Although accounting for the ongoing whirling coaching carousel in professional tennis, the 21-year-old Naomi Osaka split, before two consecutive grand slam win, and his coach One year, Sascha Bajin, was puzzling-partly because it came weeks after his Australian Open win, and partly because there was no reason given in his short statement.
The hiring and firing of tennis coaches is nothing new. In the past year alone, players poured coaches and found new ones in a mad do-it-do. Sloane Stephens and his coach, Kamau Murray, have been "suspended" for their partnership in December (now he works at Monica Puig); The reigning Wimbledon champ, Angelique Kerber, cuts off his coach Wim Fissette (now working in Victoria Azarenka) before the WTA finals in October, citing "difference of opinion," and then receiving Rainer Schüttler in November ; The French Open reigning champion Simona Halep and coach Darren Cahill opened the way in November (Cahill said he wanted to spend more time at home), and he was hiring Thierry Van Cleemput. Not only at the WTA either: Andy Murray has tried many coaches in his career, including Ivan Lendl (now coaching Alexander Zverev) and Amelie Mauresmo (the first woman in the elite men's coach). Dominic Thiem had two coaches, Gunter Bresnik and Galo Blanco, until Blanco left the Davis Cup position last year. And Novak Djokovic, blessed with his little heart on telepathy, has been trained by any number of coaches and gurus, including Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, and recently, Marian Vajda (for the second time).
Professional tennis, like other sports, may be an incestuous bubble where players and coaches are constantly cycling with each other, but the pool of candidates in general remains the same. Typically, there are several kinds of reasons to be divined from all shuffling, such as performance or a better coach being available, or a change in gaming style. What is suspect about the division of Osaka-Bajin with no easy-to-use explanation. No player or coach announces a new partnership, and based on the results, the fix is perfectly successful. It is likely that Bajin, who had been a longtime former Serena Williams from 2007 to 2015, started split in Osaka after he won two slam and named him the 2018 WTA coach of the year, so it stands in the cause of having some other Another factor that spurred Osaka alone. No one, as well as fellow players, seems to know what it is. Even though, what does Nick Kyrgios know?
According to a specular report from Japanese outlet Nikkan Sports, there may be tensions between the two during the Australian Open; the article said Osaka practiced no Bajin during tournaments on several occasions or just for brief sessions with others. The Guardian meanwhile, believes that Osaka "may suffer an early dose of celebrity virus" which may have prevented change. Other rumors swirling on tennis sites of Gossip-PEDs! Some conspiracy involving Serena! is known that Osaka has worked on a number of coaches throughout his relatively short career. Prior to Bajin, he had Australian coach David Taylor (currently with Elise Mertens), and American coach and former top-five Harold Solomon (he went to coach Genie Bouchard for a short time). At age 15, Osaka worked with Patrick Tauma in his Florida academy, and before that, he was educated by his father Leonard François.
Maybe Osaka wants to move things and avoid satisfaction. Maybe not. If you know anything about what caused the split in Osaka-Bajin, or have any other tennis scuttlebutt to share, drop a line.