Coach of champions. Mentor Naomi Osaka Lacks Roland Garros to Career Slam
The richest tennis player in the world Naomi Osaka won the US Open and added $ 3 million to her account
Japanese woman Naomi Osaka defeated Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in the US Open final and won her third Grand Slam title.
When the Belgian Kim Clijsters decided to return to the tour in 2009 after the birth of her daughter, she invited the then unknown compatriot Wim Fissett as her coach. He previously worked as a tennis player’s sparring partner. This collaboration yielded results immediately. Clijsters won the 2009 US Open, then repeated this success in 2010, won the WTA Final Championship at the end of the year, won the Australian Open in January 2011, and became the first racket in the world for one week in February. Unfortunately, Kim later suffered an injury that did not allow her to play the season until the end.
In December 2011, Wim Fissett began working with the promising Russian junior Irina Khromacheva from the Belgian Academy Justine Henin . And in 2013, the German woman Sabina Lisicki became Fissett’s ward. They collaborated one summer – starting before Roland Garros and ending after the US Open. But at Wimbledon, Sabina created a sensation – she reached the only Grand Slam final in her career, losing only to Marion Bartoli . Along the way, the German in the 4th round interrupted a fantastic streak of 34 victories of Serena Williams in the official matches of the season.
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Romanian Simona Halep became the next ward of Fissett, who was able to reach the final of Roland Garros -2014, where she lost to the Russian Maria Sharapova . In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Wim worked with Victoria Azarenka until she went on maternity leave. Then the Belgian briefly coached Petra Kvitov, Sarah Errani and Johanna Kontu , until, before the 2018 season, he began to work with the German Angelica Kerber. 2017 was a disaster for the former first racket of the world, she needed a reboot, she was counting on Fissett’s help. And she was not mistaken. This collaboration immediately began to yield results. In January 2018, Kerber reached the semifinals at the Australian Open, followed by the Roland Garros quarterfinals, and then the German won Wimbledon, defeating Serena Williams in the final.
When Victoria Azarenka returned from maternity leave, she really needed an experienced mentor who could help her gain confidence. This person was Wim Fissett . Their new collaboration began with preparations for the 2019 season. In Acapulco, the Belarusian tennis player reached the quarterfinals alone and won the doubles title, and in Monterrey she made her way to the decisive singles match, and during the competition she beat the former ward of Fissett – German Angelica Kerber . In Rome, Azarenka together with Australian Ashley Barty won the doubles, and at the US Open the same duo reached the final.
Since December 2019, Wim has been working with the Japanese woman Naomi Osaka . Even before he started training with her, the Belgian gave a thorough description of his future ward: “Osaka is a very interesting tennis player. She is young, but has already achieved great results and has a great future. I am attracted by her personality. She is a very reserved girl, but very smart. She does more than just hit the ball hard. She also moves well around the court and analyzes the game well. I am very happy to have this opportunity to work with Naomi, and I will do everything to make this collaboration productive. ” Intuition did not disappoint the experienced coach – at the US Open Osaka became the champion, beating Victoria Azarenka in the final.
Major victories and finals of Wim Fissett’s wards in singles:
- US Open-2009 (Kleisters) title
- US Open-2010 (Kleisters) title
- WTA Championship Final- 2010 (Clijsters) title
- Australian Open-2011 (Clijsters) title
- Wimbledon-2013 (Lisicki) final
- Roland Garros -2014 (Halep) final
- Wimbledon-2018 (Kerber) title
- US Open-2020 (Osaka) title
If you look at the track record of coach Wim Fissett , you will notice that his players have won three Grand Slam tournaments – the US Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Before the “Career Slam” the Belgian lacks only a victory at Roland Garros. I wonder if Osaka will get him the missing trophy?