Tennis star Aryna Sabalenka receives support as she mourns death of boyfriend

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Belarusian tennis star Aryna Sabalenka obtained phrases of help from her colleagues on Tuesday after police mentioned her former hockey participant boyfriend died by “obvious suicide” in Florida earlier within the week.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 tennis participant on this planet, is reportedly set to play within the Miami Open on Friday however won’t take any questions from the media as she mourns the lack of 42-year-old Konstantin Koltsov. She is about to face Spain’s Paula Badosa on Thursday.


Aryna Sabalenka will get able to stroll out on court docket from the gamers tunnel to play towards Emma Raducanu of Nice Britain of their third spherical match through the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Backyard on March 11, 2024 in Indian Wells, California. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Photos)

“Yesterday I spoke together with her a whole lot of time. This morning the identical. So I do know what she’s going by means of,” Badosa mentioned, through PA Media. “I do know the whole state of affairs, what is going on. That for me is a little bit bit surprising additionally to undergo that as a result of on the finish she’s my finest buddy and I don’t need her to undergo. It’s a really powerful state of affairs.

“On the identical level, taking part in towards her, it’s additionally uncomfortable. However I don’t actually need to speak about it as a result of I mentioned I’m not going to speak about it. She’s my finest buddy and I promised that. She’s a powerful girl. I believe she is going to get the facility from someplace. I hope it’s going to be a battle, match.”

Caroline Wozniacki known as it a “horrible state of affairs” for Sabalenka to be coping with

Aryna Sabalenka in the Aussie Open

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus exhibits her frustration through the finals of the 2024 Australian Open on Jan. 27, 2024, at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)


“I really like Aryna. I believe she’s such an excellent individual. She’s all the time so comfortable and on the market. To see her undergo that, it’s heartbreaking. Everybody grieves otherwise. She was strolling previous at this time. I used to be giving her her house. I let her know that if she ever wants something, I’m right here, we’re right here for her.”

Koltsov, who can also be from Belarus, performed for the Pittsburgh Penguins within the NHL in addition to a number of groups in Russia and Belarus.

The Miami-Dade Police Division in Florida mentioned he died by suicide.

Konstantin Koltsov in 2004

Pittsburgh’s Konstantin Koltsov, #71, is proven in a sport towards Washington on Tuesday, March 30, 2004. (George Bridges/MCT/Tribune Information Service through Getty Photos)

“In accordance with investigators on Monday, March 18, 2024, at roughly 12:39 a.m., Bal Harbour Police and Hearth Rescue had been dispatched to the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, 9703 Collins Avenue, in reference to a male that jumped from a balcony,” the Miami-Dade Police Division confirmed to Fox Information Digital on Tuesday. 


“The Miami-Dade Police Division, Murder Bureau, responded and has taken over the investigation of the obvious suicide of Mr. Konstantin Koltsov. … No foul play is suspected.”

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