Tennis stars voice support for Aryna Sabalenka after her boyfriend’s death

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Tennis Community Mourns the Loss of Aryna Sabalenka’s Partner, Konstantin Koltsov

The tennis world is in a state of shock following the sudden death of Belarusian tennis star Aryna Sabalenka’s partner, former professional ice hockey player Konstantin Koltsov. The Miami-Dade Police Department has reported that the 42-year-old Koltsov died in an “apparent suicide,” with no foul play suspected.

The unfortunate incident occurred just days before Sabalenka was scheduled to compete at the Miami Open. As a seeded player, she enjoys a first-round bye in the tournament. Her second-round opponent will be none other than her close friend, Paula Badosa of Spain.

Badosa shared her condolences and expressed her concern for Sabalenka following their encounter at the tournament on Tuesday. “She’s one of my best friends,” Badosa stated to reporters, adding, “Yesterday, I spoke with her for a long time, and this morning as well. It’s a very tough situation for her.”

Koltsov had an impressive ice hockey career, playing 144 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also represented Belarus at two Winter Olympics. Following his retirement from professional ice hockey, Koltsov worked as a coach for the Russian ice hockey team Salavat Yulaev.

Regularly accompanying Sabalenka to tennis tournaments around the world, Koltsov and Sabalenka had reportedly been in a relationship since June 2021, according to People magazine.

Caroline Wozniacki, the former world No. 1 tennis player, also expressed her support and concern for Sabalenka following her victory at the Miami Open against Clara Burel. “I can’t even imagine what she’s going through right now,” Wozniacki shared with reporters, adding that she had reached out to Sabalenka to offer her support and friendship during this challenging time.

Koltsov’s death is a reminder of the importance of addressing mental health issues, and it is crucial for anyone experiencing despair or suicidal thoughts to seek help. In the US, call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to connect with a trained counselor. Internationally, resources and hotlines are available from the International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Aryna Sabalenka and all those affected by this tragic event. May Koltsov’s memory continue to inspire those who knew him, and may Sabalenka find the strength she needs during this challenging time.