Speaking on Tennis Channel, the 18-time Major winner Chris Evert commented on the split between Naomi Osaka and Sascha Bajin. They regularly trained together at the Evert Tennis Academy in Florida and the American was upset about it.
She indicated money as one of the possible reasons. "I was on the plane and I got a lot of text messages about it," said Evert. "I do not have any clue, she and Sascha trained at my tennis academy, we loved having her, they are nice people and people did not see it coming.
Surely there are a lot of speculations about different things, maybe we should just wait and see what they have to say about. But she is the new wave of tennis and she is the new number one in the world now and Sascha helped her a lot, with her attitude and also her tennis, and Sascha is a number one coach, the coach of the year.
They are both at the top of their fields and something didn't go right. Just wait and see what they will say." The former world no. 1 Lindsay Davenport was surprised at seeing Osaka following Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova's footsteps as they also split with coaches despite being successful, although for different reasons.
"So interesting that this new generation, they are so quick in move on, get a new coach. There have been just a few lengthy working relationships, but this one is the most surprising for you?" Davenport asked Evert.
"Yeah because it's the start of the year, she has won the last two Grand Slams. It could be money, it could be a personality conflict, different opinions in training. We (players) worked with coaches and realized that nobody is perfect," concluded Chris.