Sunday 22 May 2022 01:19 AM Tennis ace and TV commentator told the cancer surgeon he'd rather DIE than not ... trends now

Sunday 22 May 2022 01:19 AM Tennis ace and TV commentator told the cancer surgeon he'd rather DIE than not ... trends now
Sunday 22 May 2022 01:19 AM Tennis ace and TV commentator told the cancer surgeon he'd rather DIE than not ... trends now

Sunday 22 May 2022 01:19 AM Tennis ace and TV commentator told the cancer surgeon he'd rather DIE than not ... trends now

'Give me a good two or three years and I’ll ride off into the sunset a bloody happy man': Tennis ace and TV commentator once told the surgeon who saved him from prostate cancer he'd rather DIE than not have a sex life

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Former tennis ace and TV commentator John Lloyd told the surgeon who saved him he would rather die from prostate cancer than survive without a sex life.

When the star was diagnosed with a tumour, he was warned that invasive surgery carried a risk of nerve damage, which could leave him impotent.

‘I said, look, my life has been amazing, if the nerves are entangled and you can’t get to the tumour, just sew me up, let me have a good two or three years and I’ll ride off into the sunset a bloody happy man,’ Lloyd told The Mail on Sunday. ‘He thought I was joking. I said, “I’m deadly serious.” ’

Fortunately for the former British No 1, the tumour was successfully removed in 2017 without damage to any vital nerves, a story recounted by Lloyd, 67, in his new book, Dear John.

Former tennis ace and TV commentator John Lloyd (pictured with Chris Evert) told the surgeon who saved him he would rather die from prostate cancer than survive without a sex life

Former tennis ace and TV commentator John Lloyd (pictured with Chris Evert) told the surgeon who saved him he would rather die from prostate cancer than survive without a sex life

Luck is a prominent theme of the autobiography, telling how a boy from Southend in Essex travelled the world as a professional tennis player, mixed with A-listers and presidents and married Chris Evert, one of the most famous tennis superstars of the time. ‘I’ve crammed things into

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