Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, said she and coach Wim Fissette didn’t part ways amicably; rather, she felt she required “new energy” in her box. Osaka and Fissette had a productive two-year partnership that saw the Japanese player win the 2020 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open.
Fissette said in an Instagram post from last month that he and Osaka had chosen to call it quits. Osaka told WTA insider, “It was really fantastic moments with Wim and he’s a really amazing coach.” “We didn’t part ways badly.
He is a highly ambitious man, and I simply felt like I needed another energy. He would have wanted to attend Wimbledon, and I was beginning to get hurt. I would argue there were two separate attitudes at play. But he’s still a pretty cool guy.
Consequently, it was confirmed that nothing negative was happening.”
Osaka brings her father back.
Osaka will be joined by her father Leonard Francois during the North American hard court swing, so she won’t be playing alone. Up until the 2018 season, Francois served as Osaka’s primary coach, and the 24-year-old believes that her father could provide the reprieve she needs.
Osaka claimed, “My dad always pushes me to go outside the box, so I wanted to bring him back.” “He constantly helps me realize that things are lot better than they look when I believe something is terribly horrible.
He starts dancing or doing something else to help me feel better when I’m stressed. So it’s simply good to have him around and it brings back memories of my childhood. He would serve as my primary coach at this time. I would call him by that name.”
Osaka is making her comeback at this week’s Citi Open in Washington after missing the entire grass season due to an Achilles ailment.