Zheng Qinwen claims coach 'immoraly' ditched her to start working with Naomi Osaka

Zheng and coach Wim Fissette started working before the start of the grass season.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Zheng Qinwen claims coach 'immoraly' ditched her to start working with Naomi Osaka
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Zheng Qinwen claims she got ditched by coach Wim Fissette, who apparently decided to abruptly end their partnership and start working with Naomi Osaka again. Just before the start of the grass season, Fissette started working 20-year-old Zheng, who is considered one of the most talented and promising players in the world.

Osaka, who is set to return to tennis in at the start of the 2024 season after giving birth, worked with Fissette for two and a half years and won two Grand Slam titles during their time together. "He broke the contract, and it is very immoral.

This is his choice, and I will respect that. Even though this brings some harm to me and my family, I don’t want to talk about that person right now, don’t want to talk about him," Zheng told Chinese reporters.

Coach Fissette leaves Zheng, returns to working with Osaka

Prior to the start of the 2020 season, Osaka hired Fissette.

The two enjoyed success together as Osaka won the 2020 US Open and also captured her fourth Grand Slam title at the 2021 Australian Open. In 2022 July, Fissette and Osaka split after two and a half years. "It has been a privilege to coach Naomi since 2019 and see her grow into the champion she has become.

She has inspired a whole new generation to fall in love with the game & to speak up for what they believe in. It’s been incredible to play a part in that journey," Fissette announced last summer. Osaka, a former world No 1, announced at the start of this year that she would miss the entire 2023 season to focus on her pregnancy.

Osaka is targeting to return to tennis at the start of the 2024 season and play the Australian Open. When Osaka returns to tennis, she will be accompanied by a coach who guided her to two Grand Slam titles in the past.

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