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Organ donor tennis player laid to rest

A Cypriot tennis player and coach, whose organs were recently donated to five people after he fell to his death last week, was to be laid to rest on Tuesday.

The death of organ donor Constantinos Elia gave five people in Austria, Greece and Cyprus a chance for a better life.

The funeral on Tuesday was to be held at the church of Agios Kosmas O Aitolos in Sfalaggiotissa, Limassol.

Constantinos’ family have requested that instead of flowers, mourners should make donations for the creation of a special fund for the promotion of young tennis talent by the Famagusta Tennis Club where Constantinos was a full-time tennis coach.

As a sign of respect, all the programmed games scheduled for Tuesday in the championships in Nicosia, the Junior Nissi Beach Resort in Ayia Napa and the Paphos Club in Paphos have been postponed until Wednesday where a minute’s silence will precede the start of the competitions.

The Famagusta Tennis Club has opened its doors for the mourners after the funeral.

Constantinos started his tennis career at the age of five at the Famagusta Tennis Club and soon showed his talent He joined the Nation Tennis Centre in Nicosia before his 15th birthday and entered the special training programmes for talented players under the guidance of the national coach, Iannos Hadjigeorgiou.

He became a member of the National Junior Tennis Team and reached number 355 in the world rankings and in the Futures International Competition organised by the Famagusta Tennis Club last September achieved his first ATP points.

Constantinos started coaching at the Famagusta Tennis Club 18 months ago while continuing to participate in both the official Cyprus Tennis Federation Championship and international competitions.

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