Naomi Osaka hits back at ‘hurtful’ claims coach split was due to money
World No 1 Naomi Osaka has dismissed suggestions that her decision to part company with coach Sascha Bajin was money related.
Barely a month after Bajin helped her to reach No 1 in the world rankings for the first time on the back of winning a second consecutive Grand Slam at the Australian Open, Osaka announced that she split with the German.
No reason was given, but the 21-year-old Japanese star has come out to make it clear that it was not because of money.
“The main thing I know that everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn’t,” she is quoted as saying by The National.
“For me, that’s one of the most hurtful things I’ve ever heard. Because I travel with everyone on my team, I see them more than my family, so I would never do that to them.
“I think my reason is I wouldn’t put success over my happiness. That’s my main thing. I’m not going to say anything bad about him because, of course, I’m really grateful for all the things that he’s done. I wouldn’t just come here and say anything bad.
“If anything, you would have to be around him to see, or ask him.
She added: “It was kind of brewing in Australia and I think some people could see that if they saw how we interacted. I would not want to split on really bad terms, because he was sort of the one who made me open up to people, so I didn’t want it to be a really hostile thing.”
More from Tennis365:
Daniil Medvedev needs strong clay-court season after previous struggles on the red dirt
Daniil Medvedev eyes fix for his clay woes, writes Oli Jefford.
‘I am really happy proud of myself,’ says Lorenzo Musetti after saving four match points against Dan Evans
Musetti fights back to see off Evans in Sardegna.
Ashleigh Barty and Coco Gauff roll on in Charleston, Garbine Muguruza bows out through injury
Wins for Barty and Gauff, but Muguruza out.
Novak Djokovic’s father takes fresh swipe at Roger Federer, saying Swiss great is ‘not a good man’
Srdjan Djokovic has another go at Roger Federer.
French player hits out at French Open postponement, saying ‘it’s a pretty selfish decision’
Alize Cornet unimpressed by French Open delay.
Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal, to work with rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime
Toni Nadal joins coaching set-up of Felix Auger-Aliassime
Grand Slam Board confirms shorter grass-court season raising questions over the tennis calender
The 2021 grass-court season has been reduced by a week.
Ashleigh Barty provides perfect response to her world No 1 ranking critics with Miami Open title
Ashleigh Barty “has responded perfectly” to critics, writes Oli Jefford.
Roland Garros officials deny reports that 2021 French Open night matches will feature only men
Women could also feature during night sessions.
French Open postponed by a week in hope for more spectators to attend
Main draw event due to start on May 30.