The Tennis Thread - from Jan 2020 (Part 2)

Another italain Novak lost to this time by the lucky loser lols

kokk just beat #83 in the world in a challenger.
bernie has not been playing recently.
nick seems awol - and I think he has retired but won’t announce it as he’ll have to deal with 1 question asked 1 million times -

are you a wasted talent?

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is that a rhetorical question?

Tomic trying to make a comeback?

he is, but taken a few weeks off, maybe he’ll give it away as he wasn’t getting above about #250. he is probably still on his own list of players who can win wimbledon

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Alcaraz knocked off Sinner in the semi and then Medvedev in the final to take out Indian Wells.

Some of his shot making in the qtr final match I saw against Zverev was just insane.

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Have you got that Bein app to watch it on?

Nah I just watch the highlights packages after the fact haha

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Hahaha. Ok!

Far out :disappointed:

I feel for Sabalenka so much.

She’s such a likeable, warm, joyous sort of person who has only recently overcome the death of her father and broken through the mental yips she used to experience to really flourish and shine through as a dominant force on tour.

Now this.

Her tennis is a distant priority but gee, I can see this having a massive impact on the trajectory of her career :disappointed:.

Strange that it’s not really clear how it’s happened. I know he was certainly considerably older than her but 42 is still so young.

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Damm shatterd for her love Saba shes my favourite :cry:

Omg. That’s so sad :frowning:

They’re saying it was suicide now.

Sabalenka still turned up to the Miami courts to train ahead of her next match :flushed:

Dressed in all black apparently. No press conferences after her matches.

I cannot fathom how she’s still just pushing on and seemingly still going to play.

Konstantin Koltsov’s death ruled apparent suicide by police

  • ESPN News Services

Mar 20, 2024, 03:47 AM

MIAMI – The death of Konstantin Koltsov, the Belarusian former pro hockey player and boyfriend of professional tennis player Aryna Sabalenka, has been ruled an apparent suicide, the Miami-Dade Police Department said Tuesday. Koltsov was 42.

Police said in a statement sent to Reuters that Bal Harbour Police and Fire Rescue had responded to a call at 12:39 a.m. Monday at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort about reports of a man jumping off a balcony.

“No foul play is suspected,” the Miami-Dade Police Department said in a statement, adding that the homicide bureau has taken over the investigation.

Koltsov was a forward with the Belarus national team in the 2002 and 2010 Olympics and played 144 games over parts of three seasons with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins from 2002 and 2006. The 1999 first-round draft pick had 12 goals and 26 assists with the Penguins.

His death was confirmed by Russian club Salavat Yulaev Ufa, where he was an assistant coach for the past two seasons. He also was an assistant on staff for the men’s national team.

“Konstantin was one of the undisputable leaders of our team, a talented progressive coach, a bright player,” national team coach Dmitry Baskov said in a statement. “He was an example of sturdiness, hard work, dedication and an idol for many Belarusian boys and his colleagues. It’s hard and unfair when such people leave so early.”

Koltsov played most of his career in the Russian Superleague, which morphed into the KHL, finishing with Dynamo Minsk in 2015-16 and going into coaching. Koltsov won a Gagarin Cup championship with Salavat Yulaev Ufa as a player in 2010-11.

“He was a strong and cheerful person, he was loved and respected by players, colleagues, and fans,” the team said in a statement. “[Koltsov] forever wrote himself into the history of our club.”

Sabalenka, the world’s No. 2 women’s tennis player and Australian Open champion, is in Miami for the Miami Open – a women’s WTA event. She had not withdrawn from the event as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Messages sent to Sabalenka’s publicist and tournament officials seeking comment were not immediately returned to The Associated Press.

Sabalenka was practicing Tuesday while wearing all black. She has a first-round bye and is scheduled to play either Romanian wild card Simona Halep, who is returning from a doping ban, or Spain’s Paula Badosa on Friday.

There will be no news conferences following her matches.

Farrrrk

That’s horrific

So her boyfriend throws himself out of a hotel window and the next morning she goes to training and will play the next day

Mind blowing cold blooded

(read in Ivan Drago voice) ‘Emotion is weakness in Eastern Bloc country’

I must admit, it did really surprise me to read. I couldn’t believe it. I thought she’d take time away from the tour for quite a while (weeks-months).

But I guess all you can say is people deal with grief in varying ways and there’s no one size fits all approach. And I suppose that given she had to deal with the grief of her Dad dying only a few years ago (he was only in his early 40’s), if anything maybe she’s applying some learnings from then.

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Well, it appears that they had silently broken up before this tragedy.

Oooh so she broke up with him, broke his heart and he topped himself

Blood on her hands :skull:

That’s not how that works

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