Aryna Sabalenka’s boyfriend Konstantin Koltsov dies in Miami, aged 42

Sabalenka and Koltsov had been in a relationship since at the least 2021 – Aryna Sabalenka | Instagram

Konstantin Koltsov, the Belarusian former professional ice hockey participant and boyfriend of tennis participant Aryna Sabalenka, has died on the age of 42, Russian membership Salavat Yulaev mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday.

Koltsov was in Florida with Sabalenka the place the world No 2 is scheduled to play within the Miami Open on Friday, having featured at Indian Wells final week.

Ahead Koltsov performed for the Belarus nationwide crew within the 2002 and 2010 Olympics and spent elements of three seasons with the Nationwide Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins from 2002 and 2006.

Belarus's Aryna Sabalenka reacts as she plays against US player Madison Keys during their women's singles quarter-finals tennis match on the tenth day of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 12, 2023

Aryna Sabalenka is the No 2 ranked participant on the earth – Getty Photos/Glyn Kirk

“It’s with deep sorrow that we inform you that the coach of Salavat Yulaev, Konstantin Koltsov, has handed away,” Salavat Yulaev, which is predicated within the Russian metropolis of Ufa, mentioned within the assertion.

“He was a robust and cheerful particular person, he was cherished and revered by gamers, colleagues, and followers. Konstantin Evgenievich eternally wrote himself into the historical past of our membership.

“Might he relaxation in peace.”

Famend for his velocity on the ice, Koltsov gained the Russian Tremendous League title with Salavat Yulaev in 2008 and extra just lately returned to the membership as an assistant coach.

Sabalenka and Koltsov had been first linked in June 2021, in line with Individuals journal, and the world quantity two has regularly posted pictures of them collectively on her Instagram account.

“I really like you @‌koltsov2021,” she wrote in a single put up that included coronary heart and different emojis.

“Comfortable birthday my love. You’re my dearest particular person, my finest buddy and my strongest assist. Peace be with you, energy, endurance and well being.

“I hope we may have all the things we deliberate I really like you.”

Konstantin Koltsov #28 of Belarus skates up ice against Slovakia the IIHF World Men's Championships preliminary round game at Wiener Stadthalle on April 30, 2005 in Vienna, Austria

Konstantin Koltsov performed worldwide ice hockey for Belarus – Getty Photos/Doug Benc

Koltsov additionally applauded Sabalenka after the Belarusian gained her second consecutive Australian Open title in January.

Sabalenka misplaced within the final 16 at Indian Wells final week and is scheduled to play her first match on the Miami Open on Friday.

It’s believed Koltsov has three kids from a earlier relationship, and it stays unclear if Sabalenka will play within the Miami Open on the finish of the week.

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