Lleyton Hewitt (AUS), Roger Federer (SUI) and Todd Woodbridge

16-time Grand Slam champion recovering after heart attack

Todd Woodbridge has spoken of his ‘shock’ after suffering from a heart attack last Thursday.

Woodbridge, a 16-time Grand Slam champion and former top 20 singles player, began to experience chest pains whilst working out at his home gym in Melbourne.

He told the Australian Associated Press: ”I tried to keep my routine having travelled to the US Open and London and I was just exercising and had chest pains and every symptom when you look up Google – full sweats and I felt awful”.

”I had a little heart episode that goes down as a mild heart attack which is a bit of a shock to me.”

Woodbridge, who turned 51 in April, saw his two brothers pass away in their fifties and is wary when it comes to his own health.

The nine-time Wimbledon doubles champion said, ”I’ve hit the age now where I need to make sure that I have regular testing, get to the doctors. I’ve been fortunate enough to go and get all the tests and I’m ok. With good monitoring and a bit of mild medication moving forward, I’ll be fine.”

”But what I did learn was how important hereditary genes are to your health. I am aware that my mom and dad have had a few issues with needing some stents and my dad had very high cholesterol. If I take care of that I have the ability to be fine in the future.”

Todd Woodbridge is widely regarded as one of the greatest doubles players of all time. His partnership with compatriot Mark Woodforde is one of the most successful partnerships in the history of men’s doubles with twelve Grand Slam titles.

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