Aryna Sabalenka made a brave choice: why poeple speculate on heartache?

The Belarusian's choice to play the Miami Open was criticized, but in my opinion she was very brave

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Aryna Sabalenka made a brave choice: why poeple speculate on heartache?
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Aryna Sabalenka talked for the first time about Konstantin Koltsov, her former partner and former Belarusian ice hockey player. The Belarusian, through an Instagram story, asked for respect for the privacy of all the people involved in this tragedy.

"Konstantin's death is an unthinkable tragedy and, even though we were no longer together, I am heartbroken. Please respect my privacy and that of his family during this difficult time," she wrote.

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Sabalenka has decided to take to the court for the WTA 1000 in Miami where tomorrow, in the second round, she will challenge her best friend Paula Badosa.
Many fans and insiders welcomed Sabalenka's choice with surprise.

Some negative comments have invaded the web even in a delicate moment like this, without considering that each person processes grief in a completely personal way. It is so difficult to leave the Belarusian tennis player alone and avoid negative comments even in such a dramatic moment.

If Aryna has decided to play, she is a good choice, she must be respected. Grief is different for each of us and everyone processes it in their own way. Aryna's choice was very courageous. Not everyone would have been able to do it.

Koltsov's death

Through a statement, the Belarusian Federation announced the sudden death of Koltsov - who was in Miami - at the age of 42.

The causes of death have not yet been ascertained, but Miami police spoke of an alleged suicide. The police department told CNN that firefighters and patrol were asked to reach the St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort, 9703 Collins Avenue, to rescue a man who jumped from a balcony.

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