Naomi Osaka and coach Wim Fissette split

Tokyo, Jul 21 (EFE).- Four-time Grand Slam champion and former world no.1 Naomi Osaka and her coach Wim Fissette have parted ways after three years, according to Fissette on Thursday.

“It has been a privilege to coach Naomi since 2019 and see her grow into the champion she has become. She has inspired a whole new generation to fall in love with the game and speak up for what they believe in and it’s been incredible to play a part in that journey,” Fissette said in an Instagram post.

“Thank you @naomiosaka. I wish you all the best and looking forward to my next chapter,” he added alongside three photographs with the tennis player.

Fissette, who previously worked with Kim Clijsters, Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka, became Osaka’s coach in 2019 after she fired Jermaine Jenkins seven months after hiring him.

The 24-year-old won the 2020 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open under Fissette but has not competed since May.

She pulled out of Wimbledon due to an Achilles tendon injury.

Prior to Jenkins, Osaka had been coached by Sascha Bajin, who had previously worked with Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and Caroline Wozniacki.

Osaka, who has a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother, represents Japan in international competitions.

It is unknown who will take over as her coach and she has yet to make a public statement on the matter. EFE


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