Naomi Osaka hires Jermaine Jenkins as new coach

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Naomi Osaka during her last outing at the WTA tournament in Dubai (Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka said she wanted to find a new coach before Indian Wells and she has done just that, confirming that Jermaine Jenkins will join her team as head coach.

Naomi Osaka has hired Jermaine Jenkins as her new coach, less than three weeks after splitting with former coach Sascha Bajin.

The Japanese player tweeted about the inclusion of Jenkins in her team, before WTA Insider reported that her team had confirmed the position.

Jenkins previously worked as Venus Williams’ hitting partner, before Williams made a sweeping change to her team, parting ways with both Jenkins and long-time coach David Witt in December.

Jenkins is the brother of Jarmere Jenkins, who currently works as Serena Williams’ hitting partner.

It continues the trend of Osaka hiring people associated with the Williams camp; Bajin worked for eight years as hitting partner to Serena.

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Following her split with Bajin after 13 fruitful months together, Osaka said she wanted to have a new coach in place by the time Indian Wells begun.

She is the defending champion at that event, played in the Californian desert.

As reported by WTA Insider, “Jenkins joins a team that includes fitness trainer Abdul Sallah, physio Kristy Stahr, and Osaka’s father, Leonard Francois.”

In January, Jenkins was appointed National Coach for Women’s Tennis by USTA Player Development.

Osaka’s last result was an opening-round loss to Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Tennis Championships, when she was between coaches.

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