Naomi Osaka hires Jenkins as new coach

No. 1 Naomi Osaka hires Jermaine Jenkins as new coach

No. 1 Naomi Osaka hires Jermaine Jenkins as new coach

World No.1 Naomi Osaka welcomed Jermaine Jenkins as her new head coach, ahead of her BNP Paribas Open title defence at Indian Wells scheduled for next week.

"Had a great dinner with the team", Japan's United States and Australian Open champion said in a Twitter post.

The reigning US Open and Australian Open champion announced on Wednesday that Jermaine Jenkins, former hitting partner of Venus Williams was joining her team.

Jenkins, who was recently appointed as the United States Tennis Association women's national coach, was formerly the hitting partner of Venus Williams.

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The move comes 2 1/2 weeks after Osaka surprisingly split from coach Sascha Bajin, who previously worked with Serena Williams.

"After this tournament I would want to start looking at people".

Osaka, 21, said in Dubai last week that her split with Bajin was "kind of brewing" in Melbourne and that she didn't expect to be without a coach for long.

Jenkins, 34, is a former All American collegiate star at Clemson University, and joins Osaka just in time for first career title defense, in Indian Wells.

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