Serena Williams hires former Virginia Cavaliers standout as hitting partner

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Serena Williams hires former Virginia Cavaliers standout as hitting partner

Jermaine Jenkins spent the 2017 season working as a hitting partner of Venus Williams, helping Venus to achieve amazing results and reach the WTA Finals, and it seems that this is becoming a family job! Namely, his younger brother Jarmere announced that he will be work with Serena in 2018. 27-year-old comes from College Park, Georgia, and he was destined to be a Collegiate tennis player, with his brother Jackie Jr playing for Northwestern and Jermaine at Clemson University.

Jarmere was a promising junior, entering Top 20 in 2008, and he reached the US Open doubles final and won doubles crowns at both Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl in his last junior season, losing to Yuki Bhambri in the Orange Bowl singles final.

He joined Virginia Cavaliers in 2009 and had 4 prominent seasons with one of the best Collegiate men's tennis teams in the United States. Jarmere notched more than 150 singles and 110 doubles wins, earning the ITA National Player of the Year award in 2013 after winning ITA Indoor Intercollegiate singles and reaching the final of the NCAA singles championships (he helped Virginia to win the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships crown).

On the Pro Tour, he won 24 Challenger matches, losing the final in Traralgon 3 years ago, and he notched almost 100 Futures wins, claiming 8 titles from 14 finals. Jenkins decided to retire this summer and he will now work with one of the best female players of all time, in her quest to reach the top of women's game again after missing the most of 2018 due to pregnancy.

It is still uncertain when we will see Serena on the court but Jarmere Jenkins will be there to help her get back into the old shape and continue where she left at the Australian Open in January, winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles crown.