Noami Osaka dropped a bomb on Monday announcing that she and coach Sascha Bajin split.
Under Bajin, Osaka won both the US Open and the Australian Open to rank World No. 1.
“Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha. I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future,” the 21-year-old posted on twitter.
“Thank you Naomi. I wish you nothing but the best as well. What a ride that was. Thank you for letting me be part of this,” Bajin responded.
Osaka also unfollowed Bajin on social media, hinting there is likely more to the story.
Bajin has previously worked with Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka as a hitting partner. In his first true stint as a coach, he joined with Osaka in December 2017 and helped her win her first career title at Indian Wells last March.
No replacement coach has been named by Osaka who is scheduled to resume her season next week in Dubai.
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They seemed to get along very well and there’s plenty of proof of their success as a team, so I agree that there’s got to be more to the story. My guess is a money dispute.
February 11th, 2019 at 8:11 pm