World No. 1 Naomi Osaka has added Jermaine Jenkins to her team, she announced Thursday.
Osaka didn’t confirm Jenkins’ role other than to say the American has linked up with the two-time Grand Slam champion.
Jenkins, a hitting partner of Venus Williams in the past, recently was appointed as the United States Tennis Association’s women’s national coach.
“Had a great dinner with the team,” Osaka posted on Twitter. “[I am] also taking this moment to thank Jermaine for joining us and coming on board.”
Had a great dinner with the team also taking this moment to thank Jermaine for joining us and coming on board lol pic.twitter.com/OBpl5R7L2j
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) February 28, 2019
Osaka, the reigning U.S. and Australian Open champion, has been without a full-time coach since her split this month with Sascha Bajin. Japan Tennis Association trainer Masashi Yoshikawa assisted in her disappointing Dubai Tennis Championships.