About

Elise Mertens has surely claimed her spot at the top of the WTA ranks. After capturing her first WTA singles and doubles titles in 2017, the Belgian jumped from World No.120 at the end of 2016 to No.35 by the end of the 2017 season. 2018 was a pivotal year for Elise, successfully defending her title at Hobart and capturing two additional singles titles at Lugano and Rabat. She reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open in January to break into the Top 20 for the first time in her young career. Elise's rise through the ranks has been steady yet swift – exactly two years after making her WTA main draw debut, she cracked the top 15, finishing 2018 with a career high ranking of #12. 2018 also proved to be a great year for Elise in doubles: she played 6 finals, of which she won 4, and reached a career high doubles ranking of #11. In 2019 Elise won her first-ever WTA Premier-level crown and the fifth title of her career overall.

Away from the court, the Belgian enjoys learning languages and currently speaks three herself: English, Dutch/Flemish and French. She classifies herself as an animal lover and has lots of pets at home, including four dogs and a variety of birds (pheasants, peacocks, chickens, cranes).


Personal

Tennis

  • Birthplace: Leuven, Belgium
  • Birthday: 17 November 1995
  • Residence: Hamont-Achel, Belgium
  • Length: 1,79 m / 5 ft 10 in
  • Languages: Dutch, French, English
  • Family: Father Guido, Mother Liliane, sister Lauren
  • Pets: four dogs and a variety of birds
  • Started Playing: at age of 4 introduced by sister
  • Turned Pro: 2013
  • Plays: Right-handed
  • Backhand: Two handed
  • Favorite Surface: Hardcourt / Grass
  • Favorite Shot: Serve
  • Singles high ranking: 12 (19 November 2018)
  • Doubles high ranking: 11 (22 October 2018)
  • Coach: David Taylor
  • Physical training and therapy: Sports And More
  • Training: Kim Clijsters Academy
 

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