Meet Elise Mertens
Elise Mertens is a Belgian professional tennis player. Mertens has won four singles and four doubles WTA titles as well as 24 ITF titles to date. She has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 14, achieved on 13 August 2018, and a best doubles ranking of No. 13, achieved on 8 October 2018.
Mertens turned pro in 2013.
Coached by Dieter Kindlmann.
Previously trained under Belgian Federation until early teens, also spent a year at the Mouratoglou Academy in Paris.
Favorite surface is grass, favorite shot is the serve.
Began playing tennis at age 4, introduced to game by older sister Lauren, an airline pilot with KLM.
First tennis memory is watching Kim Clijsters playing live…Mother is Liliane Barbe (teaches languages and history); father is Guido Mertens (makes furniture for churches).
Was home schooled, enjoyed studying languages.
Loves animals and has lots of pets at home, four dogs and a variety of birds (pheasants, peacocks, chickens, cranes).
Speaks English, Dutch/Flemish, and French…short term goal is to end season inside the Top 100, describes qualifying for her first Grand Slam main draw at the 2016 US Open as “fulfilling an important goal.”
Winner (4): 2018 – Hobart, Lugano, Rabat; 2017 – Hobart.
Finalist (1): 2017 – Istanbul.
Winner (6): 2018 – Hobart, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Wuhan (both w/Schuurs), Lugano (w/Flipkens); 2017 – Guangzhou (w/Schuurs); 2016 – Auckland (w/Mestach).
Finalist (4): 2018 – Birmingham, Cincinnati (both w/Schuurs); 2017 – Bucharest (w/Schuurs), Istanbul (w/Melichar).