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A Day in the Life of Serena’s Hitting Partner

This is what daily life is like for Aleksander Bajin, Serena Williams’ servant hitting partner:

  • Arrive early at the courts, usually by bus.
  • Warm up with Williams for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Make sure she has help stretching, from him or her physiotherapist.
  • Make sure her rackets are strung correctly and her grips are just so.

Also, he “books the practice courts, make sure she has the food she wants and just try to keep her happy.”

Serena’s reason for keeping him around? “He’s a Libra and I’m a Libra,” she said.

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