“Getting paid playing with Serena Williams on a daily basis, I don’t care if it’s in Palm Beach Gardens or a stadium, it doesn’t get much than that.”
Sascha Bajin joined the TENNIS.com Podcast with Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi while he was in New York for the US Open. The 34-year-old has a decorated resume, having worked with Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Naomi Osaka and now, Kristina Mladenovic.
The German reflects on how he got his start as a 21-year-old hitting partner for one of the greatest athletes of all time. He would be part of Serena’s team for 13 of her 23 Grand Slam wins. He explains how he made the shift to coaching, as he was in Osaka’s player box as her coach for her 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open victories.
Bajin is currently working with Kristina Mladenovic. (Getty Images)
Coaching was a natural fit for him thanks to a selfless demeanor that makes him eager to help his player with everything and anything she needs, from picking up laundry to figuring out how to win a match during a changeover. The 2018 WTA Coach of the Year has come a long way, and he’s driven to do even more in the months, and years, ahead.
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