Who Is Naomi Osaka’s Coach Wim Fissette, the Man Who Helped Kim Clijsters Win US Open on Comeback After Giving Birth?

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The 2024 Australian Open shouldn’t be the first time Naomi Osaka’s coach Wim Fissette is seeking to information a WTA star to Grand Slam success after giving start. Under his tutelage, Kim Clijsters gained three Grand Slams, together with two consecutive US Open titles.

Before making a comeback in the 2024 Brisbane International, Osaka final performed in September 2022. Initially having taken a break attributable to harm, she quickly introduced her being pregnant. She employed Fissette earlier than the 2020 season started. She had parted methods with Sascha Bajin in early 2019 and went by a few coaches that 12 months.  The Japanese athlete gained two Majors with the Belgian coach earlier than her hiatus.

Clijsters additionally took a two-year break after 2007, giving start to daughter Jada in 2008. Unlike Osaka, nevertheless, she had introduced her retirement. The Belgian star backtracked and returned to the courtroom in late 2009, hiring Fissette as her coach. She entered the US Open unranked however went on to carry the trophy, turning into the first unseeded lady to win the New York Grand Slam.  She additionally grew to become the first mom to win a Majors singles title since 1980. Despite a restricted schedule, she defended her US Open title and gained the 2010 WTA Finals and the 2011 Australian Open, briefly turning into the World No.1 as nicely.

Fissette performed an enormous function in Clijsters’ success after her return. Only three years older than the four-time Grand Slam champion, he educated together with her throughout their junior years and was her hitting accomplice from 2005 to 2007. After Osaka went on maternity go away, he joined Qinwen Zheng’s workforce for the 2023 season. She gained her first ATP title and reached the 2023 US Open quarter-finals. However, they cut up underneath acrimonious circumstances as the Chinese teenager alleged Fissette ‘immorally’ broke their contract to rejoin Osaka (Tennis.com).

Naomi Osaka’s coach Wim Fissette has a storied teaching CV

Naomi Osaka’s coach Wim Fissette didn’t have a lot luck as a participant, by no means breaking into the high 1000. However, he has developed a glittering resume as a coach. In addition to Osaka and Kim Clijsters, he has additionally educated Sabine Lisicki, Simona Halep, and Victoria Azarenka.

Clijsters was Fissette’s first teaching job, splitting from her in September 2011. He started working with Lisicki, guiding her to the 2013 Wimbledon ultimate, her finest Slam end result. He mentored Halep for a solitary season in 2014, whereby she reached the French Open semis and a then-career-high of World No.2. While his spell with Azarenka didn’t bear a lot success, he labored wonders with Johanna Konta. Again partnering up just for a 12 months, the Brit gained a WTA 1000 title and reached a career-best rank of World No.4.

Fissette labored with Angelique Kerber briefly in 2018, earlier than taking a break from teaching. He returned with Osaka, working together with her till her break. Now, as the Japanese athlete seems to be to construct her manner again up, Fissette will hope to emulate Clijsters’ success together with her.

Unfortunately for Osaka, even an illustrious coach as Fissette was unable to work magic with the Japanese nationwide shedding to Caroline Garcia in her first spherical match at the Australian Open. While Osaka misplaced in straight units 4-6, 6-7(2) however she positively confirmed sufficient promise to provide her followers hope of higher success at subsequent occasions in the season.

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