Naomi Osaka, the winner of four Grand Slam tournaments, has parted ways with coach Wim Fissette. Osaka, now 24 years old, and Fissette began working together at the end of 2019, and the Japanese tennis player quickly won two Grand Slam tournaments while under the tutelage of the Belgian coach.
Osaka and Fissette’s early success was underscored by the fact that the Japanese pair won the US Open in 2020 and also reached the finals of the Australian Open in January 2021. Since her last championship was over a year and a half ago, Osaka appears to have decided that it’s time for a change.
“Coaching Naomi since 2019 and watching her develop into the Champion she is now has been an honor. It’s been amazing to be a small part of the journey that has led to a new generation of fans and activists being captivated by the game and emboldened to stand up for what they believe in thanks to her.
You are very welcome, Naomi Osaka. Good luck to you all, and I look forward to the next stage of my life “Fissette shared her thoughts on social media.
Osaka is getting ready to play again.
Osaka wanted to have a big clay season and try to regain the top spot after losing in the final of the Miami Open to Iga Swiatek.
Since reaching the final in Miami, Osaka has only played in two tournaments due to an Achilles injury. Osaka has accepted a wild card into next month’s Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, which will be held in San Jose. The tournament will begin on August 1.
Osaka is scheduled to play in San Jose for the fourth time in the main draw. Oddly enough, Osaka’s best San Jose result came in 2014, when she was still a qualifier in her teens and made it all the way to the round of 16. In 2015, Osaka was eliminated in the qualifying round for San Jose, and in 2016 and 2017, she lost in the first round.
Since Osaka’s last visit to San Jose, a lot has happened, making her one of the favorites to win this year’s title.