Japanese tennis ace Naomi Osaka fires coach just 7 months after hiring him
Naomi Osaka of Japan talks with her coach, Jermaine Jenkins, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, USA, March 9, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/JOHN G. MABANGLO
Tokyo, Sep 13 (efe-epa).- Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka on Friday said she was severing her professional relationship with her coach after only seven months since she hired him.
The decision came on the heels of her poor performance at the recent US Open tournament.
The 21-year-old tennis star, who holds dual Haitian-Japanese citizenship, announced she was firing Jermaine Jenkins via Twitter.
"Me and Jay won't be working together anymore. I'm super grateful for the time we spent together and the things I learned on and off the court," Osaka tweeted.
Osaka, who is currently No. 4 in the WTA world ranking, added that it was the "appropriate time" for a change, although did not share details on who will be replacing Jenkins.
Osaka was ousted in the Round of 16 at the US Open this year – she had won the tournament in 2018 – after losing to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic.
She also lost her spot as the world number one following her loss.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty currently holds the number-one spot in the world ranking of women's tennis.
Jenkins had joined Osaka's team in February after she became World No. 1 following her Australian Open win.
However, Osaka failed to reach the finals of any Grand Slam tournament under Jenkins' tutelage.
Osaka, who plays in the international competitions as a Japanese national, had hired Jenkins after firing her German coach Sascha Bajin.
She had been coached by Bajin for just 13 months. EFE-EPA