Tragedy has hit 17-year-old rising American star Amanda Anisimova and her family.
Tennis.Life has been told that Konstantin Anisimov, Anisimova's father and longtime coach, was found dead Monday.
No information is yet available on what happened. Anisimov was not known to have been ill.
Apparently he was alone when found.
It is believed that Anisimov was only 53 years old.
(Her agent, Max Eisenbud, confirmed the news to ESPN's Alyssa Roenigk late 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 1998 with their older daughter Maria, also a tennis player, but now in the financial industry in New York. Anisimovs got divorced in recent years.
Amanda was born three years later, and with her father as a coach, they rose quickly and were a semi-finalist at the French Open earlier this year.
But along with her meteoric rise – and the takeover of her career by the mammoth agency IMG, the Anisimov coach (though not the father) had been put aside to some degree.
Anisimova turns 18 on August 31.
We have been told that Anisimova – understandably – is pulling out of the US Open, which begins in about a week. She would have been the No. 24 seed, just two years after winning the junior event.
She had withdrawn from Toronto and Cincinnati with a back problem.
On Tuesday, the family released a brief statement to Anisimova's representatives.
“We are shocked and saddened by our father's sudden passing away. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time and ask you to respect our privacy. "
What an indescribable tragedy for a young girl to tackle.
Sincere compassion for her as well as the rest of her family.