Club sends condolences to family and friends after tragic loss of an Ipswich girl
Britain’s former number one women’s tennis player was diagnosed with liver cancer in January, just two months after announcing her retirement from the sport.
Elena’s dad, Sergei, became the first ‘Soviet Union’ footballer to play in England when he joined Town in 1988 and she was a longtime supporter of Blues and called Ipswich her home.
“Elena was the guest of the Club for our game against Barnsley in November and was also at the Club recently wearing a Town shirt and showing off her football skills for a TV programme," said Town’s media manager, Steve Pearce.
"We were working with her on ways to promote her Academy of Tennis, which helps local children from disadvantaged areas learn to play the game and she was known to a lot of staff at the Football Club.
"Everyone at Portman Road sends deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Elena at this incredibly sad time.”
Elena's friends in tennis and in Ipswich are pulling together to show their support for her by helping two charities - the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis.
Andy Murray, Martina Navratilova and Tim Henman will lead an all-star line up at exhibition matches in three of the country's biggest tournaments as part of the - 'Rally For Bally' - on Sunday, June 15.
The ‘Rally For Bally’ will feature three mixed doubles tennis matches - one each on finals day at the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club, the Aegon Classic in Birmingham and another ahead of the Aegon International in Eastbourne.
You can help by text ‘EBAL60 £10’ to 70070, to make, for example, a £10 donation via your mobile phone or you donate via www.justgiving.com/rallyforbally.