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The tennis community reacts to Elena Baltacha's death

Andy Murray and Jamie Murray stand during a moment of silence for Elena Baltacha at the Madrid Open. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) Andy Murray and Jamie Murray stand during a moment of silence for Elena Baltacha at the Madrid Open. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The tennis community is still in a state of shock at the news of Elena Baltacha's death on Sunday from liver cancer. The 30-year-old Baltacha was newly retired from the WTA Tour and married when she was diagnosed with liver cancer in January.

Current and former players took to Twitter to express their condolences, and a gathering of players and tour staff observed a moment of silence at the Madrid Open on Monday. The loss hit the tennis community hard, but no harder than within Britain. Born in Ukraine, Baltacha's family relocated to Scotland where Elena took up tennis at became good friends with Andy, Jamie and Judy Murray. A former British No. 1, Baltacha was a Fed Cup stalwart and qualified to compete at the 2012 London Olympics.

The tributes on Twitter have been pouring in from players over the last 24 hours:


















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