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August, 16

Naomi Osaka Splits From Coach Wim Fissette

Tennis coach Wim Fissette has announced separation from Naomi Osaka ahead of the 2022 US Open.

The two started working together at the beginning of the 2020 season, and Fisette assisted Osaka in winning two of her four Grand Slam singles titles at the 2020 US Open and 2021 Australian Open.

The 24-year-old, who is ranked No. 38 in the world right now, was praised by the Belgian, who announced their breakup on social media, as an inspiration to “a whole new generation”

“It has been a privilege to coach Naomi since 2019 and see her grow into the champion she has become,” Fissette wrote on Instagram.

“She has inspired a whole new generation to fall in love with the game and to speak up for what they believe in.

“It’s been incredible to play a part in that journey. Thank you… I wish you all the best and looking forward to my next chapter.”

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Fissette taught his fellow countryman Kim Clijsters before working with Osaka, in addition to former No. 1 players Victoria Azarenka, Simon Halep, and Angelique Kerber, to mention a few.

Since losing in straight sets to Amanda Anisimova in the first round of the French Open in May, Osaka has been sidelined due to an Achilles issue. Then she was late for Wimbledon.

After her opening loss at Roland-Garros, Eurosport analysts, Mats Wilander and Tim Henman predicted that she would soon be back and flourishing.

“She is very much a hard-court specialist,” Wilander said. “I think she is on her way back and will get back to the top again if she wants it.”

‘No, I’m not surprised’ – Wilander reacts to Osaka losing to ‘great player’ Anisimova

Henman added: “It’s great to see her in a really positive frame of mind because she has struggled with mental health issues and it’s most important that is she feeling healthy in that regard.

“We say form is temporary, class is permanent, and she is one of the best players in the world. Her ranking has dropped but if she stays committed and keeps working hard, there is no reason why she can’t get back to the top of the game in the not-too-distant future.”

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Tennis coach Wim Fissette has announced separation from Naomi Osaka ahead of the 2022 US Open.

The two started working together at the beginning of the 2020 season, and Fisette assisted Osaka in winning two of her four Grand Slam singles titles at the 2020 US Open and 2021 Australian Open.

The 24-year-old, who is ranked No. 38 in the world right now, was praised by the Belgian, who announced their breakup on social media, as an inspiration to “a whole new generation”

“It has been a privilege to coach Naomi since 2019 and see her grow into the champion she has become,” Fissette wrote on Instagram.

“She has inspired a whole new generation to fall in love with the game and to speak up for what they believe in.

“It’s been incredible to play a part in that journey. Thank you… I wish you all the best and looking forward to my next chapter.”

READ MORE: Caster Semenya Out Of 5000m In First Appearance Since 2017

Fissette taught his fellow countryman Kim Clijsters before working with Osaka, in addition to former No. 1 players Victoria Azarenka, Simon Halep, and Angelique Kerber, to mention a few.

Since losing in straight sets to Amanda Anisimova in the first round of the French Open in May, Osaka has been sidelined due to an Achilles issue. Then she was late for Wimbledon.

After her opening loss at Roland-Garros, Eurosport analysts, Mats Wilander and Tim Henman predicted that she would soon be back and flourishing.

“She is very much a hard-court specialist,” Wilander said. “I think she is on her way back and will get back to the top again if she wants it.”

‘No, I’m not surprised’ – Wilander reacts to Osaka losing to ‘great player’ Anisimova

Henman added: “It’s great to see her in a really positive frame of mind because she has struggled with mental health issues and it’s most important that is she feeling healthy in that regard.

“We say form is temporary, class is permanent, and she is one of the best players in the world. Her ranking has dropped but if she stays committed and keeps working hard, there is no reason why she can’t get back to the top of the game in the not-too-distant future.”

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