Naomi Osaka’s former coach, Christophe Jean, is out to get her career earnings.
According to TMZ, Jean was hired by Osaka’s father, Leonard Francois, when she was 13-years-old. Jean helped to train Osaka and her sister, Mari, during the year 2011.
Jean admits that Francois was not able to afford his prices back then, so a contract was created. The contract, which Jean says he’s still in possession of, includes a 20% agreement. Apparently, Francois promised Jean 20% of the sister’s career earnings for an indefinite period of time…which could mean for as long as they live. And now that Osaka is a professional tennis star and getting some big checks, Jean wants his percentage.
He is now suing Naomi, Mari, and their father. TMZ reports that he’s asking for at least $2 million of the $10.8 million that Naomi’s piled up so far.
Jean tells one news outlet that he’s been left with no choice.
“I didn’t want to do this, but the last time I talked with Max (Leonard Francois) he told me to go get a lawyer,”
“So I got a lawyer.”
But Osaka and her team are working fast to make sure they come out on top of this lawsuit. Osaka’s hired Alex Spiro as her lawyer. Spiro has a history of working with many other high-profile athletes, and he’s sure they have a fighting chance at winning against Jean.
“While it comes as no surprise that Naomi’s meteoric rise as an international icon and inspiration would lead to some false claim, this silly ‘contract’ that Naomi never saw or signed – which purports to give away part of herself at the age of 14 – is particularly absurd.”
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