Watch: First footage of Aryna Sabalenka after boyfriend died by suicide in Miami

Sabalenka set to play in Miami despite tragically losing her boyfriend of three years Konstantin Koltsov.

by Dzevad Mesic
Watch: First footage of Aryna Sabalenka after boyfriend died by suicide in Miami
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Aryna Sabalenka hit the practice court on Tuesday and it definitely seems like the Belarusian is going to play at the Miami Open after tragically losing her boyfriend Konstantin Koltsov. 

After initial reports from Belarus claimed that 42-year-old Koltsov suddenly died due to a detached blood clot, it was later revealed that was not the cause of death. When the Miami-Dade Police Department broke the silence on the Koltsov death, they said that they were investigating the case as "an apparent suicide." 

After arriving on the scene and concluding an early investigation, it was determined that Koltsov likely died after jumping off the balcony of his hotel. Also, the police said "no foul play" was suspected. 

Aryna Sabalenka and Konstantin Koltsov
Aryna Sabalenka and Konstantin Koltsov© Aryna Sabalenka - Instagram

Throughout Tuesday, many believed it was just a matter of time before Sabalenka announced her withdrawal from Miami. But after the Miami-Dade PD statement, it was also reported that Sabalenka was planning on competing in Miami but that she would not be conducting post-match press conferences. 

Later on Tuesday, world No. 2 Sabalenka was filmed during a practice session. 

Sabalenka set to play in Miami after boyfriend Koltsov's death 

“According to investigators on Monday, March 18, 2024, at approximately 12:39 a.m., Bal Harbour Police and Fire Rescue were 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 Department said in a statement.

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

Konstantin Koltsov
Konstantin Koltsov© Aryna Sabalenka - Instagram

Since Sabalenka is the second-seeded player in Miami, she had a first-round bye. After Paula Badosa defeated Simona Halep in the Miami first round on Tuesday, Sabalenka learned that she would be facing the Spaniard in her opening match at the tournament. 

Sabalenka and Badosa are very close friends and the head-to-head between the two currently stands at 2-2.

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