Leonard Francois Is The Father of Naomi Osaka & Mari Osaka

Leonard Francois Is The Father of Naomi Osaka & Mari Osaka

Quick Facts of Leonard Francois

  • Full NameLeonard Francois
  • NicknameLeonard
  • Marital StatusMarried
  • BirthplaceHaiti
  • EthnicityAfro-American
  • ProfessionFamily Member, Famous Star
  • NationalityAmerican
  • Eye colourBlack
  • Hair colourBlack
  • BuildAverage
  • SpouseTamaki Osaka
  • Online PresenceTwitter
  • Children2; daughters

There are so many peoples who fight for their dreams, however, a  few can live to fulfill other’s dreams. Leonard Francois made both daughters involved in Tennis and also coached them using the techniques of the American tennis coach, Richard Dove Wiliams Jr. The inspiration for the thought popped into Leonard’s mind after watching the Williams sisters tennis performance in the year 1999.

The great father, Leonard made his daughter, Naomi able to play as a Japanese professional tennis player. She is widely recognized as the first top-ranked Asian player in singles. To more about Leonard Francois’ life, stay tuned.

Life of Leonard Francois

Born in Haiti, Leonard Francois grew up with his parents in a low-income family. Since an early age, Leonard was so much involved in sports. On one side, he was struggling for his career, in the meantime, his relationship with Tamaki Osaka was creating issues.

Leonard Francois with his wife and two daughters
Leonard Francois with his wife and two daughters
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Tamaki Osaka is originally from Japan and used to speak in Creole with her family. Her parents initially didn’t accept Tamaki’s relationship with Leonard. After this, the couple moved to Osaka city from Hokkaido and gave birth to their two daughters; Naomi Osaka and Mari.

Inspiration For Tennis

As we prior mentioned, Leonard Francois was passionated about sports from his childhood. He was an amateur tennis player. In the year 1999, he observed the tennis game of William sisters at the French Open and got inspired by them. He decided to coach his daughters to be tennis players.

At an initial phase, Leonard coached his daughters at the Clay Court where the American tennis coach, Richard had coached his daughters, Venus and Serena Williams. In one interview, Naomi told:

For me, one of the main things was that when I was practicing with my dad, if my sister wasn’t there, I don’t think I would have made it. I think maybe [Serena and I] both have this really big sister connection.

After receiving a short training in Florida, Leonard moved to Los Angeles with his two daughters. During that time, the sisters were four and three years old respectively. Currently, Naomi represents Japan, whereas, Mari successfully established her career as a Japanese tennis player.

Daughters

Both Leonard Francois’ daughters have successfully made their career as a professional tennis player. Their first daughter, Mari Osaka was born on 3rd April 1996 and currently 23 years old. She made her WTA singles debut at the 2019 Miami Open.

Naomi and her sister, Mari
Naomi and her sister, Mari during WTA Doubles Tour
Photo Source: Pinterest

His second daughter, Naomi Osaka represents Japan though she was born and raised in the United States. Her birth date is 16th October 1997 and currently at the age of 22. She is the winner of Grand Slam Title at the 2019 Australian Open.

Net Worth

Leonard Francois spent most of his time coaching his daughters in the tennis field. He made his daughters able to stand on their own feet. Though his net worth is not disclosed, both his daughters have accumulated quite a huge amount.

According to Forbes, she listed on no. 2 on the Forbes World’s Highest-paid female athletes with an estimated net worth of $24.3 Million. As per various sources, she earns $2 Million annually. She won $13,492,479 prize money as per her wiki. Looking at Mari’s wiki, she won $76,169.

Naomi Osaka flaunting her new car, Nissan
Naomi takes her first ride in a New Nissan Car
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Moreover, Naomi has made several endorsements with famous brands i.e. Nissin Foods, Shiseido, a multi-national care company. She earned $16 Million alone from her endorsements. Therefore, Leonard is spending a lavish life without any doubt.

 

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