Tennis Community Supports Sabalenka After Tragic Loss in Miami

Aryna Sabalenka Miami Open tragedy

Tennis players rally around Aryna Sabalenka as she prepares to compete in the Miami Open amidst the devastating news of her boyfriend’s tragic death. Konstantin Koltsov, a former NHL player, died in an apparent suicide, plunging from a balcony at a Miami resort. Sabalenka, ranked world number two, intends to continue in the tournament despite the heartbreaking loss.

Close friend and fellow player, Paula Badosa, expressed the discomfort of facing Sabalenka on the court amidst such a distressing situation. “It’s a very tough situation,” Badosa stated, highlighting the emotional toll on both herself and Sabalenka.

Caroline Wozniacki and Jessica Pegula echoed sentiments of support and sympathy, emphasizing the profound sadness felt throughout the tennis community. “To see her go through that, it’s heartbreaking,” Wozniacki expressed, while Pegula emphasized the importance of offering support in various ways as Sabalenka navigates her grief.

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The tragic news has also reverberated in the hockey world, with the Belarus hockey federation mourning Koltsov’s passing. Koltsov, who had a notable career in the NHL and represented Belarus in multiple international competitions, leaves behind a legacy in both sports.

As Sabalenka prepares to step onto the court, she carries with her the unwavering support of her peers and fans, demonstrating the resilience and strength amidst unimaginable loss.

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