‘There Are More Grudge Feelings There’: Serena Williams’ Hitting Partner Reveals Harsh Truth of WTA Tour

Published 12/27/2021, 12:38 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: Serena Williams of The United States looks on as she practices on the Aorangi Practice Courts during Day One of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC-Pool/Getty Images)


American tennis player Serena Williams is a living legend on the WTA Tour. The manner in which she has dominated the sport over the last two decades has been sensational. However, there is a lot of hard work and dedication that has led to her unprecedented success, and it can’t be achieved alone.

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Serena trains under Patrick Mouratoglou and works with the retired tennis professional Jarmere Jenkins, as her hitting partner. 

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Serena Williams’ hitting partner talks about the WTA Tour

In a recent podcast appearance, Jenkins mentioned that amongst the men, they practice with each other during tournaments despite knowing the fact they would be facing each other along the course of the competition. However, the case in the women’s section is entirely opposite. The grudges amongst the players in the women’s section are more, according to him.

He recently spoke about why there are more male hitting partners as compared to females. He said, “The girls don’t like each other at the end of the day. You see, in some tournaments certain guys are going to play each other and you’ll see them warming up with each other. You’ll never see that on the women’s side.”

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PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 06: Serena Williams of the United States leaves after the match against Elena Rybakina (not seen) of Kazakhstan in the 4th round of the singles on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France on June 06, 2021. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The 31-year-old former player stated, “So that’s where this hitting part came from. The girls play a match and something happens and they won’t talk to each other for years. About the guys, they sit in the locker room and go about their day. I mean, the girls, there are more grudge feelings there.” 

Coming to tennis, Serena Williams has not competed since the Wimbledon Championships. Sadly, she injured herself in the opening round, which led her to retire from the match midway. 

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She recently confirmed that she would also be missing the Australian Open, beginning next month. Therefore, it will be interesting to see when she makes a return to the Tour. We wish her all the best for the future.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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