BREAKING: Naomi Osaka parts ways with coach Sascha Bajin


Life is full of surprises. Relationships can break at the moment they seem they’ve never been stronger.

Glory days: Sascha Bajin poses with Naomi Osaka after receiving the WTA Coach of the Year Award at the 2019 Brisbane International WTA Premier tennis tournament

After getting the WTA Coach of the Year Award in Brisbane earlier this year and leading Naomi Osaka to two consecutive Grand Slam titles (the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open), we were sure that Osaka and Bajin were a match made in heaven, but today’s tweet from the Japanese world No.1 disturbed the tennis world, as the rapidly-risen WTA star announced the end of partnership with Bajin.

As you can see, Osaka didn’t elaborate on the split, she was concise and simply reported the news. Is she angry? Why would she end such a successful partnership? Or maybe he left? We’ll probably learn in the coming hours.

Bajin made no statements on his social media profiles, but he did respond to Osaka’s tweet:

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.

Sascha supporting Naomi on her way to her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 US Open

By the way, commenting on his WTA Coach of the Year Award, Bajin said last month:

Easy to be a good coach when you have a great student.

The cooperation between Sascha and Naomi lasted 13 months, since the 2017 off-season.


  1. Would be more interested and feel better if she parted company with other countries in the representational context. She should be a USA player and representative, not an ex-pat of U.S. playing for Japan.

  2. WHATTTTTTTTT?! Rumor has it Naomi is looking to sign up with Justine Henin and Li Na’s former coach, Carlos Rodriguez.

  3. Richard Curry,

    Do you also have the same sentiments with Maria Sharapova? Same deal, born in Russia, but grew up in the US, but still chose to represent Russia.

    Naomi chose to represent Japan because she was financially supported by Japan more than what the USTA provided.


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