first national championship.

Tennis United: Rublev & Sabalenka On Match-Day Mentality

If you want to have success on Tour, where the competition is greater than ever, your mentality and pre-match preparation needs to be just right.

Russia’s Andrey Rublev and WTA star Aryna Sabalenka discuss as they sit down to discuss what happens in the locker room, from their routines to how they handle pressure in the latest episode of Tennis United: Crosscourt.

“All of us are humans, of course, we are nervous and we are tight,” Rublev said. “The hands are shaking. This is part of the sport and I think we get addicted to it. In the beginning, while we are playing I think we hate this feeling, but if you take this feeling away from us, we are addicted, we want to feel these emotions.”

On dealing with defeat, Sabalenka said: “By the time I get back to the room, I am a little bit cooler. But I can cry in the locker room and be so disappointed and sad with all of these emotions.”

Rublev and Sabalenka also discuss what goes on behind the scenes before the match, with the World No. 5 revealing how he is superstitious and struggles to stay off his phone.

The ATP and WTA are teaming again in 2021 for Tennis United: CrossCourt, a continuation of the award-winning digital content series originally released during the 2020 suspended season. The reimagined project marks the first major co-branded initiative to debut since the two Tours integrated marketing operations earlier this year.

Tennis United: CrossCourt goes behind the scenes of life on Tour through a series of intimate one-on-one conversations between ATP and WTA stars. Spanning eight short-format episodes, players explore a range of largely untouched subjects from within and beyond sport, offering fans a raw perspective on the experiences, pressures and privileges that make up life in professional tennis.

The complete episode list:
• Episode 1: Relationships (Gael Monfils & Elina Svitolina)
• Episode 2: Coaching (Felix Auger-Aliassime & Jennifer Brady)
• Episode 3: Doubles (Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Jamie Murray)
• Episode 4: Parenthood (Fabio Fognini & Elena Vesnina)
 Episode 5: Travel (Grigor Dimitrov & Belinda Bencic)

Nadal Welcomes Rooftop Rally Sensations To Academy

During the peak of the global pandemic last year, two Italian youngsters became internet sensations as they took to their rooftops in Finale Ligure, Italy, filming themselves playing tennis when courts and clubs were closed.

The resilience and perseverance of Vittoria, 14, and Carola, 12, caught the attention of Roger Federer, who joined the pair for a hit on the roof and promised to send them to the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar for summer camp.

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A year down the line, the former World No. 1 has stayed true to his word, with the girls travelling to Spain and attending the Academy this week. From hitting on the courts to meeting the 13-time Roland Garros champion, they both enjoyed an amazing experience in Manacor.

“I feel very comfortable,” Vittoria said. “The training sessions are really tiring, but both the coaches and the people at the Academy are very nice. It is really nice to be here.”

“I would like to stay here all my life because I feel comfortable and I would not want to go back to Italy.” Carola added. “I don’t want to stay here just a week, but all year round. Stay here at school, study and play tennis.”

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Budge Patty, 1950 Roland Garros & Wimbledon Champion, Dies Aged 97

Budge Patty, the debonair American who won the 1950 Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles in a 15-year amateur career, has passed away at a hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, aged 97.

Patty, a serve-volleyer on the court and playboy off it when he settled in Paris after the Second World War, became a fluent French speaker. In 1950, the year he decided to give up smoking, Patty claimed three straight fifth-set triumphs at Roland Garros, culminating in a 6-1, 6-2, 2-6, 5-7, 7-5 final victory over Jaroslav Drobny and he received the warmth of the crowd. A year earlier he had finished as runner-up to fellow American Frank Parker.

One month after his victory on Parisian clay, Patty built a service and return strategy to overcome Frank Sedgman in the Wimbledon final. Having watched Sedgman in Paris and at Queen’s Club, Patty realised that the Australian didn’t like to rush the net and instead preferred to dictate the tempo of the match. Patty warmed up for the Wimbledon final on an outside court with Tony Trabert, barely hitting a ball into the court. But by the time he walked onto Centre Court, the 26-year-old settled quickly and won 6-1, 8-10, 6-2, 6-3.

