Amanda Anisimova to skip US Open because of father's death

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Amanda Anisimova to skip US Open because of father's death

A tragedy has hit Amanda Anisimova. Her father and longtime coach Konstantin Anisimov died on Monday after suffering a heart attack. Anisimova will not play the US Open that starts on Monday. There were a lot of expectations on the American teenager as she had reached the French Open semifinals earlier this year losing to the eventual champion Ashleigh Barty in a three-set match.

Many tennis personalities sent their condolences to Anisimova, including Maria Sharapova. "My heart with you Amanda." The Miami Open Tournament Director James Blake wrote: "I just heard the news about the tragedy in Amanda's family.

I am so sorry to hear that and am so sad for you and your family. I wish you the best and know you have so many supporters at your lowest times to lift you up." On her improvements, in Paris during a press conference Anisimova had said: "Definitely that's something I work on, just being composed, because that's when I play my best tennis when I'm not really nervous.

I think I have done a better job. Like, I've practiced it. I tried to put myself in difficult situations and try to face challenges and try to calm down when that happens. Yeah, it's definitely a big thing in tennis. It's definitely what I have been working on."