Japan's Naomi Osaka, two-time Grand Slam champion, has hired famous Belgian coach Wim Fissette to be her new coach, as confirmed by noted tennis expert Ben Rothenberg on his Twitter account. Osaka won the US Open last year and Australian Open earlier this year under the guidance of Sascha Bajin but split with him in February.
She then worked with American Jermaine Jenkins till the US Open. During the last part of this season, when she regained her form by winning titles in Osaka and Beijing, she was working with her father Leonard Francois. The 39-year-old Fissette has worked with several top women on the WTA Tour in recent years - including Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber and Johanna Konta, with several of the players achieving some of their best performances under Fissette as noted below.
- Clijsters, who was making a comeback to the WTA Tour as a mother when she worked with Fissette, won the US Open as a wildcard entrant, winning 3 Grand Slam titles in all and reached the No. 1 ranking with Fissette - German Sabine Lisicki reached her first and so far, only, Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon in 2013 under his guidance - Halep reached her then th career-best ranking of No.
2 in 2014 while Konta became the first British woman since Virginia Wade in 1978 to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals and reached a career-high No. 4 in the rankings under Fissettte - Kerber won her third Grand Slam singles title in 2018 and climbed back into the world's Top 3 during her time with the Belgian.
Naomi Osaka's management confirms she is now working with coach Wim Fissette, who has led several WTA players to big successes in recent years.
Fissette was introduced privately to Osaka's sponsors at her partner retreat at the Riviera Club in Los Angeles last week.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) December 14, 2019