The Canadian tennis community is still reeling from the tragic loss of Bruno Agostinelli Jr. on March 9th, 2016. The news of his death was followed by an outpouring of kind words and memories from many who knew and loved him. Today would have been Bruno’s 29th birthday, and we have collected some of those messages in tribute to him on this day.
Extremely upset with the tragic news surrounding Bruno Agostinelli today. He will be dearly missed He always chose others ahead of himself.
— Daniel Nestor (@DanielNestor9) March 11, 2016
Very sad to hear about Bruno Agostinelli. I will always remember our days in the juniors. All my thoughts are with his family.
— Stéphanie Dubois (@stephdubois55) March 10, 2016
My condolences go out to the family and friends of Bruno Agostinelli. He was one of the best coaches I've ever had the pleasure of working with, and helped me to grow as a player both on and off the court. Although he is gone, he will always continue to be an inspiration and a role model to me and to Canadian tennis. You will be missed, rest in peace.
RIP ???? Bruno Agostinelli
— Françoise Abanda (@franckie12345) March 10, 2016
Mine is among the countless ❤️'s broken. RIP to a true light, Bruno Agostinelli.Taken from us far too soon.Thoughts & Prayers to his family.
— Sharon Fichman (@sharon_fichman) March 10, 2016
Still can't believe what has happened to Bruno Agostinelli, it's such a shock… I've only met Bruno a handful of times, but I could immediately see what a genuinely compassionate and generous person he was, and how much the people around him cared for him. He was always passionate about what he did, and he touched the lives of so many of his students and peers. There was never a person that I've spoken to that didn't have the utmost respect for Bruno, he was truly a class act, and a role model. The last time I saw him was at his home club in Niagara just last summer, having played an exhibition match against him, and it still brings me to tears thinking that it will have been our final encounter. To one of the best people I've had a chance to get to know, Bruno, you will be missed by me, and many others. You were here for far too short a time, but in that time, you truly lived your life your way, and influenced so many others along the way. May you rest in peace.
The light can go off at any moment. Life is short n tennis is just a game. This week we play in honor of our ???????? brother Bruno #playforbruno
— Philip Bester (@Besterphilip) March 14, 2016
So sad what happened to Bruno Agostinelli. I send my condolences to his family, he will be dearly missed.
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) March 10, 2016
Extremely saddened by the news of Bruno Agostinelli's passing. Such a great guy. Absolute tragedy.
— Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) March 12, 2016
We lost a great person and a good friend yesterday night. Not only he was a great player and a great coach, he was a role model for every young Canadian athletes. I will keep unforgettable moments I shared with Bruno. I would like to offer my condolences to his friends and family. Rest in peace big Bruno you will be missed #thatonetonightwasforyou #RIP #letsgetitforbruno ????????❤️
A memorial fund has been set up in Bruno’s name. All donations made will go to help provide care and assistance to his beloved family. To make a donation in Bruno’s honour, visit https://www.gofundme.com/brunoagostinelli.