While the name Naomi Osaka would surely ring a bell in the tennis world, however, little is known about her who doubles as her coach.
For those who don’t know, Leonard Francois is the father of Naomi and Mari Osaka, who are his two daughters.
One funny fact about Leonard Francois is that he was never a tennis coach and neither did he ever play the game; however, he went on to teach his daughters about the sport, and current Naomi Osaka is rated one of the best Tennis Player in the world with numerous of victories to her name.
This article is focused on Leonard Francois; continue reading see what we found out about him.
Full name: Leonard Maxime Francois
Place of birth: Jacmel, Haiti
Leonard Francois’ nationality: Haitian
Famous as: Naomi Osaka‘s father
Height in feet: 6’0″
Height in centimeters: 183
Eye colour: Dark brown
Hair colour: Black
Marital status: Married
Spouse: Tamaki Osaka
Children: Mari and Naomi Osaka
College: New York University
Occupation: Tennis coach
Leonard Francois’s biography
He was born in Jacmel, Haiti and is an African man. However, there are no details about his childhood, parents or date of birth available online. He is assumed to be around 40 years old.
While there are no details of his childhood, the only information about his educational history was that he attended New York University. There are no details on the course he studied and the year he graduated.
There is no detail about his career, but he is known as a tennis coach as he trained his two daughters, Osaka and Mari, to become Tennis players. A report revealed while his wife Tamaki Osaka provided financially for the family, he was busy training his daughters.
He followed the blueprint similar to that of Richard Williams, father to Serena and Venus Williams and led his daughters to the sport. Presently, Naomi Osaka is rated above Serena Williams, who used to dominate the sport years back.
He made sure his daughters played for Japan against the US due to lack of support from the latter.
Leonard Francois is married to a Japanese named Tamaki Osaka. Their relationship, in the beginning, was nothing short of rosy owing to the racial differences.
According to the report, Francois and Tamaki met back in college in the early 1990s, which was around the time when Japan permitted its first wave of foreigners into the country.
Francois and Tamaki kept their love a secret until they decided to take the vow. When she told her family about it, they were against it; her father especially was unhappy.
But Tamaki was determined to be with her man and thus left with him. She was isolated from her family for more than 15 years, but in 2008, the family had a reunion when she, her husband and two children returned to Japan.
Owing to the Japanese Family Registration Law(Koseki), Naomi and Mari adopted their mother’s name. They stayed in Japan for a few years before moving back to the states.
There are no details about his net worth online, but with Naomi Osaka‘s influence, he can live the life he wants.