International Tennis Hall of Fame President Stan Smith said, “Budge Patty was one of the great American players of the 1940s and 50s. Winning over 70 tournament titles is remarkable, and to win Wimbledon and Roland Garros back-to-back is a massive feat. While he competed before my time, I’ve often heard about how beautiful and elegant his game was. He will be remembered as a standout among tennis history’s greatest champions”.


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Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the Patty family soon moved to Los Angeles, California. He first played tennis aged nine with his older brother, who nicknamed him ‘Budge’ for his laziness and “failure to budge”, on the courts of the Los Angeles High School and at Queen Anne Park. As a junior, he practised every Saturday at 6am with five-time major singles champion Pauline Betz, who lived nearby.

After Patty won the novice championships of Los Angeles aged 13, Betz heard of a tennis pro called Bill Weissbuch, an assistant to Eleanor Tennant and coach of five-time major singles winner Alice Marble, who was looking to develop a young talent. Betz promoted 13-year-old Patty, who caught the attention of actors Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor, and for the next two years won every tournament he entered. He took lessons with Weissbuch at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club, which was owned and operated by Fred Perry and Ellsworth Vines.

Weissbuch pushed the need to play aggressive tennis, and it was a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Bill Tilden at the club that forced the then 5’4” Patty to ditch his baseline game. Recounting the match in his 1951 autobiography, Tennis My Way, Patty wrote, “Tilden told me at the end, ‘Sonny, you play a pretty good game of tennis, but you will never be any better than you are right now unless you learn to play a little more aggressive type of game. Learn to volley and attack as much as possible. That’s the only way you’ll ever become a champion’.”

Patty won the under-15 US national title in 1939, the under-18 singles and doubles titles in 1941— saving one match point against Vic Seixas in the singles final — and worked on his game the following year, when he retained the title, once he left high school. He’d planned to go to the University of Southern California in 1942, but a few days after enrolling he was called up to the US Army. After six months, he was permitted to leave the camp each day in Salt Lake City to train for three straight weeks in order to win the Utah state championships title. Afterwards, Patty spent two years in Italy with the 12th Air Force Public Relations department and was discharged in January 1946.

Patty
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Within four years of first appearing at 1946 Wimbledon, where a number of the Centre Court seats were still roped off because of bomb damage, John Olliff, a former Davis Cup player and tennis correspondent of The Daily Telegraph, adjudged Patty to be the World No. 1 amateur in 1950. To date, Patty is only one of three American men — Don Budge in 1938 and Trabert in 1955 — to have achieved the Roland Garros and Wimbledon title double.

At Wimbledon in 1953, Patty failed to convert six match points on Drobny’s serve in a third-round match that lasted four hours and 20 minutes — a record at the time for the longest continuous tennis match. In doubles, Patty won the 1946 Roland Garros mixed title with Betz and partnered Gardnar Mulloy, who passed away aged 102 in November 2016, to the doubles title at Wimbledon in 1957. He also finished doubles runner-up with Mulloy at the US Championships two months later.

Often criticised for not playing enough on American soil, Patty later worked as a travel agent from his Paris residence (his home since 1948) and had bit parts in movies, before moving into real estate. He married the daughter of a Brazilian engineering magnate, Marcina Maria Sfezzo, his wife of 60 years and they lived in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1977, made annual visits to the All England Club, Wimbledon, and continued to play three or four times a week until his late 80s, often using his old wooden frames.

Patty is survived by his wife and their two daughters, Christine and Elaine.

John ‘Budge’ Edward Patty, tennis player, born 11 February 1924, died 3 October 2021.

2021 US Open Champions Donate Artifact To The International Tennis Hall Of Fame

The historic 2021 US Open that saw two new first-time Grand Slam champions etch their names into tennis’ history books will be an inspiring story of tennis history forever preserved at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Champions Daniil Medvedev and Emma Raducanu each gifted items from their major victories to the permanent collection in the Hall of Fame’s Museum.

