Elise Mertens is a Belgian professional tennis player. A top 15 player in both singles and doubles, she achieved her career-high singles ranking of world No. 12 on 26 November 2018. On 10 May 2021, she became world No. 1 in women’s doubles holding the top ranking for a week.
Mertens has won six singles and eleven doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including two Grand Slam titles in doubles, at the 2019 US Open and 2021 Australian Open with Aryna Sabalenka, as well as eleven singles and thirteen doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. While her most prolific success has come in the form of doubles, including winning both the Indian Wells and Miami doubles titles in 2019 to complete the Sunshine Double, Mertens has also been very successful in singles, including reaching the semifinals at the 2018 Australian Open and the quarterfinals of both the 2019 and 2020 US Open.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with an exceptionally talented Elise Mertens, World No.1 Women’s Doubles Tennis Player, and winner of two Grand Slam titles in doubles; at the 2019 US Open and 2021 Australian Open here she talks about her workout and diet, and mantra of success as a tennis player.
You have won five singles and nine doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including one Grand Slam doubles title at the 2019 US Open, as well as eleven singles and thirteen doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. Walk us through your spectacular journey and share what all that led you to take up this sport?
My journey into tennis started in my early childhood as I was about three years old. My elder sister Lauren was nine at that time and playing tennis. As my dad had his own company-wood furnisher of churches- I had to go along with my mum, watching my sister practicing and playing tournaments at local clubs.
I wanted to become at least as good as my sister, even dreaming of playing doubles with her. So I started to play once or twice a week. at the age of nine, I left home for tennis boarding school and I really got focused on the game and still do
You were home-schooled; share with us your experience being able to focus on sports? Your inspirational role models?
As my mum was a teacher, I got the opportunity to get home-school. I was able to divide my time between tennis and study, increasing my focus on tennis. Even when I was living abroad (Mouratoglou near Paris, Boca Raton Florida,) I came home in between tournaments for my exams in Brussels. But soon we all realized that I had to make a choice, which for me was easy to make.
As a matter a fact, nobody inspired me in this decision. It was the only and natural choice for me, without any regrets. You can learn a lot from life itself. And you can study at any age, but playing tennis is limited in time.
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