Aryna Sabalenka partner Konstantin Koltsov is a former ice hockey player from Belarus. Konstantin played for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Koltsov was briefly in the NHL after being picked in the 1999 draft. Besides, he enjoyed a successful career in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), playing for HC Dinamo Minsk, Spartak Moscow, and others.
The two Grand Slam doubles winner tennis professional, Sabalenka, has been dating Koltsov for a year and half. She is 24, while her boyfriend is 41. The age gap between them is seventeen years.
Born in Minsk, Belarus, the world number five has had a booming career on the WTA Tour, with several tournaments wins to her glory. Sabalenka recently broke her silence on the prohibition on Russian and Belarusian players by Wimbledon, and she is hoping to come back this year.
Aryna Sabaleknka Partner Konstantin Koltsov Is From Minsk
Aryna Sabaleknka partner Konstantin Koltsov retired from his playing career in 2016. Koltsov played three seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He is an accomplished Belarusian national player representing the country at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah, United States, and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada.
Similarly, Koltsov has partaken in nine Ice Hockey World Championships throughout his career. He mostly played in the right wing and was a left-hand player. During his 18 seasons long profession, the 41-year-old has played for more than a half dozen of teams in and out of Belarus.
According to Elite Prospects, Koltsov spent most of his time with the KHL, the hockey league composed of teams from countries in Eastern Europe and Asia, including Belarus, China, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia, and Slovakia.
Konstantin began his journey from the 1997-98 season when he joined Junactva Minsk in the Belarusian 1st division. Severstal Cherepovets offered him a contract the next season, and he could not deny it.
His talent and resilience made him a rising young talent in the late 90s, and even NHL clubs were watching out for him. Ultimately, the Pittsburgh Penguins picked him in the first round of the 1999 NHL draft.
Koltsov began playing regularly with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2003–04 season, where he capped 82 games, recording nine goals and twenty assists. Before that, he played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2002-2003 season.
In 2006, the Penguins did not show any interest in extending his contract, and Koltsov became an unrestricted free agent. That was the end of his NHL career as he joined the Russian Super League side Salavat Yulaev Ufa in August of that year. He won the player of the tournament in the 2008 Russian Super League:
The 2008-09 seasons saw the formation of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), and he stayed at Ufa for four more seasons before leaving in 2012. Another Russian club Atlant Moscow Oblast welcomed him, where Koltsov would play for three seasons.
At 35, the former NHL star announced his retirement from professional hockey on November 27, 2016. He was playing for Dinamo Minsk that year. He scored three and assisted 7 in the final season of his career.
Aryana Sabalenka And Konstantin Are Engaged
Tennis star Aryana has been engaged to her boyfriend, Konstantin. They went to Rome for a trip in 2022.
The couple first appeared together in public in the French capital Paris following Sabalenka's defeat at the 2021 Roland Garros. Koltsov accompanied Aryana to France for the tournament.
The younger tennis star is coy about sharing her relationship details, and she did not let anybody know about dating the former NHL player. It was a tight-kept secret; hence media were a deception that she was single.
Back in November 2019, Aryana made a startling announcement in a TV interview where she revealed that she had been engaged to a guy. But she refrained and did not disclose further details about the mystery man.
But one thing she made sure about her fiance was that he was not from Belarus. It is still ambiguous whether the person she meant was Koltsov or his previous lovemate Matvei Bozhko.
If it was indeed Koltsov, then the information she gave during that time that her man was not from Belarus will be untrue. On the other hand, if Aryana meant her former boyfriend Matvei, it implies she called off her wedding to begin a new relationship with the ice hockey player.
Speaking of Aryana and her present beau Koltsov, the pair have been secretly dating for a while before coming out together last year. Although they are engaged, they have not yet married.
She shared their first picture together in June 2021, a mirror selfie from a hotel room they stayed in Paris. "And I like this one better," Sabalenka captioned the post.
Koltsov has kept his Instagram private, and Sabalenka does not upload much about the two. In September 2021, she posted some images where the love birds were kissing at a restaurant.
To celebrate Christmas last year, Koltsov and Sabalenka went to a snowy Winterland in Moscow, where the ground was already covered in thick snow. They had a chilly celebration in the nippy Moscow weather.
Moreover, the couple went on a trip to Rome, Italy, in March 2022. Koltsov escorted Sabalenka to the Italian Open, where he reached the last four before losing out to Świątek in the semi-final.
Following the competition, the two explored various historical sites in the old city, including Venice lane, The Colosseum, and a restaurant serving authentic Italian spaghetti.
Sabalenka And Matvei Bozhko Broke Up In 2020
Sabalenka previously dated Matvei Bozhko, who is a well-known hockey player from Belarus.
The pair were reportedly engaged at some point in their relationship, but they broke up in 2020. Bozhko is also from Minsk and is a professional hockey player who competes in the Belarusian Extraleague for Dinamo Maladzyechna.
Their love romance peaked in 2019, and then it gradually faded away. By 2020, it was unbearable for the two to continue and remain together. Hence they ultimately ended their relationship.
On the other hand, Sabalenka's present lover Koltsov was married before he met with her. Koltsov is the former husband of a woman named Yulia. However, the couple divorced the same year.