Martina Navratilova revealed on ITV1’s Loose Women that going public with her breast cancer battle has been more exhausting than her surgery.

In her first UK TV interview, the Wimbledon legend told ITV1’s Loose Women that she hopes to raise awareness of breast cancer after she was fortunate enough to catch the disease early.

The Czech-born star has undergone a lumpectomy and begins a six-week course of radiation therapy next month.

She said: “I’m doing just fine, it’s just been difficult because when I decided to go public – I’ve done a lot of interviews and that’s been actually more exhausting than my actual surgery that I had.

The former I’m a Celebrity… contestant was diagnosed with DCIS, a non-invasive form of the disease, in February, but only went public last week.

“I just wanted to remind women to go and get their mammograms, because without it, by the time it turns into a lump, it’s cancer everywhere. And so then the cure is much, much stronger and much more dangerous.”

She continued: “Diagnosis was February 24th – that was sort of my personal 9/11 because I knew my life would never be the same.

“Because of the mammogram we found it early. And I thought, you know, I let it slip – I didn’t have one for over four years, as it turned out, because I just thought… I’ll get to it – and I never got to it.

“It’s funny, when we get a notification from our vet that it’s time to take our pet for vaccinations, we take them right away, right? But when women get, ‘It’s time for your check-up’, we go, ‘Oh I’ll do it next week.’ But soon it’s next year…”