ARYNA SABALENKA returned to Wimbledon in 2023 with the support of boyfriend Konstantin Koltsov after failing to compete in 2022.
The tennis star returned to play on the SW19 court after Wimbledon lifted its ban on Russian and Belarusian players imposed in 2022 following the illegal invasion of Ukraine.
Who is Aryna Sabalenka?
Aryna Sabalenka is a professional tennis player from Belarus.
She was born on May 5, 1998 in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
Aryana started training at the National Tennis Academy in Minsk when it opened in 2014.
According to the Women’s Tennis Association, she was ranked No. 2 in the world in singles and No. 1 in the world in doubles.
She returned to Wimbledon in 2023 after being suspended for the 2022 tournament.
Players like Aryana and Russian world number five Daniil Medvedev were allowed to play under a neutral flag at the 2023 championship.
Before Sabalenka was linked to her current partner Koltsov, she was engaged to someone else.
She did not publicly reveal who she was engaged to and kept her fiance’s identity a secret.
Who is Aryna Sabalenka’s boyfriend, Konstantin Koltsov?
Koltsov is a former ice hockey player from Minsk, Belarus – the same city where Sabalenka was born.
He played professional ice hockey for 18 years and competed in the 2002 and 2010 IIHF World Championships and Winter Olympics.
He briefly played in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins and competed in the continental hockey league from 2008 to 2016.
Koltsov appears to have three children from a previous relationship.
His Instagram is private, but he regularly appears in pictures on Sabalenka’s account.
Sabalenka occasionally shares pictures of herself spending time with Koltsov’s sons on social media.
When did the couple first meet?
It’s not known exactly when Aryana and Konstantin first met, but they made their relationship official in June 2021.
Aryana confirmed their romance by posting a picture online of Koltsov kissing her on the cheek while she smiled for the camera.
She wrote in the caption, “It’s good when there’s someone who can understand my madness, but you won’t get bored with me, will you @koltsov2021?”
Since then, Sabalenka has regularly updated her followers about her and Koltsov’s life together, including pictures from their travels.
In May 2022, the couple toured Rome, Italy and also visited Florida together.
Ahead of Wimbledon 2023, the couple spent a relaxing holiday in Mallorca, Spain.