Sascha Bajin, also known as Big Sascha,’ is a German tennis hitting partner, coach, and former tennis player. He has established himself as a prominent hitting partner and coach working with some big names in women’s tennis circuit, including Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and Naomi Osaka. He started playing tennis as a kid under his father’s guidance and wanted to build a professional career in the sport, but he lost motivation following his father’s death in an accident. He played for Iphitos Munich in the 2nd Tennis Bundesliga. Eventually, he became hitting partner of Williams in 2007 and continued with her till 2015. During this period Williams won several titles, including 13 Grand Slam singles. Thereafter, Bajin got associated with Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens, and Caroline Wozniacki, as hitting partner. He later coached Osaka till mid-February 2019. With Bajin as her trainer, Osaka became the first Japanese in tennis history to win a Grand Slam title when she beat Williams to win the 2018 US Open, and also achieved the top spot in world rankings after consecutively winning her second Grand Slam title at the 2019 Australian Open. Bajin was honoured as Coach of the Year by Women's Tennis Association in 2018.
Childhood & Early Life
Sascha Bajin was born Aleksandar Bajin on October 4, 1984, in Serbia into a Serbian-German family. He was raised in Munich-Feldmoching. Not much is known about his family background and parents. He is the eldest son of his parents and has a younger brother, who lives in Germany.
Bajin began to play tennis at the age of 6. He was coached by his father, who also played the game. He developed interest in the sport and wanted to become a professional tennis player. However, after the sudden death of his father in an accident, the 15 years old Bajin lost interest could not become a professional tennis player.
He completed his graduation from Palm Beach State College.
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Bajin took part in the 2nd Tennis Bundesliga and played for the Munich tennis and tournament club Iphitos, counted among the most famous tennis clubs in Germany.
With time, Bajin became active as a coach. As a result of a recommendation by a Munich colleague, Bajin became the hitting partner of American tennis player Serena Williams. By then Williams was already a big name in the world of tennis.
Bajin was part of Williams’ camp from 2007 till sometime in 2015 and resided in Florida for several years. During this association, Williams won thirteen Grand Slam singles titles, seven Grand Slam doubles titles, a doubles gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, a gold medal in both singles and doubles at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She also held the top spot in world rankings five times during this period.
While working with Williams, Bajin developed a good rapport with the ace player. Apart from playing his role as her hitting partner, Bajin also trained with her in the gym. He was many a times seen with her during marketing events and occasionally stood by her side as her bodyguard. He often mimicked playing styles of her opponents, including that of her sister Venus, while preparing her for matches.
On one occasion, Bajin mentioned that when he takes time off, he tells Williams not to call, text, or contact him. However, when Williams had a disappointing show at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, losing in the third round in singles and retiring from the doubles with Venus in the second round, Bajin took her to Croatia for two weeks. Williams won the first tournament she played following her return to competition and while receiving the trophy she dedicated this victory to Bajin.
He was also associated as hitting partner of Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka (between 2015 and 2016), American tennis player Sloane Stephens (in 2016), and Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki (2017 to 2018).
He then became the trainer of Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka and coached her until mid-February 2019. During this period, Osaka won the US Open in September 2018 defeating Serena Williams. This win made her the first Japanese player in the history of the game to win a Grand Slam title. She also climbed at #7 in world rankings, emerging among the top ten for the first time.
In late December 2018, the Women's Tennis Association named Bajin as ‘Coach of the Year.’
With Bajin as her coach, Osaka went on to win her second and successive Grand Slam at the 2019 Australian Open beating Petra Kvitová.
Following the Australian Open 2019, Osaka attained the top spot in world rankings. She, however, announced separation with Bajin via Twitter on February 11, 2019.
Family & Personal Life
According to sources, Bajin has dated many girls during his college days. He is rumoured to have been in a relationship with model Federica Rivolta and was spotted with her a few times in public places. However, a confirmation never came from either Bajin or Rivolta. It seems that Bajin prefers to keep his personal life out of the spotlight as there is hardly any information available on his present dating, relationship or marital status.
Bajin loves to do fishing during his spare time. He enjoys hitting the gym, likes continental food and mentions Switzerland as his dream holiday destination. His favourite celebrities are American actor, producer, and singer Kevin Spacey, and South African and American actress and film producer Charlize Theron.
His present sponsor affiliations are Nissin and Yonex. Bajin enjoys a decent popularity on Twitter.