Leonard Francois

Known for being supportive father of Naomi Osaka

Leonard Francois
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Leonard Francois is the proud father of Naomi Osaka, a well-known Japanese professional tennis star. Naomi is also the current singles champion of the US Open and the Australian Open.

Leonard Francois: About

Leonard’s birth date has remained a mystery but is of Haitian descent. It’s only a guess, but he was born in the 1980s, so he’s probably in his forties.

He was born in the small town of  Jacmel, Haiti. His ancestors are of African ancestry. Due to the lack of a date of birth, his natal sign is unknown. Leonard Maxime Francois is his full name.

He has also kept his parents, early life, and siblings private.

Leonard Francois: Education

He hasn’t mentioned his educational institution or degree in his discussion about his educational history.

Wife and Kids

Leonard Francois Family
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Leonard is married to Tamaki Osaka, a wonderful woman. The couple met in New York, where he was pursuing his education at New York University.

They dated for a long period before finally deciding to exchange vows.

The couple shared two children named Mari and Noami. Their first child was born in Japan on April 3, 1996. And the newest was born on October 16, 1997.

Tamaki and Leonard had to hide their love in its early stages due to Japanese society at the time.

It can only be imagined the circumstances back then, given how racism towards people of color is still widespread in most regions of the country.

At the time of marriage, Tamaki simply revealed her relationship with Francois. As expected, Osaka’s family was not pleased, particularly her father, who accused her of damaging their family’s reputation.

Leonard’s Support for kids

Mari and Naomi did not begin playing tennis as a hobby, despite popular belief. Leonard Francois, their father, introduced them to tennis and taught them how to play.

When you consider that Francois has never played tennis or coached anyone before, it’s rather amusing. When he saw the Williams sisters dominate the French Open on an odd night in 1999, the idea came to him.

Seeing the deed encouraged him to make his children almost undefeated like the Williams sisters.

He had little experience with competitive sports, however. As a result, he went to the Williams sisters, a place he knew well.

Francois started tutoring his two young girls with the hopes of becoming the next Williams sisters in tennis. Similarly, his entire family shifted to New York in 2001, and his plan began to take shape.

Leonard’s family relocated to Florida after teaching his children the fundamentals so that they may have better prospects. And, fortunately, his foresight and perseverance were rewarded in the end.

Body Measurement

No information related to his height or weight has been disclosed. He has dark brown eyes. His hair is dark in tone as well. There are no other specifics about his body measurements or shoe size available.

Social Media

He is not active on any social media. Also, he does not have an Instagram or Facebook account in his name.

About Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka began playing tennis when she was three years old. She was born and raised in the United States, yet she is a Japanese citizen who represents her country in court (her mother is from Japan, her father from Haiti).

Osaka has a service that travels at 120 miles per hour, was the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam, and is the first Asian tennis player to earn the global No. 1 ranking.

Osaka is a fearless baseliner who enjoys hitting the ball high in the air to get an advantage over her opponents.

She also employs her forehand as an aggressive weapon, hitting deep, hard forehands to try to dictate rallies.

Osaka’s backhand is a two-handed backhand that she uses to set up her forehand. She can, however, employ it as an attacking tool if she gives herself enough time to prepare.


Quick Facts

Full Name Leonard Maxime Francois
Birth Date Unknown
Birth Place Jacmel, Haiti
Nickname Leo
Religion N/A
Nationality Haitian
Ethnic Background African
Education N/A
Horoscope N/A
Father’s Name N/A
Mother’s Name N/A
Siblings Unknown
Age approx. 40
Height Unknown
Weight Unknown
Shoe Size Unknown
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Build Average
Marital Status Married
Wife  Tamaki Osaka
Children Two Daughters
Occupation Tennis Coach
Active years 1990-present
Net Worth Under Review
Salary  Under Review
Famous As Father of Naomi Osaka
Merch of Naomi Osaka Posters, Barbie Doll
Last Update March 2022

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Written by Dana Musa

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