Amanda Anisimova out of U.S. Open after father dies

Ross Houston
August 22, 2019

American teenager Amanda Anisimova withdrew from the U.S. Open on Tuesday because of the recent death of her father and coach, Konstantin.

The cause of Anisimov's sudden death has not been revealed. He was in his mid fifties. The 17-year-old American was coached by her Russian-born father Konstantin Anisimov, who played an instrumental role in his daughter's advance to the French Open semi-finals in June, earlier this year.

The family has Russian roots, having migrated to the U.S. only in 1998 and Anisimov chose to coach Amanda in tennis when there was an obvious interest in the sport.

Anisimova, who last played at Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose earlier this month, is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 23.

Anisimova is ranked 24th by the WTA, climbing rapidly after beginning the year as the world number 95.

Following Monday's tragic news, the tennis world quickly expressed its sympathy for the Anisimova family, with Maria Sharapova and Nick Kyrgios tweeting messages of support.

Anisimova won her first WTA singles title in Bogota, Colombia, in April.

Anisimova has recently been out of action with a back injury but was aiming to make her comeback in the final Grand Slam of the year.

Other reports by iNewsToday