Elise Mertens Bio

  • Currently coached by Alexander Kneepkens. Formerly worked with Robbie Ceyssens, Dieter Kindlmann, Daniel Goffin and Philippe Dehaes
  • • Previously trained under Belgian Federation until early teens, also spent a year at the Mouratoglou Academy in Paris
  • • Mother is Liliane Barbe (teaches languages and history); father is Guido Mertens (makes furniture for churches). 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
  • • Was home schooled, enjoyed studying languages; speaks English, Dutch/Flemish and French
  • • Loves animals and has lots of pets at home
  • • In 2021, launched a charitable initiative to support the Virunga National Park's efforts to save the gorilla
  • • population in the Democratic Republic of Congo. During 2021 season she will be wearing a Virunga Ranger necklace and sporting a badge on her bag to help raise awareness

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