The tragedy struck 17-year-old rising American star Amanda Anisimova and her family.
Tennis. Life has learned that Konstantin Anisimov, Anisimov's father and longtime coach, was found dead on Monday.
No confirmed information about the incident is available yet. Anisimov didn't know he was ill.
Apparently he was alone when he was found. [
Anisimov is believed to be only 53 years old.
(Her agent Max Eisenbud confirmed the news to ESPN's Alyssa Roenigk on Tuesday, and IMG's public relations department also confirmed it to Tennis.Life).
He and wife Olga moved to the United States from Russia in 1
Amanda was born three years later and with her father as a trainer quickly rose the ranks a nd was a semi-finalist at the French Open earlier this year.
But along with her meteoric rise – and the takeover of her career by the IMG Mammoth Agency, Anisimov's coach (though not the father) was removed to some extent.
Anisimova turns 18 on August 31st.
We were told that Anisimova – understandably – was being withdrawn from the US Open, which starts in a week. Just two years after winning the Junior Championship, she would be No. 24.
She retired from Toronto and Cincinnati with a reverse number.
What an indescribable tragedy a young girl must deal with. .
Sincere condolences to her and to the rest of her family.