Naomi Osaka was asked about her relationship with the 18-time Grand Slam winner Chris Evert. The Japanese player used to train at Evert's Academy in the United States but this year it has not happened so far. "I actually haven't gone back since Australia.
I left in December, and I haven't really been home since, yeah", said Osaka, who doesn't plan to add a new coach: "yeah, sticking with my dad for now. I don't feel like it would have been a smart move to just, like, get someone for one tournament, and it's the last tournament of the year.
Yeah, with my dad here. Seems to be working so far, so... Let's see if I fire him. No, I'm just kidding (laughter)." On her Australian Open title, Osaka added: "I just think it's going to be hard because I only have the Australian Open to sort of think about in regards to playing her again.
But, yeah, I don't know. This court is a bit slow, but it's also indoors. I'm very concerned how her serve is going to treat me tomorrow (smiling). Yeah, I think it should be fun. I think she's one of the players, few players, that sort of treat you very nicely after the match no matter if she wins or loses.
She always gives you a smile. For me, I think that's, like, one of the best things about a person, is they kind of of course want to kill you on the court, but sort of like off the court they're very nice. Yeah, I'm sort of rambling on that a little bit, but I feel like the match tomorrow is going to be very difficult. That's my end statement."