Sad new development after death of tennis star's father

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read

Amanda Anisimova has parted ways with new coach Carlos Rodriguez after just two tournaments together.

Rodriguez was brought in to coach Anisimova after the sudden death of the American teenager’s father and coach Konstantin last August.

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However according to Tennis World, the new pairing is over after just a few months.

Rodriguez coached Anisimova at the Auckland Open and Australian Open recently, where she lost in the first round at Melbourne Park.

She was then reduced to tears in a post-match press conference when asked about the death of her father.

Amanda Anisimova, pictured here with father Konstantin in 2018.
Amanda Anisimova with father Konstantin in 2018. (Photo by Larry Placido/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 18-year-old was playing her first major since her dad suffered a heart attack just before the 2019 US Open.

When a reporter asked if she was feeling ‘unsettled’, Anisimova replied: "Do we really have to talk about this so fast after a match", before bursting into tears.

"Things are still pretty tough but I was excited to play in the Australian Open as it's my favourite grand slam," she said after composing herself.

"I have good memories from it."

The reporter’s ‘cruel’ question left many commentators and fans furious, with Nick Kyrgios taking to social media to slam the journo.

“This makes me so mad. Have a heart and please feel, it’s not fair. Keep your head up Amanda,” Kyrgios, who later played mixed doubles with Anisimova, tweeted.

Prior to the tragedy Anisimova had announced herself as a huge contender, upsetting defending champion and world No.3 Simona Halep in the quarter-finals of the French Open.

She then lost to eventual champion Ashleigh Barty in a dramatic final-four showdown, coming from 0-5 to win the first set before the Australian prevailed in a career-defining win.

Earmarked for a big future, Anisimova signed a mega long-term deal with Nike that was reported to be the largest ever for a teenager and comparable to that of former great Maria Sharapova's eight-year, $102 million deal.

Reaching the fourth round at Melbourne Park in 2019, Anisimova's hopes of a repeat this year were dashed with the 21st seed was upset by world No.73 Zarina Diyas of kazakhstan 6-3 4-6 6-3.

Nick Kyrgios and Amanda Anisimova, pictured here playing mixed doubles at the Australian Open.
Nick Kyrgios and Amanda Anisimova played mixed doubles at the Australian Open. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Kyrgios’ kind words for Anisimova

Kyrgios later rallied around his doubles partner with some kind words for the 18-year-old.

"I just want to go out there and have a lot of fun," Kyrgios said.

"She's an amazing person. I'm just looking forward to go out there and hopefully — I mean, she lost first round. I know it's not going to be easy for her to be around the tournament.

"Hopefully I can get her up, bring some good vibes. Hopefully we can do well. I think we can. She's an amazing player. I'm looking forward to it.

"I've been excited for this for like a month and a half. I'm like a little kid at the moment. I'm pretty excited."

with AAP