Naomi Osaka splits with coach while Simona Halep and Darren Cahill reunite
Naomi Osaka has sacked her second coach in the space of seven months after announcing she has split with Jermaine Jenkins while Simona Halep has reappointed Darren Cahill.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Osaka appointed Jenkins as her coach just a few weeks after she parted ways with Sascha Bajin, who was by her side when she won the 2018 US Open and this year’s Australian Open.
However, the 21-year-old has struggled for form in recent months and her US Open title defence came to an end in the fourth round.
She has now confirmed that she will no longer be working with Jenkins.
“I’m super grateful for the time we spent together and the things I learned on and off the court but I feel like now is an appropriate time for change,” she wrote on Twitter.
Thank you 🙏 pic.twitter.com/lezK48041H
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) September 12, 2019
Fellow Grand Slam winner Halep is reuniting with Cahill after the Australian decided to return following a year-long hiatus.
Cahill, who was the Romanian’s mentor when she won the French Open in 2018, stepped away from coaching at the end of last year as he wanted to spend more time with his family.
However, their partnership is now back on track with Halep confirming the move on social media.
Even though you’ve been away this year, you’ve been with us every step of the way.
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) September 12, 2019
“I have some exciting news to share with you,” Halep said. “After a year without him on my team, I’m happy to announce that Darren will be back by my side next season.”
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