Belgian Bliss, Sabalenka, Clijsters: 10 questions about Elise Mertens
Elise Mertens is a two-time Grand Slam doubles champion. Here are the answers to some common questions you might have about the Belgian
1. Who is Elise Mertens?
Elise Mertens – Dutch pronunciation [ˈmɛrtəns] – is a Belgian tennis player who competes on the professional women’s tour. She was born in Leuven, Belgium and resides in Hamont-Achel, also in Belgium.
2. How old is Elise Mertens?
Elise Mertens was born on November 17, 1995, and is 25 years old. Her mother, Liliane Barbe, teaches languages and history, while her father, Guido Mertens, makes furniture for churches.
3. When did Mertens start playing tennis?
Mertens began playing tennis when she was 4 years old. She was introduced to the sport by her older sister Lauren, who is an airline pilot.
4. Was Mertens a good junior?
As a junior, Mertens peaked at No. 7 in the ITF world junior rankings. Mertens won several Grade 1 and Grade 2 titles in singles & doubles, and her best performance at the junior slams came at the 2013 US Open where she reached the doubles semi-finals.
5. Who is Elise Mertens’ coach?
Mertens is currently coached by Robbie Ceyssens. She has earlier worked with Dieter Kindlmann.
6. Has Elise Mertens won a Grand Slam?
In singles, her best performance at the Grand Slams has been a semi-final appearance at the 2018 Australian Open, and back-to-back quarter-final appearances at the US Open in 2019 and 2020.
7. How many WTA titles has Elise Mertens won?
Mertens has won six WTA singles titles. She won her first title in Hobart in 2017, followed by Hobart, Lugano, and Rabat in 2018, Doha in 2019 and the Gippsland Trophy (Melbourne) in 2021.
Besides her two Grand Slam doubles titles, she has also won nine WTA Tour doubles titles. These include 2020 Ostrava (partnering with Sabalenka); 2019 Indian Wells & Miami (with Sabalenka); 2018 Hobart, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Wuhan (with Demi Schuurs), and Lugano (with Kirsten Flipkens).
8. What is Elise Mertens’ highest ranking?
Mertens’ highest doubles ranking has been No 2 which she first reached in September 2019. Her best singles ranking has been No 12 which she first achieved in November 2018.
You can find Mertens’ updated ranking and ranking history on her WTA Tour profile page.
9. How much prize money has Elise Mertens won in her career?
Mertens has won over $7.6 million in combined career prize money. You can find her updated prize money on her WTA Tour profile page.
10. Is Elise Mertens an animal lover?
Mertens loves animals and has several pets at home, including four dogs and several birds (pheasants, peacocks, chickens, cranes).
Mertens has also partnered with Beabond to launch a Mountain Gorilla Tag in support of the Virunga National Park to support their efforts around the critically endangered gorilla population.
Wearing the Mountain Gorilla Tag necklace 🦍 on court 🎾 in Miami ☀️
Do you want to help too? Visit https://t.co/rT3iDnY6ke
— Elise Mertens (@elise_mertens) March 24, 2021
11. Who are Mertens’ idols?
While growing up, Mertens looked up to her Belgian countrywomen, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters, both former world No 1s and multiple Grand Slam champions. Mertens has been training at the Kim Clijsters Academy since 2015.
Elise Mertens, who trains at the Kim Clijsters Academy, on Kim’s impending return: “It was really a surprise that she was coming back. But I’ve seen her practicing and everything. She hits it so clean. She is Kim Clijsters, so she will do great.”#WTAElitetrophy pic.twitter.com/EudRTazgrb
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) October 21, 2019
12. Is Elise Mertens on social media?
Elise Mertens has her own official website. The Belgian also keeps her fans regularly posted on her life via Instagram (over 63,000+ followers), Twitter (22,000+ followers) and Facebook (49,000+ followers).
— Elise Mertens (@elise_mertens) January 24, 2021