Moments after Medvedev’s win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the first-time grand slam champion handed a racquet from the championship match over to ITHF President Stan Smith. Raducanu gifted the Hall of Fame the Nike kit that she wore in her magical two weeks in New York.

The racquet and outfit are now displayed in the Museum for tennis fans to enjoy. As part of the permanent collection, the pieces will also be photographed for use in future digital exhibits and educational content produced by the Museum.

“The International Tennis Hall of Fame preserves tennis history so that future generations can learn from and be inspired by the sport’s most notable moments and remarkable people. Emma and Daniil certainly showed that they are those remarkable people during their spectacular US Open title runs. We are grateful to Emma and Daniil for recognizing the importance of the Hall of Fame’s mission to preserve tennis history for future generations and for providing this special piece of tennis history to the museum,” said Stan Smith, ITHF President.

With a straight sets win, Medvedev captured his first major title with an victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, denying Djokovic’s quest for the calendar-year Grand Slam. Medvedev became the first man since Rafael Nadal in 2010 and the second since Ivan Lendl in 1987 to drop just one set en route to the US Open title. In lifting the trophy, Medvedev became the third man in Russian tennis to win a major title, joining the ranks of Hall of Famers Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

Raducanu, 18, became the first qualifier to win a major. She did so without dropping a set the entire tournament, winning 20 sets en route to the final.

She clinched the trophy with a straight sets win over fellow teen sensation, Canadian Leylah Fernandez. Raducanu became the first Britain to win a major title since Hall of Famer Virginia Wade in 1977. Her historic victory elicited enthusiastic support from around the world, topped off with a personal note from Queen Elizabeth.

Andy Murray: Wedding Ring Is Back, Shoes Still Stink!

Andy Murray is a winner even before playing his first match at the BNP Paribas Open.

Less than 24 hours after appealing to fans to use social media to spread news of his stolen wedding ring, the Scot has joyfully reported the successful recovery of the ring and the tennis shoes to which it was tied.

“I want to send a quick thanks for all the messages and for people sharing the story about the shoes and wedding ring,” Murray said in a selfie video posted to his Instagram account. “I had to make a few calls today and chat to security at the hotel and I have a little update for everyone…

“Would you believe it… they still absolutely stink but the shoes are back, the wedding ring is back and I’m back in the good books. Let’s go!”

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Murray’s Wedding Ring Plea

Murray first reported in a video that he left his tennis shoes to defunkify overnight under a car in his hotel’s parking lot. They were stolen during the night and it wasn’t until he was preparing for practice that he realised that his wedding ring was looped through a shoelace.

That prompted his appeal on Instagram, which played in a role in today’s happy final chapter.

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Murray's Wedding Ring Plea

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray is yet to compete at the BNP Paribas Open this week, but his time in Indian Wells has already got off to a terrible start after the Brit had his wedding ring stolen in a strange incident in California.

The 34-year-old took to Instagram to explain how he had left his tennis shoes under his car overnight to ‘air’ out after training, but returned to find them gone from the hotel car park the next morning.

While he was able to replace the shoes, like many players, Murray ties his wedding ring to his shoes when he plays. When asked by his physio if he had the ring on him ahead of training on Wednesday, the Brit had the dreaded realisation it was missing and has taken to Instagram to appeal for help.

“Last night after dinner here at Indian Wells, got back in the car to go back to the hotel and the car didn’t smell great,” Murray explained on Instagram. “Basically, I’d left my tennis shoes in there. It’s been like 39 degrees so my tennis shoes are pretty damp, sweat and smelly so I decided when I got back to the hotel, the shoes needed some air and needed to dry them out a little bit.

“I have no balcony in room and didn’t want to leave them in my room ‘coz they’d stink the room out so I thought I’m going to leave the shoes underneath the car to get some air to them and dry them out overnight.

“Anyway, when I got back to the car in the morning the shoes were gone. So, my tennis shoes for the tournament had been [stolen] so I had to go to the local pro shop and buy different shoes to what I normally wear.

