Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka revealed she and coach Wim Fissette didn’t split on bad terms as she just felt she needed “different energy” in her box.
Osaka and Fissette enjoyed a successful two years partnership, which resulted in two Grand Slam victories – the Japanese won the 2020 US Open and 2021 Australian Open.
Last month, Fissette announced in an Instagram post that he and Osaka had decided to end their partnership.
“It was really good times with Wim and he’s a really amazing coach,” Osaka told WTA insider. “We didn’t part on bad terms. I just felt I needed different energy, and at the same time, he’s a very ambitious guy. I was getting injured and I’m sure he would have wanted to go to Wimbledon. So it was two different mindsets, I would say. But he’s a really cool guy still. So confirming that there were no bad things happening.”
Osaka brings back her father
Osaka won’t be alone during the North American hard court swing as she will be accompanied by her father Leonard Francois.
Francois served as Osaka’s primary coach until the 2018 season and the 24-year-old thinks her father could be the refreshment she needs.
“I wanted to bring my dad back because he always makes me think outside the box,” Osaka said. “Whenever I think something is really bad he always makes me realize that things are much more positive than they seem. When I get stressed out he starts dancing or something to make me feel better. So it’s just nice to have him around and it makes me remember the times when I was a kid. For right now, he would be my main coach. I would give him that title.”
After skipping the entire grass season due to an Achilles injury, Osaka is returning to action at this week’s Citi Open in Washington.