Title: Executive Assistant
Favorite Karaoke Song: “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow
For the last five years, Jessica Baron has been at Venus’ side, never knowing what she might be doing next, but ready for anything. Baron met Venus in 2007, after Venus’ agent serendipitously found Baron’s resume at the world famous IMG Agency, where Baron had interviewed for a job. On paper it was a perfect match. A Miami native and a stand-out high school tennis player, Baron had gone to Michigan State on a full-ride tennis scholarship and graduated with a degree in marketing.
“I think Venus recognized that I understood her daily regimen,” says Baron. “I had been an athlete in college and had managed full-time school and full-time tennis.”
For Baron, travelling the world and being surrounded by tennis is a dream job. She has accompanied Venus to India, France, Italy, Mexico, Australia, and the U.K. When Venus is playing in a tournament, Baron watches from the family box, trading insights with Team Venus hitting coach David Witt. It’s Baron’s favorite part of the job, as long as Venus’ opponent is not named Serena.
“When Venus and Serena were playing each other in the 2008 Wimbledon finals, it was the most nerve-wracking, stressful thing ever,” says Baron.
When the travelling is over, Baron likes to stay near home and work on her tennis game as well as spend some quality time at home with Chase, her terrier mix. Life is never boring.
“My schedule is crazy. I am always on my toes,” she says. “I never know what I am going to do tomorrow and I am fine with that.”