Two and a half weeks after her abrupt split with coach Sascha Bajin, who led her to two consecutive Grand Slam titles and No.1 ranking, Naomi Osaka hired Jermaine Jenkins as her new head coach and thanks to Jimmie48 we have photos of their practice session ahead of their first tournament together, the 2019 BNP Paribas Open.
The 34-year-old Jermaine was Venus Williams’ hitting partner from 2015 until the end of last season, while his younger brother Jarmere is currently in Serena Williams’ team. In case you didn’t know, Jarmaine changed the destiny of his brother Jarmere — in September 2017, while still looking for professional happiness, shifting between tennis and investment sales consultancy, Jarmere got a phone call from his brother, inviting him to work with Serena. Now Jarmere is the tennis legend’s employee, hitting partner, gym buddy, “Mafia” opponent, friend, and more.
As you can see, Osaka was all smiles with her new coach and we all know that good mood is important to her. The Japanese also looked cool in her Adidas practice duds: the Spring Parley Practice Tank and Spring Club Short.