Naomi Osaka is not having a fantastic moment.
The world no.1 started the new season in the best possible way after she won the title at the Australian Open, but things started to go south after she parted ways abruptly with her coach Sascha Baijin.
Later, Naomi crashed out in the opening match in Dubai, in the 4th round in Indian Wells and in the 3rd in Miami.
Unfortunately, Naomi has been also experiencing problems off court as she was sued by her former coach Christophe Jean that maintained that he signed a contract with Naomi’s father that they would give him 20% of the lifetime earnings of Naomi and her sister Mari.
Why the pleading against Osaka should be dismissed
According to Naomi’s lawyer Alex Spiro
“Plaintiff’s facially defective pleadings must be dismissed in their entirety. Any other result would permit a fired coach to exploit two minors who never bargained for the invalid deal he seeks to enforce.
The alleged contract is voidable under Florida law because the Osakas are minors when Plaintiff allegedly entered into the deal. As Plaintiff alleges, the Osakas have terminated it, which was their right.”
According to the lawyer “Florida does not permit child athletes to sign away their lifetime earnings during their infancy.”
That’s good news for Naomi.
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