“Anyway, as I was preparing for my practice, my physio said to me, ‘where’s your wedding ring?’ and I was like, ‘oh no’. I tie my wedding ring to my tennis shoes when I’m playing because I can’t play with it on my hand so my wedding ring has been stolen as well.

“Needless to say, I’m in the bad books at home so I want to try and find it so if anyone can share this or may have any clue where they may be, it would be very helpful so I can try and get it back and get to the bottom of it.”

Murray, who reached the final in Indian Wells in 2009, will begin his campaign against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

FedEx ATP Rankings Logic Updated

The ATP has announced an adjustment to the FedEx ATP Rankings logic following prior calendar changes due to COVID-19.

Effective immediately and retroactively, ATP Tour-level tournaments with a ranking drop off date after 9 August 2021, including tournaments played during the revised ranking period (17 August 2020 – 9 August 2021), will be included in a player’s ranking breakdown for 52 weeks, regardless of when the next edition of the tournament commences. The change addresses situations in which a player does not keep his ranking points for 52 weeks due to the earlier scheduling of the same event in the following year.

Due to the adjustment’s impact on players who competed at the 2020 ATP 250 tournament in Nur-Sultan, the first tournament affected by the outlined scenario, and the implications for subsequent entry lists, the ATP, in consultation with the ATP Player Council, has decided to re-run the entry lists that closed in the week of 27 September. This has been done to ensure all acceptances for upcoming tournaments operate under the same entry principles aligned with the latest FedEx ATP Rankings logic.

This adjustment aligns with the traditional FedEx ATP Rankings approach taken prior to the introduction of COVID-19 modifications. Since the Tour’s return from suspension in August 2020, the ATP has remained flexible in its approach towards the FedEx ATP Rankings and will continue making adjustments where necessary to maintain a fair merit-based system for players.

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Cervara On Supporting Colleague Schneider: 'I Want To Continue To Help'

When Daniil Medvedev’s coach, Gilles Cervara, steps on court to work with his charge at the upcoming BNP Paribas Open, he will not be wearing his normal practice kit. Instead, the Frenchman will be wearing a special logo to raise awareness for one of his colleagues.

Cervara’s shirt will have a logo on his chest that reads “Kiki, coz I care”. It is a sign of support for Kristijan Schneider — also known as “Kiki” — the former coach of Borna Coric, who has been battling cancer.

“I started to think about relationships, because on Tour I can feel the good energy between coaches, especially on the men’s tour. We meet every day, every tournament and it’s very friendly,” Cervara told ATPTour.com. “I was thinking, if one of the coaches gets in trouble, are these friendly relations very deep or just fake or superficial? That’s why I started to try to fight for Kiki, to give him some help and to try to ask coaches if they want to help him.

“It was important for me to see if coaches are able to give this support to someone who is in trouble like Kristijan. It started like this.”

Support Fundraiser For Schneider

Schneider, who most recently recently worked with WTA player Olga Danilovic in Melbourne this year, was originally diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago when he was training Coric. On that occasion, he did not need chemotherapy, as the affected region was removed.

But after returning from Australia this year, he was diagnosed with abdominal cancer and learned he needed chemo, which is still ongoing. A fundraiser was launched to help cover the expenses of Schneider’s treatment.

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People who have involved themselves include Italian Thomas Fabbiano, who at the Miami Open presented by Itau raised awareness by donating $1 for every minute he played during the tournament.

Cervara wants to make sure his colleague, whom he first met at the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in 2017, feels the support of the tennis world, and has been in touch with the Croatian.

“I want to continue to help him,” Cervara said. “[I want] to find solutions, to give him hope, to give him energy, to give him support, and also to give him money to find the amount for his treatment to save his life.”

In July another coach, former doubles World No. 102 Adam Peterson, was rushed to the hospital after experiencing complete liver and kidney failure.

After extensive testing, Peterson was diagnosed with Stage 4 Burkitt Lymphoma, a fast-growing cancer that requires aggressive treatment. Peterson needs a minimum of eight rounds of extensive chemotherapy and has recently completed the second stage. To learn how to support his battle, click here.