Elise Mertens has the weapons to compete with the best players to measure. That says Kim Clijsters, the former number 1 in the world in whose academy in Bree Mertens train on a regular basis.
According to Kim, the 22-year-old Mertens, thanks to her semi-final at the Australian Open, a “huge step forward was made in a short time”. “Her recent titles (in Lugano, and Rabat) have shown that they are good to deal with that new situation. I notice it also in the way she is training in my academy. She is someone who knows what she wants, but also what they don’t want to. It stores well, defends well, and plays varied tennis. Also mentally she is stronger. She has become a fixed value that can compete with the best.”
Clijsters is in Paris to once again take part in the Trophée des Légendes, a tournament for old glories. “I usually play this year on the side of Nathalie Tauziat,” explains the Limburg. “Sometimes I hit a ball in my academy in Bree. Also, it is always fun to such an event to take part.”
In addition, the four-grandslamkampioene, almost 35, contests analysing for Eurosport. “They asked me quite a while, but I felt not quite ready for. Now I have already for ESPN, and for the BBC at Wimbledon. I look forward to working with those big names (o.a. John McEnroe and Mats Wilander) to work together.”